Following his official visit to Washington this past weekend, Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek defensive end DeShon Matthews said the Huskies were his new No. 1 team and he hoped to make a decision shortly. That turned out to be earlier today as the talented rush end committed to UW.
Matthews, 6-3, 245 pounds is one of the top defensive ends in the West region and had offers from a number of schools including Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Fresno State to name a few. He tripped to Arizona back in November and was planning to visit Oregon and Washington State but he has decided to end the recruiting process.
"He just fell in love with Washington," Laguna Creek head coach Lewis Lassetter said. "I don't know if he planned to commit this soon after his trip, I think before the visit, he was hoping to announce something by Christmas but he felt Washington was the perfect place for him and decided there was no need to put it off.
"DeShon really liked his visit and said he loved the players and the coaches. He especially liked Coach Willingham and is excited about the program at Washington. They didn't do to well this year but he feels they're not far from turning things around and he's excited about being part of that."
Matthews is a player with a lot of upside who is still growing in to his body. He has natural pass rushing skills, a high motor and long arms that allow him to keep opposing linemen off of him. We feel as he grows in to his body and continues to add strength and size, he has a chance to be a very good college player.