After the weekend that Matthews had for the South at the Under Armour Underclass Tournament back in July, I must say that I’m a bit shocked that no one has locked him down yet. Everybody can use a skilled face-off man who is proven against the best and the 5-7, 165-pound workhorse from Atlanta did just that against some of the best draw men in the country – kids committed to UVA, Penn State, Carolina, Penn State and others.
Possessing a wrestling and football background, Matthews is built low to the ground and has awesome upper body strength that helps him wear down opponents. He’s often able to make quick work at the X and get it to his offensive weapons, though it remains to be seen how he’ll be able to adjust to the new rules. From what I remember from the summer, he seldom committed violations, doing an awesome job anticipating the whistle and beating his man. Liked his stickwork as well.
At the moment, the Georgia Thunder product is considering schools like Fairfield and Richmond, though a big spring will likely help bring on more options. His Lovett program, who will face 2014 national champion Boys’ Latin in March, lose a 4-year starter in goal so it will be pivotal that Matthews is able to provide his offense with quality possession time.