D-Lineman Looking for More

De'Shon Matthews, the 6-5, 255-pound defensive lineman from Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek, has nine scholarship offers -- but has two favorites that haven't offered him yet...

Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek defensive tackle De'Shon Matthews (6-5, 255) has nine scholarship offers as he heads into the summer.

Arizona, Nebraska, Washington State, Washington, Nevada, Sacramento State, Oregon State, San Jose State and Colorado have all extended official offers to the athletic lineman. Yet it's a pair of schools who have yet to offer that top his list.

"Cal and UCLA, I'm hearing a real lot from," said Matthews. "They both said they want to watch a little more film and make sure my grades are in order."

Following the Bears and Bruins is Arizona, who has offered, making it those three as his favorites.

Matthews, lacking a couple of desirable offers, won't decide soon. "I don't want to make a quick decision," he said. "I want to take some visits, get on the field and see if I can get some more offers."

Matthews' lone spring camp experience was a miserable one. "I was at the Nike Camp at Stanford and I messed up my hamstring so I couldn't do anything. So now I'm going to two camps this summer. My team is going to the Fresno State camp, then I'm going to the Cal camp."

Matthews said some schools are looking at him as a defensive end and he has no preference between defensive end or tackle. He said, "It doesn't matter to me where I play on the defensive line. I'll play either. I would like to stay close to home so that's why I like Cal and UCLA a lot."

Matthews said he has been offered an official visit by Nebraska, with the date having yet to be arranged.

As a junior, Matthews had 81 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, including 6 sacks, a fumble recovery and 1 blocked punt.

Academically, Matthews has a 2.7 GPA and took the SAT last weekend.


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