Gone Baby Gone: Quavon Matthews Enters Transfer Portal

By RossWB on October 5, 2021 at 11:04 am
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Playing time is the most precious commodity for college football players, so when it's not readily available, it's not surprising to see heads looking elsewhere for opportunities. Such is the case with Quavon Matthews, a redshirt freshman Iowa receiver who entered the transfer portal on Monday. 

Matthews, a 5'11", 180-lb receiver out of Largo, FL, was ranked a 3* prospect by both Rivals and 247 Sports when he signed with Iowa as part of the 2020 recruiting class. A spot in Iowa's receiver rotation eluded him throughout his two years in Iowa City, though. He recorded no catches as a true freshman in 2020 and he has not seen any playing time in the current 2021 season. 

It was no surprise that Matthews didn't see action last year given the bevy of experienced options that Iowa had ahead of him at the wide receiver position. However, things were pretty wide open at receiver entering spring practice and summer training camp, with multi-year starters Brandon Smith and Ihmir Smith-Marsette both departed. Matthews was not able to crack the rotation that formed, though.

It wasn't a good sign for his future prospects when it became apparent that two true freshmen receivers, Keagon Johnson and Arland Bruce IV, had surpassed him on the wide receiver pecking order; Johnson has been in the two-deeps all season and Bruce has seen his playing time steadily increase each week. Matthews' failure to get any playing time during Iowa's blowout win at Maryland last Friday (even though other lightly used receivers, like Diante Vines and Desmond Hutson, did see action late in the game) was a pretty clear indication that Matthews was not in the plans at Iowa. 

Matthews arrived at Iowa with the hope of becoming an impactful playmaker at a position where Iowa has often struggled to find standout performers. He also came to Iowa City with some Hawkeyes ties, having been coached at Largo High by former Iowa defensive back Marcus Paschal. Despite Paschal's presence, the Largo-to-Iowa City pipeline has not yet really borne fruit for Iowa; another Largo alum, Calvin Lockett, transferred away from Iowa last fall and another Largo player, Keylen Gulley, verbally committed to Iowa but never made it to Iowa City. Iowa won't (and shouldn't) give up on trying to procure impact players from Florida, but the departures of Lockett and Matthews highlight how difficult the process can be. 

We wish Matthews good fortune moving forward; hopefully he's able to find another program where his skills are a good fit and he can earn some playing time. 

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