[Premium Article] Fernando Matthews, Clarksdale High School's outstanding strong safety, talks recruiting with Gene's Page's recruiting correspondent Brent Bozeman."> [Premium Article] Fernando Matthews, Clarksdale High School's outstanding strong safety, talks recruiting with Gene's Page's recruiting correspondent Brent Bozeman.">

Fernando Matthews Recruiting Update

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/fmatthews120-160.jpg" align="left" width="119" height="162"> [Premium Article] Fernando Matthews, Clarksdale High School's outstanding strong safety, talks recruiting with Gene's Page's recruiting correspondent Brent Bozeman.

Fernando, why don't you tell Gene's Page readers a little about yourself.
"I'm 6-1, 205 and I play strong safety for Clarksdale. Right now I'm averaging about 10 tackles a game."

10 tackles. That's impressive. Do you have any other stats to report?
"I don't have any sacks or interceptions - but no one throws to my side and I hardly ever get to go on a blitz. I basically read the run."

Do you play any other positions besides strong safety?
"No, just strong safety. I've been playing that for 3 years now."

Well, tell me about recruiting. How is that going and who is recruiting you?
"Mississippi State is recruiting me hard. South Carolina came down and took a peek at me for one game. Ole Miss is still recruiting me. And Auburn and Southern Miss. But I'm still leaning to Mississippi State and sending them game film all the time."

I see. Didn't you have some teammates make commitments recently?
"Trumaine (McBride) and (Marcus) Cohen committed to Ole Miss."

What do you think about that?
"I'm happy for them. You know, everybody's got to go their own way. I hope they produce."

Do you think their commitments are firm?
"I think so. They seem to be. But you never know."

Have you guys taken any visits yet?
"They have taken (unofficial) visits to Ole Miss. Those are the only ones I know of. I think Cohen went to Mississippi State but they haven't been coming down that often."

Do you have any visits set up?
"I'm taking visits to Ole Miss and Mississippi State but I don't know what dates I'm going. I've been to State. I saw the game last week when Darren tied the school record."

Have you been keeping up with Darren?
"Oh, yeah."

I bet you were exited about that game.
"I really was. I mean that's love seeing a former teammate and hopefully a future teammate with 3 interceptions and tying the school record."

Well, I'll be checking back with you soon once you start taking your visits. Good luck the rest of the season.
"Thanks."


Brent Bozeman is a correspondent for Gene's Page. He can be reached by email at bozeman@telepak.net .

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