Jake Matthews looking at junior days

Jake Matthews looking at junior days

Elkins offensive lineman Jake Matthews is closing in on ten offers and several junior day invites. On Friday, Burnt Orange Beat stopped by Elkins to get the latest on the top offensive line prospect in Texas in the 2010 class.

The offers have been pouring in for Jake Matthews since the 2008 season ended. The 6-4.5, 275-pound versatile offensive line prospect has received offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Stanford, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Duke and Houston. In addition to the nine offers in hand, many more programs from around the country are recruiting the 2010 national 100 prospect.

While some are yet to officially extend scholarship offers, the junior day invites have been flowing in to the Elkins football office. On Friday at Elkins, Matthews updated Burnt Orange Beat on his junior day plans.

"I'm still kind of thinking about it (junior days)," Matthews said. "I got an offer from Florida to go to their junior day. So I might go there and maybe LSU as they invited me too. Maybe Texas too. I may go check them all out,"

Matthews, who didn't know the specific dates of the junior days, says the Texas Longhorns are a program he has a sincere interest in.

"I like Texas. It's a great school. I want to go check it out and see if I'm comfortable there," Matthews said.

The all-district junior has an older brother, Kevin, playing at Texas A&M. The thought of playing with or against his older brother has crossed his mind.

"Kevin has always been so much older than me that I've never been able to play against him. The only time I would ever get to play with him would be if I committed to A&M and could work out with him the last semester of his career," Matthews said. Kevin will be a senior next season for the Aggies.

One program that will be in the mix for the athletic lineman if they offer is the USC Trojans. With Matthews' father Bruce and uncle Clay as well as cousins Kyle and Clay III all suiting up for the Trojans as well as many family members in the Los Angeles area, it's easy to see why USC would be squarely in the picture.

"I like USC a lot. Obviously, I've got a lot of family members out there. I talked to them (USC) before my junior year. I've been getting a few letters and hopefully they will talk to me later," Matthews said.

The latest in a family of successful football stars says playing in a pro style of offense would be nice, but he is more focused on the effort level he will put out no matter what the scheme.

"That (scheme) comes into consideration. I mean I would love to play in a pro offense that could be helpful if I make it to the next level. I just want to play and anywhere I go, I'm going to play 100% and give them all that I've got," Matthews said.

With junior days fast approaching and one in the rearview mirror (A&M in December), looking for a place of comfort over a four or five year period is of importance when visiting universities.

"I'm looking for coaching. Definitely. I want to see who the guys are there, get to meet them, see how I like them and everything. I want to see the campus, the school, what are the classes like and am I going to like living there. Stuff like that. I want to go somewhere they are good and where I can maybe win a championship. Mostly, somewhere I'm comfortable and want to live the next four years," Matthews said.

When looking into the academic side, a strong engineering program will come into play.

"I like math and science, so something engineering is a possible major. I'm looking into that," Matthews said.

As a senior, Jake will likely get to play along side his younger brother Mikey on the Elkins offensive line. Mikey Matthews, currently 6-2, 230 pounds, will be a sophomore and has a good chance to compete for a starting position.

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