The preseason high school football All-Southern Arizona team concludes today with No. 22 on our list.
Check out a video clip on KVOA (Channel 4) tonight at 10.
The team was chosen by the Arizona Daily Star and the staff at KVOA.
JOSEPH MATTHEWS • WR/S • 6-2, 180 • RINCON/UNIVERSITY, Senior
• Who he is: Joseph Matthews was noticed for his strength and athleticism at receiver, but he has YouTube to thank for showcasing him. A recruiting video on the website shows Matthews doing it all, from over-the-shoulder catches to chasing down runners to make shoestring tackles. Rincon/ University coach Nate Gahn sent the link to New Mexico State's coaches, who gave it a look, then requested more film. After a review, Matthews was invited to a camp in Las Cruces this summer, and the rest is history. Just two days after the camp, Matthews was offered a full-ride scholarship to NMSU and verbally committed to the school.
• Proof he's good: As shown clearly in his YouTube video, Matthews' specialty is running in open space. The Rangers design plays to get Matthews open for short passes and let him do the rest. He was the team's leading receiver last season with 16 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns, which doesn't sound like much until you consider the Rangers have been in the process of rebuilding their offense. For starters, Gahn runs a Wing-T system, which is geared toward the run. Then add that Rincon was held to 14 points or less in seven games, and Matthews' numbers begin to sound better. Despite a limited number of looks, Matthews made the most of his receptions, averaging 17.4 yards per catch.
• He said it: "I think New Mexico State is a great place for him. They even told him he's got a shot at playing right away. I think they got a steal with him, since we were 1-9 last year and no one is really in here recruiting our kids." - Gahn
Michael J. Craven
On StarNet: Check out the Arizona Daily Star's picks for the preseason high school football all-star team at go.azstarnet.com/allstars
• What: Day 22 - Joseph Matthews
• TV: 10 p.m. Channel 4