For Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek three-star strongside defensive end DeShon Matthews the time has finally come. The extra conditioning and long wait is over. It's now game week, and the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder couldn't be more excited for it.
"We play Nevada Union, and we're pumped up for it," Matthews said.
"They're a good solid team. They run the wing-T. I don't know if they're going to run my way or not, but I'm hoping they do because I'll be ready for them. I'm a much better player now than I was before.
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"I'm better at keeping my outside contain, and I like to know when to go up field and when not to go up field. I'm a lot smarter, too."
Matthews is one of the more highly-recruited defensive ends out West. He's already been getting plenty of calls from the college coaches.
"Pat Hill called me, and that was a neat call," Matthews said. "He was just telling me to remember that I was an early offer guy from them, and that they really want me. He told me that I'm a big priority for them, and that was cool.
"I also talked to coach (Tim) Kish at Arizona. We talked about what their game against Utah was like. He said they could use a few more guys like me out there on defense."
Matthews said he has a revised top five of Cal, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Fresno State. Cal and UCLA have not offered him, while all the others, along with Colorado, Nebraska, Washington State and Nevada have extended offers.