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September 13, 2006
Cheraw defensive end Cliff Matthews is one of the top prospects in the Palmetto State's class of 2007 for football and ranked among the top defensive ends in the nation. Now the 6-5, four-star prospect has another offer to add to his list - but its for basketball.
"High Point offered me today," Matthews told SCVarsity.com. "I was pretty excited; it was my first offer for basketball, and I was also kind of surprised."
The recruiting war for Matthews has been hot between South Carolina and Georgia, with each using their basketball programs as leverage in bidding for Matthews' football services.
"Georgia seemed like they were more serious about letting me play basketball too," said Matthews. "While I was there, I got to meet all of the coaching staff and they told me I had a good chance at playing there."
But Matthews seemed more impressed by the USC program overall.
"South Carolina is probably going to have the better team in basketball over the next few years," he said. "They've got some great recruits coming in. I did get to meet with Coach Odom and he told me he'd give me a shot at playing there."
How much will the opportunity to play basketball weigh on his decision?
"A lot," he said. "I love basketball. It won't be the only thing that decides it for me, but it will be important."
So far this season, Matthews has collected 36 tackles, 8 for loss, and 12 sacks. He also has one reception for 36 yards at the tight end spot.
As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Matthews racked up 66 tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions on defense, and grabbed 17 balls for 210 yards and four touchdowns on offense.
Stay tuned as we follow this SCVarsity.com Top Ten Player through his recruiting