Top247 CB Jordan Matthews commits to Vols, picks Tennessee over Texas

jordan matthews he has visited Texas at least four times, and the Longhorns have been widely viewed for months as the team to beat for him. But a trip to Tennessee nearly two months ago was enough for the Vols to sell him on him in their secondary and finally manage to surprise one of his top targets.
The four-star cornerback from the Class of 2023 from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced Monday afternoon that he has committed to Tennessee, shocking Texas by choosing the Vols over the Longhorns. Michigan was also among Matthews’ finalists, but his decision fell to Tennessee and Texas, which hosted him on his most recent visit in late July.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Matthews gave the Vols his 21st commitment for the class of 2023 and the third by a cornerback. also joined Ricky Gibson of Trussville, Ala., as the second longtime cornerback target to commit to Tennessee in a span of just over 24 hours.
Before publicly revealing his decision, Matthews told GoVols247 that he chose the Vols because “they needed me in the corner position.”
“Tennessee had a lot of guys transfer last year, before last year’s season, and they lost a lot of key DBs,” said Matthews, who ranked the No. 139 overall prospect and No. 15 cornerback in the 2023 class and the No. 9 senior from the state of Louisiana, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
“Of course, Alonta (Taylor) went to the draft, and then Warren Burrellit’s coming out (after) this year, so they’re going to need some tight corners to fill those spots. And I feel like I can be the next guy to fill that void and just make plays on Rocky Top.”
Matthews received a scholarship offer from Tennessee in May 2021 and has been a top target for Vols cornerbacks for months. His official visit to Tennessee the weekend of June 24 gave him his first in-person look at the show, and while he wasn’t surprised that he enjoyed his first visit with the Vols, he admitted that they exceeded his expectations.
“It didn’t take me by surprise, because Coach Martinez told me, ‘You’ve got to come see Tennessee, man. He’s beautiful. You have to come see Knoxville,’” Matthews said. “He put a lot of expectations on it, but they even exceeded my expectations of what they were going to be.
“I knew they were going to be nice, but they impressed me even more. Those 48 hours that I spent in that official, amazed me. I feel like that could be a place where I could thrive and spend my next three or four years.”
Tennessee was the first school to secure an official visit with Matthews this spring, and the Vols had been aggressively pursuing him for months. But he said he started hearing even more from them after his official visit to Knoxville with the Tennessee coach. jose heupel texting him “every other day” and defensive backs coach willie martinez talking to him “every day”.

“After that visit, when they saw that I was really impressed and really liked the place and loved the vibe, they stepped it up,” Matthews said.
He said the opportunity to be coached and developed by Martinez, who has produced several NFL defensive backs, was a factor in his decision, and having the chance to play in the SEC “is definitely a big deal.”
“That’s a conference I’ve dreamed of playing in since I was a little kid, growing up and playing football,” Matthews said. “But then they have a ‘Vol For Life’ program. After football, you’ll graduate from Tennessee – get a good job, even if football doesn’t work out. Or if it works, it will further boost your market and your brand even more.
“And then I feel like they develop guys for the NFL. with coach willie martinezhe’s developed countless guys on several different shows he’s been on.

(Photo: Twitter, @JMatthews_07)

“In Tennessee, with the brand being as big as it is and being in the SEC, I feel like it’s hitting two birds with one stone. You have the coach and you have the brand of the school. You’ll have to try not to work hard (not to) be great.”
Matthews said he also likes the “transparency” of the Heupel staff “because I feel like if they can be transparent with me now in high school, I feel like when I walk onto campus I can ask them anything and they can train.” I’m fine.” Martinez, defensive coordinator tim banks and Heupel have spoken extensively with Matthews.
With his commitment now behind him, he said “it’s definitely going to be a final decision.” The local LSU school has been involved in recruiting him, and the former Tigers quarterback marcus randall is his head coach at Woodlawn, but Matthews said he is now focused on his senior season and hopes to come to Tennessee in January as an early member.
Starting early in his college career, he said, should improve his chances of seeing the field early for the Vols.

“I feel like I worked hard enough this offseason to come in and make my mark,” Matthews said. “But that’s one reason why I chose to sign up early, because you can eliminate those mistakes, start learning the playbook, start a lifting program, and that will put you even further ahead of the guys that are coming. in, in your class.

Leave a Reply