June 13, 2006

Mathews has ASU offer; examining his options

Certainly one of the top players on the board for ASU in this recruiting cycle is two-way athlete Ryan Mathews of Bakersfield, Calif., West High School. Mathews is a former teammate of ASU wide receiver Brandon Smith.

The 5-foot-10, 196 pound athlete put up unbelievable numbers on both sides of the ball last season as a junior. He earned first-team all-area as a linebacker and a running back in with 98 tackles and 16 sacks and 1,104 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

Mathews did not play any other sports during this school year because he wants to focus all of his time and attention on his senior season of football. He has targeted a couple of areas that he wants to work on in particular this summer.

"I am working on my explosion, strength, and my 10-yard sprint."

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