D-Lineman Changes His List

We check in with the defensive line prospect from Northern California, De'Shon Matthews, and he tells us he has an entirely new top five schools on his list...

For months, Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek defensive end De'Shon Matthews (6-5, 245) maintained California and UCLA as his two leaders.

But unreciprocated interest has forced Matthews to look a different direction. "For a long time, those were the two schools I was looking at, but they haven't offered me, and it's getting late in the season," said Matthews. "If they both came and offered, I don't know what I would do, but it's getting late."

So instead, Matthews has now focusing on five other schools.

He took his first official trip to Arizona two weeks ago. "It was real fun. I had a real good time there with the players and the coaches," said Matthews.

His next official visit will come the second weekend of December when he will venture to Washington. Matthews said that Washington State, Fresno State and Oregon are likely to get his final three visits. He said, "Those are really the schools I'm looking at. Like I said, I don't know what I would do with Cal and UCLA, so I'm having to look at others."

Matthews maintains that he has no leader, and that he is still wide open: "I wish I could say who was in front, but I don't know. Once I feel like a school is right for me, I'll decide. It just happens that all of the schools are on the West Coast. But I'm ready to get it over with. It should be done before Signing Day, and there is a good possibility that I could do it before all of my trips are done."

In his recently completed senior season, Matthews finished with 94 tackles and eight sacks, plus a recovered fumble.

Academically, Matthews said he is fully qualified.


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