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2017 Itawamba RB Octavius Matthews talks about his decision to commit to Louisville

2017 Itawamba RB Octavius Matthews (6-2, 200) committed to Louisville earlier today...

"Coach (L.D.) Scott was really excited," Matthews said. "He said I made his day. He's coming back to see me (soon)."

Matthews chose Louisville over offers from Mississippi State, UAB and Middle Tennessee.

"I committed there (so early) because Louisville felt like home and also the relationship me and coach Scott have," Matthews said matter-of-factly.

As a freshman last season, Matthews led the Indians with 808 yards to go along with four touchdowns on 94 carries.

"I'm definitely a speed guy," Matthews said. "I can run between the tackles or get outside and run away from people. I feel like I can do whatever it takes to be successful and help my team. It really just depends on the play call."

Matthews has been hard at work this offseason improving several aspects of his game that he hopes will help take him to the next level.

"Definitely footwork and staying low," Matthews noted. "Those are the things I am working on the most right now just to make my game that much better and so I can be that much harder to stop."

As a prep at North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Alabama, Matthews was unable to qualify, so he began to look around for a JUCO program that would help him to get is academics in order while also keeping his eyes focused on the future and playing at the next level.

"I felt like ICC was a home for me when I came up on my visit," Matthews recalled. 

Matthews is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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