Matthews Hopes To Rewrite USC's Record Books

Cheraw (SC) 5-star defensive end Cliff Matthews is one of the jewels of South Carolina's 2007 recruiting class, and the elite pass rusher has already set some lofty goals that he hopes to attain in his freshman season and beyond with the Gamecocks. However, those who know Matthews know not to underestimate his drive to succeed. Read inside for full story.

The 6'5, 230 pound Matthews, who is rated the #6 defensive end prospect in America by, is set to make his official visit to USC this weekend, and he's looking forward to a good time.

"I'm going to South Carolina this weekend for my official visit," said Matthews. "I'm looking to learn more about the school and just have fun with those guys."

Matthews joined several of his future Gamecock teammates at the Offense-Defense All American game in Fort Lauderdale, FL a couple of weeks ago, and he enjoyed hanging out with his fellow USC commitments.

"It was a good experience, and I learned a lot from it. I met a lot of great people. There were a lot of (USC commitments) down there. We took a lot of pictures together, and we just hung out and had fun."

The Palmetto State standout is currently in the middle of basketball season, but as soon as that ends, he plans to put his full focus on getting bigger and stronger before arriving at USC in the summer.

"I want to get a lot stronger and pushing 240 (pounds). I want to be around 240."

Matthews also stated that he is keeping in close contact with the USC coaches, and they are telling him to be ready to play next season.

"Yeah, I keep in close touch with Coach (David) Reaves, Coach (Tyrone) Nix, and Coach (Brad) Lawing. They're telling me that I will play early, and there might be a possibility that I could play some tight end too."

Lastly, Matthews shared a couple of his goals for his freshman season at USC and beyond.

"I want to break the freshman sack record. I want to have the most sacks ever from a freshman, and then I want to have the most sacks for a career at Carolina."

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