Teddy Matthews talks in-depth of decision

Wake Forest has secured a commitment from Teddy Matthews out of Royal Palm Beach, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker was in Winston-Salem on an official visit with his father and stepmother when he decided to give his pledge to Coach Grobe. Matthews talked with Richard Stover about his decision and play-by-play of the weekend.

"I liked how the fact they take such pride in the academics as well as the football program," said Teddy Matthews on his commitment. "Being on campus gave me a calm feeling. Everyone was very warm and genuine. The family-oriented atmosphere fits me to a 'T'. I felt comfortable committing to Coach Grobe before I left."

There's no doubt the positive official visit Matthews had was a big factor in his commitment. He had a chance to get better familiarized with the campus, coaches, and guys on the team, plus good cooking.

"The first day we arrived at our hotel around two in the afternoon and went into the city and just walked around," Matthews said. "That night we all went to dinner. My host was Orville Reynolds, a freshman running back, who took me out afterward to see some of the nightlife.

"The next morning, after breakfast, we took a tour of the campus. We met with academic advisory. We toured the dorms to get a feel for what it's like to be a student-athlete. Then we went to the stadium. We actually ate dinner inside the stadium."

Matthews said one of the best parts of his visits was being able to speak with current and former players and meeting with future position coach, Brian Knorr.

"We talked to a lot of the underclassmen," said Matthews. "Zach Allen, Josh Hunt, Mike Olson, and Sherman Ragland were some of the guys we had the chance to speak with. Tyler Cameron, one of the players in the recruiting class who just came in, was also there.

"The coaches separated us by position. I went to the linebackers meeting. I loved talking with Coach Knorr. He's genuine. He the type of person who tells you exactly what's on his mind. There's nothing bad you can say about him."

Playing linebacker at Royal Palm Beach High School for the Wildcats, Matthews was named First Team All-Area, First Team All-Conference, and All-State (Florida 7A) Honorable Mention as a senior. Matthews played his sophomore season at Stephenson High School while living in Stone Mountain, Ga. After that year he moved to live with his father in South Florida.

"My dad and stepmom fell in love with Wake Forest," said Matthews. "I think they liked it even more than I did."

After the season, Matthews played in the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star game held January 14th in Greenacres.

Matthews is currently competing in track in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles for Royal Palm Beach.

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