Mathews, teammate enjoy trip to Louisville

Christian Mathews, one of Louisville's top quarterback prospects, and Arlington (TX) Bowie teammate Dexter Linton, who also has an offer from the Cardinals, came away impressed with Louisville after a three-day visit with Steve Kragthorpe's program over the weekend. Did the trip move Louisville up the talented duo's list?

Christian Mathews, one of Louisville's top quarterback prospects, and Arlington (TX) Bowie teammate Dexter Linton, who also has an offer from the Cardinals, came away impressed with Louisville after a three-day visit with Steve Kragthorpe's program over the weekend.

Mathews, who led Bowie to a 12-2 record and threw for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, told InsideTheVille.com that he enjoyed his visit with Louisville.

"It was pretty nice. We had a good time," Mathews said. "We were up there for three days and got to look around the campus, see the facilities and talk with the coaches. It was a great experience."

Louisville assistant Tony Alford is the point man for the Cardinals with their recruitment of the Arlington Bowie teammates. "He just talked about the school, academics," said Mathews. "I mostly talked with my main recruiter – Coach Alford."

Mathews, a three-star prospect and the No. 48 quarterback nationally, said he was impressed by Louisville's ‘new' athletic facilities.

"They had pretty nice facilities," Mathews said. "The indoor practice facility was really nice and the stadium is great."

While in town, Mathews led his Bowie high team to the 7-on-7 passing title, defeating Louisville Male in for the championship.

"I didn't participate in their camp because I hurt my arm (during the tournament)," Mathews said. "It was nice to win the 7-on-7 tournament. We played a lot of good teams from several different states. It was a nice experience."

Mathews said he plans to camp at Ole Miss this month. The 6-3, 175-pound signal-caller also said that Kansas was atop his list prior to his visit to Louisville but has since "changed his mind about that."


Linton was impressed with Louisville.

"Louisville is the same as everyone else," said Mathews. "I'm trying to keep things open. It's a toss-up where I'll go right now."

Tulsa, Houston, Kansas, Ole Miss and Louisville appear Mathews' top choices.

Linton, an All-District free safety as a junior, said his visit to Louisville exceeded his expectations.

"It was nice," Linton said. "I liked (Louisville). I didn't think it was going to be that nice but it was better than I thought. I thought it was going to be smaller but it was a normal city."

Linton, who runs a 4.4 forty and intercepted two passes last season, said the opportunity for early playing time at Louisville has him considering the Cardinals offer.

"I liked the tour of the campus and talking with the coaches," said Linton. "They talked about what they have to offer and how I would fit in with them. They see me playing at safety and they said I could get early playing time."

At 6-0, 180-pounds, Linton is a hot commodity as a defensive back. He has eight offers to prove it, offers that afford him plenty of options.

"I'm looking at all the schools that have offered and I'm planning to take some other visits," Linton said.

Linton, who said he plans to narrow his list down later this summer before making his decision, said he plans to make an unofficial visit to Houston this summer and will attend the Ole Miss camp.


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