Breaking Down Barrett Matthews

With the addition of North Shore TE Barrett Matthews to the Texas football team, that makes No. 13 for the Longhorns squad. But why did Texas pursue the North Shore tight end and what does Matthews bring to the table? Texas High School Recruiting Analyst Ahmard Vital breaks down the upside of Barrett Matthews.

Texas pulled in commitment No. 13 when North Shore (TX) tight end Barrett Matthews gave his verbal to Mack Brown and the Longhorns. After watching him on quite a few occasions, I have to say he is a solid athlete. Here is a quick breakdown on the strengths of Matthews:

Size: Standing 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Matthews has adequate size to be an effective tight end. Though he may not be as tall as many other tight ends on the Division I level, he could still be an asset. Also, he is still in high school and likely has more growing to do.

Speed: Not sure what his official 40-yard time is, but his game speed is second to none. In at least two of the games previewed, he pulled away from the secondary on at least two different occasions. In the playoff game against Pearland, he scored on touchdown catches of 39 and 44 yards. Enough said.

Hands: Just to follow up what on the previous comment, but yes, he has good hands. Though he did not get the ball thrown to him much (13 rec/339 yards/7 TDs), he was money when the ball came his way.

Agility: He runs great routes and finds way to make himself open. After the catches, he can evade tacklers to gain more yards. On the blocking end, he moves well in space and puts himself in the position to make the blocks. And yes, he does finish them.

Overall: I knew whatever team landed Matthews was getting a prized recruit and a steal. He has the great pass/run-blocking combination, which will help him to excel on the college level.

Also see: A Baker's Dozen

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Ahmard Vital is the Recruiting Analyst for the Texas High School site TexasPrepInsider.

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