March 3, 2010

North Shore duo on the radar

The North Shore Mustangs has become known for many things that equate to success. There was the 78 game winning streak that ended last year, there was the State Championship from 2003 and there is the endless flow of players that end up on college teams across the country. The current crop of seniors is no different. With numerous Division 1 prospects on the team the coaching offices are sure to be busy with college coaches this spring.

Two prospect that have emerged as early standouts are cornerback Miketavious Jones and linebacker Derrick Matthews who have attended both of Houston's junior days this year and are a couple of the early players offered by the Cougars. They both also attended Sunday's Rivals Five Star Academy and caught us up on where their recruitment currently stands.

"So far I have five offers," said the 5-foot-11, 175 pound Jones. "They are from Oklahoma State, Houston, Baylor, Kansas and Rice. I've also been getting a lot of letters and questionares from a lot of other schools. I was at LSU's junior day last weekend and I might hit some more."

Matthews has not had quite as fast a start as his teammate on the recruiting front, but it is not because of a lack of talent.

"Right now the only offer I have is from Houston," said the 6-foot, 180 pound Matthews. "I am not really hearing from a lot of other schools right now, but there will be coaches coming in during the spring evaluation period."

After attending two junior days, Jones and Matthews are definitely becoming familiar with what they like about the Houston program.

"I like the campus a lot," said Jones. "I really like the coaches a lot, I have a good vibe with the coaches. I also like their facilities here too."

"The junior days have been a great experience," said Matthews. "I got to see a lot of things that I did not know about U of H like the academics and some of the buildings we got to see. I liked it a lot."

Like most teammates, the two have thought about heading to the same school to play their college ball, but admit that it's not a deal breaker if it doesn't work out.

If it's a possibility for us to play together in college, it would be great," said Matthews. "If we have to go our seperat ways though, then so be it. What ever ends up being the best situation for each of us."

As the end of school approached, Jones wants to keep busy improving himself and getting ready for his senior season.

"I want to continue to work at getting better as an overall player," said the talented defender. "I think we are going to be a good team again next year. Of course we have the goal of making it to the state championship. We have all the things we need to be successful in reaching our goals next year."

Mathews was named as a second team linebacker on the 21-5A all-district team last season.

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