Matthews Still Has Two on Top

Elkins junior offensive tackle Jake Matthews has offers from coast to coast, but two schools close to home are standing out, and a third has a puncher's chance. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Matthews at his high school about his favorites and whether or not he has a plan for reaching a decision.

Jake Matthews is one of the few prospects in the 2010 class that can pick up the phone and call programs from coast to coast and tell them he wants to attend their university. With offers from USC, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Texas, A&M, Oregon, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Duke, Houston, Baylor, Arkansas and Texas Tech among many others, the options are plenty and continue to roll in with Purdue being the latest to offer.

For Matthews, three schools stand out with in state programs Texas A&M and Texas having sprinted to the lead after visits in March and April.

"I still have a top three," Said the national 100 prospect. "I like A&M, Texas and USC. Honestly, A&M and Texas are tied for first and USC after that. I don't have any other visits scheduled right now, but I might try to go visit Texas again. I just need to work something out. I'm also thinking about going out to USC, but it's all uncertain right now. I have to sit down and figure things out."

The 6-4.5, 279-pounder with terrific feet and outstanding technique recently took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M to spend some time with his brother Kevin, who will be a senior next year at center for the Aggies. Having been to A&M numerous times in recent years, Matthews doesn't have much left to learn other than building relationships with the coaching staff.

"I went for one of the practices. It was nice and I liked it. I've been there since I was a freshman watching my brother's games, so I think I know everything about them already," said Matthews.

The visit to practice did give the versatile line prospect a chance to take a closer look at the Aggies offensive scheme and he was impressed.

"One of the things I like about A&M is they run a pro style offense. Coach Sherman, being an NFL guy, is one of the things I like about A&M. I might have a chance to go to the next level if I work hard enough," Matthews said.

The first team all-district pick doesn't seek out or have a liking for the recruiting process. Because of that, he doesn't spend as much time on the phone talking with college coaches as many others, but he has built a relationship with Mike Sherman.

"I talk to Coach Sherman a lot. I've called him a couple of times. I really liked the Texas coaches when I went up there, but that is really the only time I got to really talk to them. I should probably call the coaches at all the school back more," Matthews said.

With spring ball beginning Monday afternoon, the Elkins practice field will be a zoo in May as Matthews and junior receiver Jordan Jolly are both receiving national interest. That process isn't something Matthews is looking forward to, but a decision may not happen until the summer.

"I would like to get it over with during the spring or early in the summer. I'm just uncertain right now," Matthews said.

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