The West Virginia Mountaineers have landed Jackie Matthews, a defensive back out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Matthews visited Morgantown this past weekend and his cousin, T.J. Simmons, was his host around the university and city.
Jordan Lesley, West Virginia’s Defensive Line Coach and one of Matthews’ lead recruiters, unofficially announced the commitment with a “Let’s Go” earlier on Twitter:
— Jordan Lesley (@CoachLesley_WVU) November 24, 2019
Outside Linebackers Coach Al Pogue added, “When you lose a very close game to a top 25 ranked team but you still pick up a “BIG TIME” commitment from a baller. Let’s GO!”
— Al Pogue (@coachalpogue) November 24, 2019
Matthews is 3 star player and the 15th rated junior college cornerback in the nation. He held offers from Arkansas State, Charlotte, Marshall, Old Dominion, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, UAB and Western Kentucky, but it ultimately came down to West Virginia and UCF, who he had planned to visit next month.
West Virginia gives him an opportunity to play major Power 5 college football and compete for playing time or perhaps a starting role immediately in the Mountaineers’ decimated secondary.