Olive Branch (Miss.) defensive end Chris Matthews picked up his first offer from Auburn after his junior season. Not bad for a prospect still new to the sport.
Since then Memphis offered him too and he attended the Tigers camp. Matthews also worked out at Alabama for their lineman camp and Ole Miss. He said he performed well at both events, but the coaches didn't have enough film to offer him.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder is continuing to learn the game and what it takes to be a complete defensive lineman. He spent a lot of time on the hardwood before giving football a chance.
When he landed the Auburn offer, he knew he had the skill set to play at the next level.
"It felt real good when Auburn offered," remarked Matthews. "I went home and told everybody. I was happy. It made me work harder."
Despite having an opportunity to play in the SEC, Matthews said conference affiliation doesn't matter to him. He just wants an opportunity to play in college. The Olive Branch native didn't have a favorite team growing up and is just starting to follow college football.
He missed time last season with an injury, so he has yet to put together a full season on the field. His size and raw potential have earned him his offers. Some schools are recruiting him at both end spots and at outside linebacker.