Matthews headed to Montlake

Defensive lineman DeShon Matthews out of Elk Grove, Calif., has made his verbal commitment to Washington Tuesday after taking an official trip to Seattle over the weekend, according to Laguna Creek High coach Lewis Lassetter.

"He's given a verbal to Washington," said Lassetter. "Arizona was probably No. 1 before his trip but there were some things he really liked (at Washington), including the head coach."

Matthews was scheduled to go on official visits to Oregon and Washington State but those trips are both off the table with the oral pledge to the UW.

"He is committed to them and it's solid -- it's a firm commitment," said Lassetter. "He's cancelled his trip to Oregon this weekend, and he's cancelled his trip to Washington State in January."

Athletic and versatile, the Laguna Creek sackmaster can likely play the weak or strongside defensive end spot for Washington. In high school, Matthews also moved inside on occasion. At 6-5 and 245 pounds -- he has the frame where he could put on more weight over the course of his career and possibly play the tackle spot, but it appears he'll be a d-end for the Huskies.

This season, Matthews, who sports a huge wingspan, racked up 94 tackles and eight sacks at Laguna Creek. Academically, Matthews has said he's achieved a qualifying score and is in good shape.

"I think he's the real deal," said Lassetter.

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