Jake Matthews Will Trip to Texas

The Texas Longhorns have 10 commits thus far in the 2010 class after hosting their first junior day February 8. On February 28, Texas will host their second junior day and the marquee visitor will be Elkins offensive tackle Jake Matthews. The 6-5, 275 pound prospect was offered by Texas on Tuesday joining recent offers from USC and Oklahoma.

Elkins offensive tackle Jake Matthews has quickly emerged as one of the top prospects in the country in the 2010 class. The 6-5, 275 pound lineman with technique as finely tuned as one will ever see at his age has gone from a handful of offers two months ago to about 20 in recent days with the Texas Longhorn being the latest on Tuesday.

"I was always wondering (about Texas) because I was always interested in Texas," Matthews said. "They never sent me anything, but they thought I was committed or going to USC, so that was weird. They did offer and it's pretty exciting,"

Along with Texas, Matthews has also received recent offers from the USC Trojans and Oklahoma Sooners. Throw in offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Stanford, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston and Duke among others and the lineman with rich bloodlines has his pick of programs from coast to coast. Matthews says the process is beginning to get a little hectic.

"Yeah, it's pretty crazy right now. It seems like the offers have doubled. It's getting a little hectic, but it's pretty cool seeing all the schools that are interested. I'm looking forward to checking out the ones I'm interested in," Matthews said.

While the versatile line prospect has the offers that could take him anywhere he wants to live for the next four or five years after high school, the programs close to home seem to have an early advantage.

"Well, I'm considering going to Texas and checking them out, Texas A&M, USC and Oklahoma. Those are the main four right now," Matthews said.

Matthews added that there are things that stand out about each program, "A&M's great. I like their coaching staff. I think they are going in the right direction. I think maybe a pro of going there would be being able to start early. I'm not just looking for somewhere they are at football, but somewhere I can fit in. Texas, I like them. They've always had a great football program every year. I'm just interested to go check them out and see what it's like. As far as USC, I have a lot of family bonds there. Same thing like Texas, they've always been a great program. I've been up there one time to check it out with my cousin unofficially. I just want to go check them out again to get a feel for the coaches. I haven't been to Oklahoma and want to see what they are like," Matthews said.

The first program to get their chance to impress the national 100 prospect will be the Texas Longhorns on February 27 and 28. Matthews said he would likely make the trip with his father and possibly his younger brother.

"I'm going to Texas on the 27th for their junior day and to watch practice. It will probably just be my dad and I. Maybe my brother (a freshman at Elkins) if he wants to come," Matthews said.

When Matthews steps foot on campuses in the coming weeks and months, he is looking at much more than football. Finding the right college program is all about fit, coaching and learning.

"Like I said earlier, it's not just about football, but somewhere I will fit in and like the coaches. I'm looking for somewhere I think I can learn and do well," Matthews said.

The junior said every program has been talking left tackle with him, but several have also mentioned his versatility as he has played left tackle, right tackle and can play center in a pinch.

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