McLeod: Sox "In Limbo" On Matthews

Diehard's Jerry Beach spoke this afternoon with Red Sox director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod for a post-signing day Q&A. Among the topics McLeod discussed was Jaren Matthews, who agreed to terms with the Red Sox Tuesday but changed his mind and hopes to attend Rutgers. Here is what McLeod had to say about Matthews. (EXCLUSIVE!)

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What happened with
Jaren Matthews?

Jason McLeod: I think we're still—I'm still a little fuzzy over what's going on, to be honest with you… whether it was Jaren getting caught up in the deadline as well or [that he] may have had second thoughts. I think right now we're trying to determine a course of action, because we did report the agreement to the commissioner's office. We're kind of in limbo right now to see what happens.

I think the bottom line for me is, first and foremost, you want guys who are ready and want to play. And again, I don't know what's going to come of the situation yet. Obviously, we like Jaren Matthews and made the offer. We thought we had an agreement in place. I know there's information out there swirling about whether [there's an] NCAA violation against him because he lost his eligibility. I certainly hope not, and we're not an organization that's going to try and hold it over him—‘You have to go play for us.' If he's not ready to play, then I don't think he should play. And I'm not sure he's ready. So we'll try to work with Jaren and hopefully this won't come back to haunt him from the NCAA.

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