Matthews solid to TCU

Matthews solid to TCU

The past few weeks in the college football world have been tumultuous, to say the least, as the annual coaching carousel kicked in to high gear. The ripples were felt by dozens of programs and prospects - including McPherson (KS) High School star Tyler Matthews, a long-time TCU commitment.

The past few weeks in the college football world have been tumultuous, to say the least, as the annual coaching carousel kicked in to high gear.

One of the coaches to get off at a new stop was TCU offensive coordinator Justin Fuente, who was hired Dec. 7 to be the new head coach at the University of Memphis.

The news was meaningful to one top prospect hailing from the state of Kansas in particular – McPherson (KS) High School quarterback Tyler Matthews.

Matthews has long been committed to the Horned Frogs, and Fuente was to be his coordinator. However, since his departure the TCU coaching staff has remained in close contact with their prized signal-caller.

Head Coach Gary Patterson and assistants Rusty Burns and Dan Sharp have all touched base, to ensure Matthews is still firm in his college decision.

They needn't have worried. He's rock solid.

"I'm still happy in my decision," Matthews said. "They're kind of figuring it all out, who is going to fill Coach Fuente's place."

One local program did make a midnight-hour pitch to get him to reconsider, however. Tuesday, new Kansas head coach Charlie Weis - along with assistants Reggie Mitchell and Ron Powlus - made the trip to McPherson High School to meet with him in person.

Weis explained that he's looking for a different type of quarterback than the previous regime, and that Matthews fit his mold.

It gave him something to think about, he said, but after meeting with his family he decided to stick with TCU.

"He's a great guy, it seems like, but it's kind of tough this late," Matthews said, of Weis. "It's unfortunate it's happening this late."

Matthews will graduate from high school this month and enroll early in Fort Worth, to get a jump start on his college career. He's still got one more challenge ahead of him as a prep athlete, however, in the form of the prestigious Army All-American Bowl.

The annual all-star game gathers many of the top high school prospects in the country at the Alamodome in San Antonio for days of practice, capped by a nationally televised game on NBC. This year, the game will take place Jan. 7.

"I'm really looking forward to that," Matthews said. "Just being with all those guys and all that. Being with all those great athletes, it's going to be a great time."

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