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Matthews sees recruitment pick up

Alex Matthews has led his Lake Oswego, Ore., team to a 7-0 start and he's playing well so the 6-foot-3, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback hopes his success on Friday nights translates to more recruiting interest.
It has been picking up recently as Matthews said he's hearing a lot from Colorado, Vanderbilt, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Montana State, Montana, Eastern Washington and Portland State.
Matthews' two parents went to Vanderbilt and his brother, Jay, plays at Washington State so the Lake Oswego prospect is excited about the possibilities coming up over the next few months.
"I've been doing pretty good," Matthews said. "All the stuff I did in the summer really prepared me for the big games against Jesuit and games like that. I'm doing well. As long as we get the wins, that's the goal. If I play well on Friday nights I think everything else will take care of itself."
So far this season, Matthews has 14 touchdown passes, five rushing scores, only one interception and he's completed 70 percent of his passes. Matthews is doing well and he hopes it carries over to the recruiting trail soon.
"The goal for me is to go out on Friday nights and see what I can do," Matthews said. "Hopefully everything else takes care of itself.
"(Coaches) want to see more film. Not having all that junior film set me back a little bit but this season has put me in a good position. When my brother was being recruited his first Division I offer didn't come until January.
"I saw my brother go through it. I'm not expecting anything right now. I'm having conversations with a lot of schools and we'll see what happens. The quarterback position is pretty limited on how many they can take. I am talking to a lot of schools so we'll see what happens."
Matthews visited Washington State this past weekend when the Cougars took on Stanford and he was definitely impressed not only with the coaching staff but where he believes the program is headed.
"I've been around it since my brother is up there," Matthews said.
"Coach (Paul) Wulff is doing a great job of rebuilding that program along with the other coaches. They're doing a great job up there. It's really cool to be a part of a program turning it around. That's a big draw for me. The atmosphere up there is something special."
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