Combine Showing Puts Matthews on the Map

Up until the turn of the New Year, recruiting was slow for Charles Matthews. However, things picked up – almost as fast as he can run – following a remarkable combine performance.

"He was a good player – a two-year starter for us, all-district player – and then he went to a combine in the beginning of January – right after the New Year, January 2," said Solon (Ohio) head coach Jim McQuaide. "He ran a 4.37 and a 4.31 [40-yard dash time] at the combine and a 35-inch vertical. That has increased his college interest.

"I've had a lot of [college coaches] in [Tuesday] and I have some coming in [Wednesday]. He's just going through everything and then just seeing where he'll end up in a couple of weeks."

North Carolina was among the schools that jumped on Matthews, a 5-foot-10 165-pound athlete, immediately after the combine performance. Wasting no time, the UNC coaching staff had Matthews come in for an official visit this past weekend.

"He liked [the visit] a lot – there's not doubt about it," said McQuaide. "He was very impressed with everything – Coach [Butch] Davis and his staff, the whole city, the campus, [and] the academic programs. He really had a good time."

Matthews will take his second official visit on January 26th to Virginia. He's mulling through his interest in an effort to fill out the remainder of his official visit schedule.

"He has some other schools [that are interested in setting up an official visit]," said McQuaide. "Ohio State was here [Tuesday]; West Virginia is [coming Wednesday]; Cincinnati [is coming this week]. He's kind of getting everything in line here deciding where [he'll visit]. Everything's going fast the last week or so."

Matthews has yet to land his first Division I-A scholarship offer, but he received plenty of Division I-AA and II offers prior to his combine showing.

The rapid developments in his recruitment hasn't allowed Matthews to establish an early leader, according to McQuaide.

North Carolina – as well as every other school – is recruiting Matthews as a wide receiver and returner.

"First of all, he's very fast – there's no doubt about it," said McQuaide. "And he has tremendous feet; he gets in and out of a cut very fast. He catches the ball well, returns the ball well. If he gets in an area to run, he's gone. He's got away from everyone we play and we play Glenville, St. Ignatius."

For Solon, Matthews played wide receiver, while returning kicks and punts. During his senior season, Matthews caught 30 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned a kick for a touchdown. Not surprisingly, Matthews excels in track, also.


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