Matthews Has Top Two

One of the top prospects in the lone star state is Elkins offensive tackle Jake Matthews. The 6-4.5, 277-pound versatile lineman has been offered by more than 20 programs from coast to coast, but told Burnt Orange Beat on Wednesday that two schools stand out.

Elkins offensive tackle Jake Matthews has offers from around the country. He could give a verbal to Florida, USC, LSU, Oklahoma or any other top program in college football from the East Coast to the West Coast.

The #99 ranked junior in the country by told Burnt Orange Beat on Wednesday at Elkins High that while he has the rare opportunity to pick a coast or any top program from every major conference in college football, two programs from close to home stand out.

"My top two are Texas and Texas A&M," Matthews said. "I'm going up to A&M, I think in two weeks, to watch practice and hang out with my brother. I will probably call the Texas coaches and go back up there for a practice too."

The first team all-district pick that is developing physically at a quick rate says he feels more comfortable at A&M right now due to being there so many times.

"I like Texas a lot. I feel more comfortable at A&M though. I've only been to Texas once, so I need to become more familiar with them. I like both of them and they are great schools," Matthews said.

As of three weeks ago, the lineman with near perfect technique and terrific feet had said he was considering visiting Oklahoma during spring break and maybe USC, LSU or Florida in the near future. On Wednesday, those plans seemed more uncertain.

"I didn't go to OU during spring break. I don't know if I'm going to go or not. If I were to go to USC, it would be in the summer, but if I commit before then I won't go. I don't have plans to go to those schools right now," Matthews said.

While many top flight prospects pay close attention to where their peers commit, that is not the case with Matthews. The 6-4.5, 277-pounder says he doesn't keep up with the recruitments or talk to other prospects.

"I met a couple of guys at an awards dinner after the season, but I don't talk with anyone. I don't keep up with that," Matthews said.

Matthews who has offers from the likes of Texas, USC, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Georgia, Stanford, Oklahoma State, LSU and Oregon among many others said he's unsure of when he'll make a decision.

"I really don't know when I'll commit. I still kind of want to get it over with. I just don't know right now," Matthews said.

As far as what Matthews is looking for in a school and program, it hasn't changed since the last time Burnt Orange Beat visited with the highly sought talent. It's all about comfort, seeing himself at a place for four years and the overall attitude of the team.

"I'm looking for what the drills are and what they are like. What's the coach like? Is he going to be yelling the whole time or not. What's the attitude is like around the team as well. If it's somewhere really quiet and the players aren't into it, no one wants to go to a place like that. It all plays into it," Matthews said on March 8.

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