Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian is loaded with D-I talent for the class of 2007. While everyone is familiar with quarterback sensation Jimmy Clausen and is running mate Marc Tyler, there could be up to seven more players from Oaks Christian who will get scholarship offers.
One of them who already has received his first offer and he is linebacker Casey Matthews (6-2, 220, 4.68).
Matthews racked up 132 tackles, three picks, two fumble recoveries and one sack as a junior. His performance saw him earn all-league, all-county and all-CIF honors.
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In the weight room, Matthews currently benches 250, and squats 420.
Matthews is already a hot commodity on the recruiting front getting his first offer from Tennessee.
South Carolina, Northwestern, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Arizona State and USC are all showing interest in Matthews.
"Tennessee offered me on January 29th when I was there for junior days," Matthews said. "It made me feel good and hopefully that will open things up for other colleges."
"Tennessee was really nice," Matthews said. "The facilities were nice and the hospitality of the people was amazing."
"I felt at times like committing, but I want to go through the process a little bit," Matthews said. "I could commit before the season, but I'm not sure."
"I am heading to Arizona and Arizona State for unofficial visits," Matthews said. "I will be at Arizona State on Tuesday (February 21st) and Arizona on Wednesday (February 22nd)."
What is Matthews looking for in a school?
"I'm looking at the overall atmosphere of the school," Matthews said. "I would like to play at a school with a prestigious football program and a school that has an excellent academic reputation."
Is Matthews going to attend any summer camps?
"I'm not sure about summer camps," Matthews said. "I might, but nothing is set in stone."
Matthews comes from outstanding football bloodlines. His dad Clay Matthews was a stand out at USC and played 19 years in the NFL. His uncle Brian Matthews also was an outstanding player for USC and played 19 seasons in the NFL.
Durability runs in the family as Matthews hasn't missed a game in his high school career.