Heels Back in Race for Matthews

Over the summer, Cliff Matthews eliminated North Carolina from contention as he worked down his list of options. However just days before he was expected to announce his collegiate decision, the Scout.com four-star prospect decided to shift into reverse.

"I want to make my decision at another time," said Matthews. "I want to take my visits – me and my mom – and then decide. Some [visits] during the season, some after."

Matthews, a 6-foot-5 220-pound jumbo athlete from Cheraw (S.C.), plans to include stops at Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina among his travels.

"Everything is equal [among those aforementioned schools] – everything is open," said Matthews.

Matthews' visits will be of both the official and unofficial variety, but he plans to at least officially visit each of his final four schools.

Although Matthews originally eliminated the Tar Heels in early July, primary recruiter, Danny Pearman, has never lost contact.

"Me and him text almost every day," said Matthews. "He just been checking on me and stuff – make sure I'm doing well in school and everything."

Matthews unofficially visited Chapel Hill in June and hasn't been back since, but is looking forward to soaking in the game time atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

"I do definitely want to attend a game there, but I don't know which one yet," said Matthews.

Although Matthews is being recruited for defensive end, he stars on both sides of the ball – defensive end and tight end – for Cheraw High School.

Matthews' senior season opens August 25th against Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County.

As a junior, 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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