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Versatility is the name for Arizona star

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Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista could have up to five prospects who have the talent to play on the D-I level one of them is two-way standout Luke Matthews (6-2, 200, 4.56).
Matthews plays free safety, fly back and wide receiver for Desert Vista and earned second-team all-region as a wide receiver.
On the offensive side of the ball he rushed for 284 yards and scored two touchdowns. As a receiver, Matthews had 13 grabs for 192 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
From his free safety position, Matthews had 31 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Matthews is another one from Desert Vista who has excellent bloodlines. His father medaled as a wrestler in the Olympics.
Matthews brings the aggression of a wrestler to the gridiron.
"Luke likes to hit and loves contact," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds said. "He's very physical and has a great nose for the football.
"Luke has good size and speed," Hinds said. "Add that to his athleticism and you have a D-I prospect.
"Talk about his athleticism, Luke is the number one triple jumper in the state with a 46-plus jump."
As impressive as Matthews is as a track and field athlete, more than likely he will earn his scholie for his skills on the gridiron.
"Luke is a versatile player who could end up playing wide receiver, running back or safety on the D-I level," Hinds said. "He runs the football like a tailback and catches the ball like a wide receiver.
"If we were running out of a straight I formation," Hinds said. "Luke would be our tailback.
"Luke also has the skills to be a big time safety on the collegiate level."
In the weight room, Matthews currently benches 285, full squats 340 and hand cleans an impressive 290 pounds.
On the recruiting trail, Matthews is hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and UNLV in the early going.
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