Matthews Has Made His Decision

Cheraw (SC) standout Cliff Matthews is rated by Scout.com as the #21 defensive end prospect in the nation this year, and the talented pass-rusher is gearing up to announce his college choice this Thursday. Matthews has favored Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia at different times throughout the recruiting process. Read inside for more...

Cheraw (SC) standout Cliff Matthews is rated by Scout.com as the #21 defensive end prospect in the nation this year, and the talented pass-rusher is gearing up to announce his college choice this Thursday. Matthews has favored Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia at different times throughout the recruiting process, but he has been discreet of late as to who will receive his pledge on Thursday.

The 6'5, 230 pound Matthews is set to announce his decision at 6:30 PM in his high school gym on Thursday evening, and when asked to name which programs he will be choosing from, Matthews listed off three lucky schools.

"Georgia, Clemson, and (South) Carolina."

Matthews, who accumulated 66 tackles and 7 sacks as a junior, described what he likes about each of his three finalists.

Georgia - "I like the coaching staff. They have great facilities and a great academic program."

South Carolina - "They also have a great coaching staff. It's an in-state school, and it's close to home."

Clemson - "Clemson was my first offer, and some of the former players I've played with go to Clemson."

Matthews had recently stated that he has no favorites out of those three schools, but when asked on Sunday night if he had a good idea of who he might commit to on Thursday, Matthews gave the following response:

"I already know where I want to go."

Matthews would not comment any further, but he listed off a couple of factors that helped lead him to his decision.

"Probably the graduating rate and the academic program."

Once Matthews announces his decision, he will turn his attention to his senior season, and he has one clear goal in mind.

"I just want to lead my team to a State Championship."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on Cliff Matthews as his decision date approaches.

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