As a talented underclassman that was trusted to lead his team into the playoffs, sophomore Clairton (Penn.) athlete Aaron Matthews helped the Bears to a 9-2 record in 2013. Despite achieving nine wins last year, Matthews is nowhere near satisfied with Clairton's most recent showing or his own.
"Personally, I felt that I did alright; but I also feel I could have done way more," Matthews told GoBlueWolverine. "As a team, I feel like we fell short. My goal was to make it to the (conference) championship and work our way to states. I wasn't really worried about our record as much as I was taking our team to the championship. I already know for a fact that we are going to the championship this year. There's not a doubt in my mind."
Despite falling short of his pre-season goal to compete in the state championship game, Matthews turned in a prolific year that has generated considerable buzz amongst certain Big Ten schools.Matthews has capitalized on his time thus far, producing in bunches on the field last year.
"I know that I had 110 carries for 1,010 yards and my receiving and rushing combined for 16 touchdowns," said Matthews. "I also had 6 or 7 passing touchdowns as well."
Besides being a dual-threat quarterback, when he is not slinging the rock to his Clairton teammates Matthews also moonlights as a pass-catching phenom.
"I'm a running quarterback that likes to have the ball in his hands," said Matthews. "As a wideout I can really be a guy for my quarterback to lean on, depending on if you want jump balls, short routes or anything. As a quarterback I prefer running more than passing, but I actually prefer wideout."
While Matthews could end up at either quarterback or wide receiver in college, Aaron sees himself at the wide receiver position in college. Michigan, one of the schools showing interest in Matthews at this point, also fancies the 6-foot-5, 175 lb. prospect at wideout as well.
"I have three schools that are interested right now, Michigan, Penn State and Pitt," said Matthews. "So far Pitt shows the most interest. The coaches are dropping by the school to talk to me, and they do that more often any other school really."
Since his recruitment is just starting to pick up steam, Matthews is reciprocating interest in the three programs that pursue him so far. Matthews has been vigilant as of late, taking an unofficial visit to Michigan just over a week ago.
"It went well as far as my first visit," said Matthews. "I didn't know what to expect, but I went there and saw a lot of things that I liked, and just enjoyed myself."
During his stay in Ann Arbor, Matthews was able to observe the Michigan basketball team's 84-80 victory over Indiana on Senior Night at the Crisler Center. This created a positive environment for the collection of recruits in attendance to experience. This event resonated with Matthews, who recounts his Michigan visit with fondness.
"I liked it up there," said Matthews. "I read that they are ranked as a good college school-wise, not just sports. They also recruit good people, as you can see on their team."
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