A Baker's Dozen

Barrett Matthews

Texas picked up its 13th commitment from the Class of 2009 over the weekend, as North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews gave his verbal pledge to the Longhorns. Texas opted not to take a tight end in last years' class, making Matthews' commitment that much more important.

"It went good," Barrett Matthews said. "I sat down with Mack Brown, and I gave him my commitment to Texas."

Matthews chose Texas over an offer from Houston. He was also hearing from Kansas State, Alabama, Miami, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Arizona. What stood out about the Longhorns?

"It reminded me of my old high school," Matthews said. "Everything is family-based. Coach Brown reminded me a lot of my high school coach, and they run almost the same plays as we do."

The Texas coaching staff and facilities were also two factors that led to Matthews' commitment.

"It was awesome," Matthews said. "Their weight room is awesome, and they have one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the country in Mad Dog (Jeff Madden). They also have some of the best coaching staffs in the country. It was just awesome."

According to the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Matthews, Texas could possibly use him as an H-back or even split him out at wide receiver on the next level. Matthews had 383 yards at the tight end position last season, but he got those yards on just 13 catches for an average of 29.5 yards per catch and scoring a touchdown on over half (7) of those receptions.

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