Aaron Mathews, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Clairton, PA (Clairton High School)
Weight: 190 lbs.
Recruited By: Terry Smith and Bob Shoop
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 3* Rivals, 24/7, ESPN, Scout
Offer Sheet: Penn State (obvi), Akron, Boston College, Duke, Bowling Green, Maryland, Minnesota, Old Dominion, 5b, Temple, Toledo, West Virginia
This recruiting process was fun I'd like to thank all my coaches that helped me throughout! pic.twitter.com/KxWPcv9xyY— Aaron Mathews (@Goony_A1) January 2, 2016
Once Penn State offered, it seemed like a lock.
Three-star athlete Aaron Mathews released a top-3 on Christmas Day: 5b, West Virginia, and Toledo. However, his top-3 was unique in that there was a fourth team – Penn State. Up until that point, the Nittany Lions did not offer the quarterback/wide receiver/linebacker/safety from Clairton, Pa., but there was apparently enough interest in both sides that Mathews felt that he should mention Penn State among his top schools.
Two days later, James Franklin offered Mathews. Things started moving really fast, and today, he made it official – Aaron Mathews is a Nittany Lion.
With the commitment, Penn State now has 19 players in its 2016 recruiting class. Mathews joins Michal Menet, Miles Sanders, Karamo Dioubate, Connor McGovern, Andrew Pryts, and Shaka Toney as part of the contingent representing the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the class.
The big thing with Mathews is figuring out which position he plays in college. He's a tall, athletic guy, and while the fact that he's really skinny means that he's probably going to redshirt, it also means that Dwight Galt and his staff can mold him into whatever they want. If he is viewed as a wide receiver, then he probably doesn't have to put on too much weight, but if the staff wants him to play safety or linebacker, he's going to need to eat a sandwich or 57,000.
No matter what, it's probably safe to assume that Mathews takes a year to redshirt so he can get his body ready for the college game. Once he's ready, though, Mathews has the natural talent to be an impact player wherever he lines up. Considering Penn State is loaded at receiver, the safe bet is that Mathews projects in the back seven on defense, but we'll have to wait and see where he lines up. (UPDATE: Penn State recruited Mathews as a defensive prospect, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports)
You can follow Mathews on Twitter right here: @Goony_A1.
Welcome to Penn State, Aaron!