Stalemate For Matthews:"It has to feel right"

Highly touted Palmetto State defensive end Cliff Matthews made an official visit to Georgia over the weekend to see the Bulldogs take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Read inside to find out how his trip went, and where the Gamecocks now stand in the race for his services.



Cheraw (SC) defensive end Cliff Matthews rode into Athens, GA this past weekend with high expectations and Georgia on his mind. On record all was even with his top three schools, but many experts and analysts expected Georgia to either move back into the drivers seat with the 4-star prospect, or possibly even gain his commitment to play for the Bulldogs. However, to the surprise of many, all three schools are still at a stalemate.

Matthews commented on his trip to Athens, as he said, "The trip was good. It was my mom's first chance to see the campus." When asked if he committed to the Bulldogs on his visit to the Peach State, Matthews replied, "No I didn't. I want to visit all of my top three schools first, and then I'll decide. It just has to feel right."

Matthews stated that Georgia, South Carolina, and Clemson are all still very much in the picture for his services. "All three schools have something to offer. I just want to be sure everything is right for me," said Matthews. "I thank the coaches at Geogia for not pressuring me into a decision. They didn't ask me what I wanted to do. I think they understand I want to take my time with my decision."

Matthews wants to concentrate on his senior season right now where he is one of the top sack artists in the Palmetto State, but he has tentatively set up an official visit with South Carolina for the Arkansas game on November 4. He is still looking at the Clemson schedule to decide on that trip.

Matthews stated that he wants to get the recruiting process over sooner rather than later, and a decision could come from him some time in the next couple of months. But once again, Matthews reiterated that he will not come to a final decision until "everything feels right."

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