July 20, 2010

Matthews ready to get going

During the summer, a lot of high school students find ways to rest and relax. League City Clear Springs safety Howard Matthews has had anything but a relaxing summer.

"I've been working out a lot," he said. "We had a strength and conditioning camp at school. I'm in a better shape now than I was at the end of the (school) year."

Matthews is ready to get back on the field and help the Charges compete for what he hopes is a district title-or more.

"We're looking great," he said. "We're looking to win state this year. Our linebackers are really good, and on offense, we have good receivers and a nice running back."

Matthews has also taken a few glances to the northwest and his future football home, Texas A&M. Matthews said he's getting more and more excited about the idea of playing football for the Aggies.

"It just felt like home up there," he said of College Station. "It had a homey feeling to it. I got comfortable right away."

Matthews said he had been in touch with several coaches over the summer, largely when they called to check and see how he was doing.

"I talked to coach Turner about two weeks ago. He was making sure everything was going good," he said. "A couple of other coaches have written so far, asking me how summer was going."

Matthews said he's also heard from a few
other schools in spite of his commitment to A&M.

"I've been hearing from Oklahoma State and Baylor," he said. "Nebraska has sent a couple of things. All of them know I'm committed. My coach told them in the spring."

Matthews said he hopes to be ready to make a quick contribution to the Aggies once he does get on campus.

"Hopefully I'll get some early playing time," he said. "I should."

Even though he won't be able to help the Aggies during the 2010 season, Matthews expects big things from his future team.
"They're going to be good. Oh, yes," he said. "I've seen some of the recruits they have and a couple of games. They've got some good athletes-great athletes at that."

Matthews, a member of the class of 2011, is a three-star recruit and the 40th best safety in the country according to Rivals.com.

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