Caring is Creepy 2020: Have a Seat, Quavon Matthews

By RossWB on June 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm
welcome to iowa, quavon

Iowa's busy recruiting weekend continued on Sunday, as they added a commitment from Quavon Matthews to earlier commitments from Mason Richman and Yahya Black.

Matthews, a 6'0", 170 lb prospect out of Largo, FL, is rated a 3* prospect by Rivals. (247Sports has not yet rated him.) He chose Iowa over offers from North Carolina and Southern Miss (so he really likes yellow bird mascots, apparently). Matthews hasn't generated as much recruiting buzz as some prospects because an ACL injury limited his junior season. He's fully recovered now, though, and begun generating interest during the spring evaluation period. 

Iowa had a few ins with Matthews that paid dividends in his commitment as well -- one of his former high school teammates at Largo High School is currently on the Iowa team, wide receiver Calvin Lockett (he redshirted during the 2019 season). More importantly, the coach at Largo High is Marcus Paschal, who played for Iowa in the mid '00s (he was a second-team All-Big Ten safety in 2006). Paschal's assessment (per Rivals) of Matthews' skills ticks off a lot of boxes Iowa looks for in a receiver: 

"Quavon is a very dynamic wide receiver," said Paschal. "He's an aggressive run blocker, has strong hands, and is a precise route runner, which is a combination that's hard to find in one single player."

Obviously it's in a coach's interest to talk up his players, but that's still an encouraging summary of his skillset. We can see some of those skills on display in his highlights (from his sophomore season): 

We get a little sense of his run blocking in that clip -- his initial engagement looks pretty solid, although he could stand to hold his blocks for a bit longer. It's hard to judge route running from a highlight clip, but his cuts into the middle of the field and toward the sideline look promising. As far as his hands go, he makes a few tough catches in the clip -- and he also shows good hands in his ability to hang onto the ball during contact. In fact, his toughness was one of the things that impressed me most in that clip -- he looked fearless as a punt returner and didn't seem afraid to venture into the middle of the field as a receiver, either. His speed didn't look blazing fast, but he looked shifty, especially in the open field. Matthews' skill-set looks like it maps well to what Iowa looks for out of a slot receiver, and his return skills give him some added value as well. 

Welcome to Iowa, Quavon. 

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