May 24, 2010

Matlock still looking for offers

Pflugerville's Alex Matlock has distinguished himself as one of the Austin-area's top defenders in 2011. The 6-foot-1 safety has received a lot of attention from schools across the nation but the interest has not yet turned into scholarships.

Currently only holding one offer, from Kansas, Matlock is also in contact with Tulsa, Houston, TCU, Missouri, Kansas state, and Texas A&M. Matlock, like many prospects, will attend camps this summer, including a visit to College Station for Texas A&M's camp June 6th.

"Right now it is just talking between me and the coaches," Matlock said of his current recruiting situation. "A lot of schools want to evaluate me further at camps and such. Some schools are looking at me as a safety but some are seeing me more as a linebacker."

Matlock plays a similar role for his team now, playing safety when in the Panthers' 4-4 base defense and linebacker and safety in their 4-3 scheme.

"At Pflugerville we run a cover 3 base out of out 4-4, a base cover 2 out of the 4-3 and we run a cover 2 man under," he said, "then we will sprinkle in man coverages."

With only one offer currently on the table, Matlock is still looking to add offers, but schools that have offered still take priority.

"I have the most interest in the ones that have the most interest in me," he said. "The school that has given me a scholarship right now is the one I have the most interest in. If other schools give me offers, then obviously my interest in that school increases. With the one offer, that is where my interest is."

Between 7-on-7, offseason workouts and one-day camps, Matlock will remain busy over the summer. Run support from his safety spot has always been a strength, so increasing his cover skills will be a priority for the rover safety.

"The part of my game I most need to work on is being more aggressive in coverage, when the ball is in the air," Matlock said. "I am not scared to make contact with the ball carrier. I am not scared to step up and make a hit when I need to. I just need to work on taking that aggression into playing in coverage."

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