Junior quarterback Lamel Matthews of Washington (D.C.) Dunbar enjoyed a successful 2011 season and now has turned his focus to recruiting. During the season he was able visit a couple of schools and is hoping to hit the road once again the spring.
"Recruiting is going well," said Matthews, who is 6-foot-2 and 205-pounds. "I've been talking to Temple a lot. They saw my film and liked it. I think they are close to offering, but Marshall, Kansas State, Rutgers, Auburn and Clemson all want me to camp at their school this summer."
During the fall, Matthews attended a game at Rutgers for their homecoming and the Maryland game against Notre Dame.
"I really liked the atmosphere at Rutgers with the fan base," said Matthews. "With Maryland I couldn't really get a feel for it because it wasn't on their campus, but the game was fun."
Matthews is looking forward to hitting the road once again for a few visits, but does not have anything officially scheduled at this time.
"I'll be looking for a good environment, good academics and also a coaching staff with an overall good team," said Matthews.
On the field, Matthews was satisfied with his performance this fall.
"It went very well," said Matthews. "We won the state championship and I made all-league for the third year in a row. I threw for 800 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games. I injured my knee early in the season."
Rebounding from the knee injury, Matthews noticed a definite improvement in his game.
"I think I made good progress," said Matthews. "I learned to read defenses better and learned to stay in the pocket more, instead of running."
While he is satisfied with his junior season, Matthews is already hard at work for this fall.
"I've already started working out," said Matthews. "I'm working with my quarterbacks coach on getting better with my footwork and reading defenses. I'm also going to the U.S. Army Combine. I plan on camping at a lot of places and doing the Badger Sports 7-on-7 too."