Matthews pulling in big-time D1 interest

North Shore TE Barrett Matthews is one to watch in the talent-heavy Class of 2009. With his team eyeing the state championship crown, Matthews is going hard to gain the attention of college recruiters. TPI had the chance to speak with Matthews after an area playoff win over Pearland.

With the spread offense taking over the game even on the high school level, the role of a tight end is usually strictly for blocking purposes in the running game. But North Shore tight Barrett Matthews is active in all aspects of the offense. 

Standing 6-2, 215-pounds, Matthews is a punishing blocker with the hands of a wide receiver. And based on the interest he is receiving, college coaches see this as well.

"I am being recruited by Kansas State, Florida, LSU, Texas, and Houston," Matthews said. "I do not have a favorite right now, but both Florida and Kansas State heave sent me hand-written letters."

Though he does not have a favorite, he did mention the fact that Kansas State is a "good program that has the ability to win against big-time schools."

Even though his season is not over, he plans to attend camps at Kansas State, Texas, and LSU this summer. He describes himself as an athletic, smart tight end with good hands. On the season, Matthews has an 85 percent blocking grade.

Matthews and the North Shore football team are coming off a big 24-20 win over Pearland in the Region III Texas area playoff round. In the game, Matthews caught two touchdown passes and ended the game with three receptions for 93 yards. 

The next task will be a playoff game against Cy Fair Friday night. Matthews said that he and the crew are ready.

"We are going against a big-time running back this week," Matthews said of Cy Fair's Sam McGuffie. "So we need to keep their (Cy Fair) offense off the field. If we keep the ball in our hands we will be all right. We need to get past them, but our goal is to win state."

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