March 3, 2008

Longhorns land lucky No. 13

The University of Texas has struck again at Galena Park's (Texas) North Shore High School.

Texas coach Mack Brown has plucked the likes of defensive back Joe Walker, linebacker Cory Redding and cornerback Chykie Brown over the years, and he received a commitment from tight end Barrett Matthews this weekend.

"Based on our conversations, Barrett was really impressed with the entire facility," North Shore coach David Aymond said. "He went up there this weekend and was offered and committed to their staff. He was very impressed with all the coaches and loved their demeanor."

Matthews will be a three-year starter for the Mustangs and is the third consecutive tight end to go a major Division I school from the tradition-rich program. Miami's Dajleon Farr and Arizona's Earl Mitchell came before Matthews.

"He tremendously physical and is a blessed athlete," Aymond said. "He is a throw-back, hard-nosed football personality. He will block to the whistle and he's athletic enough that we can split him out wide. I don't know how he fits into their plans or how they will utilize Barrett, but he'll be successful there. His mental toughness is amazing."

With the commitment from Matthews the Longhorns currently have 13 verbal commitments in the 2009 recruiting class.

As a junior, the 6-3, 230-pound Matthews caught 13 passes for 383 yards and seven touchdowns.


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