Recruit Profile: LB Casey Matthews

One player who has seen his stock rise over the last few weeks is Oaks Christian (CA.) H.S. linebacker Casey Matthews. Matthews received his first offer back in January from the University of Tennessee, but found the next month or so to be rather quiet. Matthews has since seen an increased amount of interest from Division I schools across the country.

"After the UT offer, things died down a little bit. But I just received my fifth offer this week. I now have written offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, and Oregon. And Utah just contacted my coach (Bill Redell) and told him that an offer is on the way. I've also heard from my coach that Nebraska and Michigan State are in the process of evaluating me, and possibly making an offer."

Matthews has been busy over the last few weeks taking unofficial visits to schools from coast to coast.

"I tripped to Oregon on the 10th of April for an unofficial visit. At first, they took us on a tour of the football complex, and met with the coaches. We got to see the locker room, weight room, and training room, as well as the indoor practice facilities. The locker rooms were amazing, they were definitely the nicest I've seen. I really liked the indoor practice facilities, as well as Autzen Stadium."

Matthews will remain busy over the next few weeks, touring more college campuses.

"I actually visited Texas A&M today with a teammate Duke Lemmens. We got a tour around the campus and got to see Kyle Field. I really enjoyed hearing about the tradition they have over at A&M, and the atmosphere the fans create on game day."

"I will be heading out to Notre Dame on the 22nd of this month for the Blue & Gold Game, and I'm really looking forward to that. I'm making the trip out there with teammates Jimmy Clausen and Marc Tyler. They've said that there interested in me, and want me to head out to see me in person. I'm also heading to Georgia Tech at the end of this month."

If the Matthews name sounds familiar to those around USC, there is a good reason why. Matthews is the son of former All-American linebacker Clay Matthews, and the brother of current USC linebacker Clay Matthews III.

Matthews recently was on campus at USC for their annual Junior Day and Trojan Huddle.

"Junior Day went well, they showed us around campus, and we got to see Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart work out. The Huddle was also cool, I got see Clay play and he did real well, and that was good to see."

When asked what schools were on top for him, Matthews replied.

"I'm interested in all of the schools that have offered me, especially Oregon. I'm also interested in Notre Dame, USC, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Michigan State."

Matthews does feel that there are a few things that set him apart from others at his position.

"I do a good job at reading the play, and then reacting. I'm very good at following through on tackles. Before next season I'd like to improved my shuttle and get my 40 down a little bit. Other than that, my main goal is to win another CIF Championship, and possibly a State Championship."

Matthews is just a shade under 6'2, weighing 222 lbs and reporting a 3.3 GPA. He recently took his ACT, and won't hear back for another 4-7 weeks.


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