2003 Spotlight: A.D. Matthews Jr.

<b>Lancaster athlete</b> talks about his commitment status in an exclusive <b>RaiderInsider.com</b> interview.

*********ATH A.D. MATTHEWS JR. (6-1, 185, 4.4) ***********

This multi-talented athlete raised his stock significantly during the recent NIKE Camp at College Station. His father, A.D. Matthews Sr., played at Mississippi from 1984-88.

As a junior, Matthews Jr. threw for over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also tallied nearly 500 yards rushing for Lancaster, which finished 2-8 last season in ultra-tough District 13-4A.

However, don't blame Matthews Jr. for Lancaster's woes last season. His status as Lancaster's best athlete pressed him into service at quarterback and opponents keyed on him all season, but Matthews Jr. still produced solid numbers.

"Our team was very inexperienced last season," said Matthews Jr. "It was extremely tough at times, but I'm really looking forward to this season, because we've got a solid nucleus returning and we're much improved from a year ago."

As a sophomore, Matthews Jr. started in the secondary and led the team in interceptions, pass break-ups and pass deflections.

Thayer's Take: "A.D. is a very athletic, versatile player with quick feet and great speed. He showed tremendous poise and confidence at the recent NIKE Camp. He's a 'sleeper' quarterback likely to play defensive back in college. His ability to play all skill positions would be an invaluable asset at Texas Tech."

******************MAY 18 UPDATE********************

TE: What schools are you considering?

ADM: "Mississippi, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech."

TE: Is that your top five?

ADM: "Yeah, pretty much but not in that particular order. There's not a big difference between all five schools at this point."

TE: What do you like about Texas Tech?

ADM: "I like their offense, especially their passing game. And I like their enthusiasm about football down there."

TE: What are your thoughts on Texas Tech?

ADM: "It's a good school and I think Coach Leach has them headed in the right direction. And Tech is close to home too."

TE: What position are you being recruited at for college?

ADM: "Some schools are recruiting me as a wide receiver or defensive back, but Texas Tech is recruiting me as a quarterback."

TE: Are you open to changing positions in college?

ADM: "Definitely. I'd like to play defensive back or wide receiver in college."

TE: Do you have any experience at those positions?

ADM: "I played defensive back my sophomore year and was pretty successful. The reason I played quarterback is because we didn't have anyone to play the position last year, so my coach called on me."

TE: Describe yourself as a quarterback.

ADM: "I'm a scrambling, option type quarterback. I have a good deep ball and I've got great speed."

TE: Do you have any scholarship offers yet?

ADM: "No sir."

TE: Where are you camping this summer?

ADM: "Right now, I plan to camp at Texas and TCU."

TE: What's your academic status?

ADM: "I made a 960 on my SAT, and my GPA is a 4.6 on a 5.0 scale."

TE: What are your weight room stats?

ADM: "I squat 410 and bench 320."

TE: When do you plan to make your verbal commitment?

ADM: "I'll probably holdout for a little while and consider all my options, because I want to make the right decision. However, Texas Tech will get major consideration."

TE: Thanks for your time A.D. and good luck next year.

ADM: "Thanks."

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