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Draft Scout Jake Matthews News
05/04/13 - NFL DRAFT: 'WAIT-TIL-NEXT-YEAR' DRAFT OVER; HERE ARE 21 TO WATCH IN 2014: Seniors...4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: The son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Jake will slide over from right tackle and provide stellar protection for Johnny Manziel, emerging as a top-10 prospect. Several current and former scouts have noted he's a better prospect than 2013 No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
05/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 3. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 305, 5.14)...Although often overshadowed by Luke Joeckel, Matthews might be the better NFL prospect and will move from right tackle to left tackle as a senior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/13 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 4. Texas A&M: The bad news: Many are touting two Aggie juniors as the top two picks in the draft: LT Luke Joeckel and DE Damontre Moore. The latter really stepped up in 2012, becoming much more of an effort guy. The good news: OT Jake Matthews surprised some by announcing he is coming back for 2013. Aggie O-line coach B.J. Anderson sure was relieved when hearing he still had Matthews, who will slide over to left tackle, while he is confident in shifting starting OG Cedric Ogbuehi to right tackle. A&M is counting on Julien Obioha, who started 12 games as a true freshman in 2012, to step up in the wake of Moore's exit. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/10/13 - Texas A&M junior offensive lineman Jake Matthews will return for his senior season after considering leaving early for the NFL, Matthews announced today. In addition, Matthews, 6-6, 305, will move from right tackle to left tackle, filling the hole left by Luke Joeckel, the Outland Trophy winner who is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. It’s all good for the Aggies.
“After careful consideration, much thought and prayer, I am happy to announce that I am returning to Texas A&M for my senior season,” Matthews said in a statement. “There are a few things that really swayed my decision. Number one is the opportunity to play with my younger brother, Mike. (Mike will be a sophomore offensive lineman.) That opportunity doesn’t come around very often. The college experience is also a great time and with our team coming back next season, I think we have the chance to be very special. I love playing for the 12th Man. Our fans are the greatest and the atmosphere at Kyle Field is outstanding.”
Matthews started all 13 games and played right tackle earning first-team All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the SEC Coaches, AP and EPSN.com and was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Arkansas (Sept. 29). Matthews and his offensive teammates became the first unit to ever post 7,000 yards of total offense in the Southeastern Conference. He blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. - Kate Hairopoulos, The Dallas Morning News
12/16/12 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: OT - Jake Matthews, junior, Texas A&M...Matthews helped clear the way for an offense that led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and gained 400 or more yards in the final 11 games of the 2012 regular season. - Texas A&M football