Matthews Drops by Campus

Cliff Matthews got his first in-depth, up-close look at the North Carolina football program when the 6-5 jumbo athlete from Cheraw (S.C.) High School unofficially visited the Chapel Hill campus on Wednesday afternoon.

"I just wanted to check it out, get some looks at the place," said Matthews. "It was real nice when I was down there - I saw around campus."

"Everything's just real nice. They have a real nice stadium."

Before the trip, North Carolina was not among Matthews' top five, but that now appears likely to change.

"I haven't thought about my new top five, but I'm pretty sure [UNC] will be in it," said Matthews.

Later this summer, Matthews, who is up to 12 scholarship offers, plans to set a final top five. Formerly, he had listed South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Florida as his favorites.

At 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds, and owning a legit 4.6-second 40-yard dash time, Matthews could play many positions at the next level. Although the Tar Heels are mostly recruiting him for defensive end, he could end up on the offensive side of the ball.

"[Recruiting coordinator] Coach [Danny] Pearman tells me they are recruiting me just for defensive end," said Matthews. "But, he said the staff is arguing about [where to play me – defensive end or tight end]."

This weekend, Matthews will head to Georgia for an unofficial visit and then camp in Athens from June 7th to the 9th.

As a junior at Cheraw, Matthews earned all-state honors in three sports – football, basketball, and track. On the football field he collected 75 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions on defense, and 17 catches for 256 yards on offense.

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