Up close with Jordan Matthews

Head coach Bobby Johnson and the Vanderbilt Commodores added another commitment to there 2010 recruiting class when Madison Academy WR/S prospect, Jordan Matthews, verbally pledge to join the "Black and Gold" next season. More on Jordan's commitment inside…

The Vanderbilt Commodores have added another gem to their 2010 recruiting class in the form of a 6-2, 185 pound wide receiver/safety prospect by the name of Jordan Matthews. The gifted playmaker from out of Madison Academy (Madison, Alabama) made his pledge known to the Vanderbilt coaching staff on Christmas Eve.

Matthews made somewhat of a late arrival on Vandy's recruiting board. But as some people would say: Better late than never…. "It was probably around Week 9 or Week 10 of my senior football season when they offered," Matthews shared. "So I got a really late offer from them. The biggest reason was because they didn't get to see me workout until July, when I camped with them. In fact, a few of the coaches from Vanderbilt told me that if I had come to the camp in June, they would've been in position to offer me a lot sooner."

"During the month of June, I was on a mission trip with my school, so I ended up missing the first couple of sessions," he continued. "But they told me to be patient and that the offer would come. Being that they are truly a program of integrity, I believed everything that they were telling me, and the offer did come. So it feels real good."

Outside of the Vanderbilt offer, Jordan had an offer on the table from Arkansas State University. He was also receiving genuine interest from a host of division I programs. But only one of them appeared close to pulling the trigger. And that program also resides in the SEC…

"Mississippi State was on the verge of offering me," Matthews informed VandyMania.com. "I had a really good relationship with the coaching staff. I talked to coach Mullen a good bit, and I spoke with my recruiting coordinator oach Torbush (Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers) quite often. Coach Hudspeth (Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator) came by my school a couple of times to check on me as well. So, I had a lot of talk with Mississippi State; almost as much as I was having with Vanderbilt."

Had Mississippi State offered, how would this have played into effect with the Alabama native's recruitment? "Vanderbilt pretty much had the edge the whole time," Jordan said. "But when coach Torbush, my primary recruiter, took the job with Kansas that made my final decision a lot easier.

Jordan finished out his senior year with Madison Academy on a very high note. And if his senior season is any indication of how he will be performing in the Black and Gold, folks, we are certainly in for a treat…

"I had 61 catches for 1061 yards and 13 touchdowns," the gifted playmaker said. "I had 50 tackles and 8 interceptions on defense. One of my interceptions went for a touchdown, and I had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. I also had 2 punt returns for touchdowns. So I had a total of 17 touchdowns this past season."

The gridiron is not the only place where Jordan's boasts impressive number. He is also very gifted inside the classroom. "I have a 3.9 GPA," the gifted student-athlete shared with VandyMania.com. "And my ACT score is a 23."

Jordan went on to share that he plans to study economics in college, and that he intends to go to graduate school to get his MBA.

In closing Jordan Matthews has a personal message that he'd like to share with the Vanderbilt coaches and all of true Commodore fans throughout the country.

"I just want the Vanderbilt coaches and fans to know that I'm not going to come in with a big head or anything like that. I'm going to come in and work hard. I am very grateful that Vanderbilt saw enough in me to offer me a scholarship. So I am going to go in and work my butt off and help Vanderbilt out in every way I can. Vanderbilt is a great program in a great city, and I plan to go there and make some new friends and have a good time." – Jordan Matthews

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