North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews was one of several Longhorn commits on hand Saturday for Texas’ annual Orange-White game. Matthews shared his thoughts on UT’s use of tight ends and his impressions of Greg Timmons and JaMarcus McFarland with IT.
“Everything was great. The trip went great,” Barrett Matthews said. “I got a chance to stand on the field while the players were stretching and meet with the coaches before and after the game. I really got to see the Longhorn family.”
According to Matthews, being around the 2009 class was ultimately the best part of the trip. Matthews and soft verbal Greg Timmons have established a good relationship, which bodes well for the Longhorn coaching staff.
“We have an elite class coming in. That was the best thing I witnessed down there,” Matthews said. “I think we have the class to do some special things. Me and Greg Timmons are real good friends. We were talking and we think we can do some big things.”
Other than Timmons, Matthews got a chance to speak with several other commits and one of the Longhorns’ top remaining targets, JaMarcus McFarland.
“I had a chance to speak with defensive tackle JaMarcus McFarland. He is not committed but is trying to decide,” Matthews said.
Matthews said that he felt like McFarland enjoyed himself during the visit, but was the North Shore product whispering in his ear?
“Not really,” Matthews said. “It’s his decision. I was trying to persuade him to at least consider it though.”
Matthews felt like Texas’ use of tight ends was very similar to the way they do things at his high school, something he feels like will benefit him in the future.
“It was pretty nice the way they used their tight ends. They were running good routes and the coaches were splitting them out wide. It was like the offense that North Shore runs,” Matthews said. “I think that will benefit me. Running the same routes I’m used to should benefit me very much.”
Matthews plans to return to Austin during the summer months for summer camp. He racked up 383 yards on just 13 catches as a junior.