Matthews Enjoys Iowa Trip

E.C. Matthews used his first official visit on Iowa this past weekend. The 2013 combo guard came away impressed. He planned to see more schools to compare them to the Hawkeyes.

If Iowa doesn't land recruit E.C. Matthews, it won't be attributed to a lack of trying.

The 2013 combo guard from Michigan officially visited the Hawkeyes during the weekend. When he got home on Sunday, the Iowa coaches visited him there, according to his Romulus High Coach Nate Oats.

"They're working hard to try to get it done," Oats said of the Iowa coaches. "They're doing what they can. I think E.C. just needs to maybe compare it to a couple of places before he makes a decision."

Oats, a Wisconsin native, plans on traveling with Matthews and his mother, Regina Townsend, on an unofficial visit to Milwaukee this weekend to see Marquette. The family will vacation later this month and doesn't expect to set any more visits until after it returns, Oats said.

Matthews used his first of five official trips allowed by NCAA rules to see the Hawkeyes. Head Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis have applied a full-court recruiting press on the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder and offered a scholarship in the spring.

"E.C. enjoyed the visit," Oats said. "He felt comfortable with the coaching staff. He felt comfortable with the guys (Iowa players). He would be comfortable playing there. We'll see how the rest of this process goes.

"The mother, Regina, and E.C. both had nothing but positive things to say about the visit."

Oats said last week that Matthews was finding it difficult to trim his list of prospective schools. He still was considering 10-12 programs, the coach said.

To catch up on Matthews' recruiting process, please click here. ranks Matthews as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. He is rated as the 16th best shooting guard in the country for his class by the service.

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