Upon first glance one might wonder how a player that caught only 13 passes for 192 yards could have eight division-one offers. That is a question I have been asked several times about WR Luke Matthews from Desert Vista. When you look deeper into the situation you will realize that DV has three receivers with offers when you include TE Steven Figueroa and WR Allante Battle. Matthews also amassed another 300 yards of offense on reverses and passes behind the line of scrimmage that counted as rushes and don't reflect in his receiving stats. So prior to last month, Matthews was the biggest sleeper prospect in the state. He started off getting several offers from Mountain West schools and was recently extended an offer by the staff at Stanford.
He was asked how it feels to get all of this recruiting attention, Matthews states, "Good. At the end of the season I was not sure how it (recruiting) would be because I didn't have that great of stats but it is coming around."
He also expects to have better stats this year. "We have a new offensive coordinator. His offense is more reared to get the ball down field" he says.
The 6-3 195 pound Matthews
currently holds offers from Stanford, Air Force, Army, Montana, Nevada, Utah,
Northern Arizona and San Diego State. He claims a top of SDSU,
"I don't know a whole lot about them. I know they have strong academics. I know they have a new coach; he (Coach Harbaugh) is good for the program. They told me last week they were going to offer so I was expecting it."
"They are a pretty good program. The last few years they have been to a bowl. It would be like getting away but not too far."
When asked about when he plans on
committing he says, "When I feel for sure. When I am ready I will commit. I have
no time limit." He adds that he will talk things over with his parents and
Desert Vista head coach Dan Hinds before making a
Matthews says his strength as a player is his combination of size and speed. He claims a best bench of 295, squats 365 and power cleans 235. He also is a good student and carries a 3.7 cumulative GPA and has scored a 1660 on his SAT (1130 on math and verbal).Here is video of Matthews from his junior season: