The Frogs' roster currently has four defensive linemen from the Pelican State, three of which are from the same school; Chucky Hunter, James McFarland and Terrell Lathan who all hail from West Monroe. Add in Denham Springs native Tevin Lawson, the Frogs have a very stout group of Louisiana players on the defensive line. In addition to those four, Shreveport Evangel Christian defensive lineman Chris Bradley will arrive on campus in June.
The Frogs are once again in the hunt for a few defensive linemen from Louisiana for their 2015 class and among them is Bossier City (LA) Airline prospect Charlie Matthews.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder had an incredible junior campaign as he racked up 22 tackles for loss which included 7 sacks. Matthews was named 1-5A Defensive Most Valuable player for his efforts.
Several schools are showing Matthews interest at the moment including Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee State. He's already secured offers from McNeese State, Louisiana Tech and TCU, who offered Matthews last week.
"It's going real good, I'm getting a bunch of letters from different places," Matthew said of recruiting. "I've got a few offers from TCU, Louisiana Tech and McNeese State."
Matthews hasn't had the chance to attend but one junior day when he visited Louisiana Tech several weeks ago in which he called a "good" trip. Matthews will be making a trip to Dallas-Ft. Worth in a little over a week as he'll compete in the Nike Football Training Camp at the Dallas Cowboys Training Facility on April 5th. The next day he'll be making his first visit to TCU.
At the moment, Matthews doesn't know a whole lot about the program other than they have nice facilities and a good team. He's been doing some recent research though since receiving the offer from the Frogs.
"I've been watching a lot of stuff on them on the internet and I really like the way they do things," he said. "Everything is up to date; they have a nice locker room, nice field with great players and great coaches."
Matthews has already built a good relationship with his recruiter; receivers coach Rusty Burns. The defensive lineman knows that with Burns, it's more than just football when the two talk.
"He's a real cool guy; he checks up on me to see how I'm doing and with him it's more about football with him; he cares about how your family is doing," Matthews said. "I really like Coach Burns."
Among the discussions the player and coach have is the success of TCU's defensive line and in particular where those players are from. Matthews says having players from his home state on the roster, especially at his position is a big plus.
"I was thinking about that; Coach (Burns) was telling me that they have six or seven defensive linemen from Louisiana and I like that honestly," Matthews said.
Matthews is looking at a variety of factors to help him make his decision.
"Education is first, I like a place that will help me with my education," Matthews said. "I'd also like to get in the mix early and have a little early playing time. I also like (a school) that has great coaches that care about you."
With his visit to Ft. Worth just over a week away, could a commitment be coming TCU's way? Matthews says he'll obviously see how it goes when he visits, but at the moment TCU is his definite favorite.
"It's just TCU right now, they're my favorite," he said. "I'll see how it is when I get down there."