Matthews Pipeline Continues in Aggieland

There's not a more prolific family name in the game of football than Matthews. Brothers Bruce and Clay Matthews had distinguished careers in the NFL, but they are becoming known for their sons having success in the sport. The latest is Bruce's son Mike who made his college choice known publicly on Wednesday. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has all the details.

It all started several years ago when NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews' son Kevin decided to attend Texas A&M and walk-on to the Aggie football team. By the time he graduated, Kevin Matthews was a multi-year starter at center and made an NFL roster. Last year, younger brother Jake was an elite prospect recruited by the likes of USC, Texas, and Texas A&M. The five star lineman chose to follow in his older brother's footsteps and signed with Texas A&M. Jake promptly won the starting right tackle spot in 2010 as a true freshman and appears to be on his way to a successful collegiate and pro career.

Fort Bend Elkins offensive lineman Mike Matthews is the next of the Matthews clan to be courted by college programs all across the country. However, he decided to cut the recruiting process short yesterday by verbally committing to Texas A&M and in the process join his older brother on Mike Sherman's resurgent team.

"Yes, I committed to Texas A&M today," Matthews said. "It came down to the coaching staff. I'm comfortable with Coach Turner (OL coach) and Coach Sherman. They have a proven track record of developing offensive line talent, and it's a good situation for me."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound interior line prospect has run a 4.92 forty and has impressive strength for his age with a 340 pound maximum on the bench press. He considered Oregon and USC in the recruiting process, but decided to stay close to home which will make it easier for the family to manage weekends now that father Bruce has taken the offensive line coaching job with the Tennessee Titans.

"Yeah, my dad is already up there in Tennessee," Matthews said. "It will be a challenge for him to get down here to watch us play, but he'll find a way to get it done."

Naturally, Texas A&M fans want to compare the abilities of the two brothers, but Fort Bend Elkins head coach Dennis Brantley says that while both Matthews brothers are excellent linemen, the two are very different.

"Jake is longer and bigger, and that's why you see him playing the tackle position in college," Brantley said. "Mike isn't as big and colleges will likely play him at guard or center, but on pure athletic ability, I think Mike is more agile and probably the better overall athlete. Both are very good at what they do."

Brantley also says that Mike's contributions to the team and the Elkins program go far beyond his athletic ability. Mike sets the tone for the rest of the team.

"Mike isn't a vocal guy, but he's a team captain because he leads by example," Brantley said. "He works hard and does things the right way, and the other kids pick up on that. He's extremely intelligent and he picks up on things quickly. Plus, he's the toughest kid I've ever coached."

Matthews indicated that he won't enroll at Texas A&M early, and he plans to finish out his senior year at Elkins High School. Also, for those keeping score, there is one more Matthews son coming up behind Mike.

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