Ricardo Matthews has made his decision to play for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 2006. He informed his recruiting coach at GT, Coach Buddy Geis of his intent to sign with the Jackets. GoJackets.com caught up with Ricardo to find out more about his decision to go with Tech over Maryland and other schools he was involved with.
When asked if he made the call to GT Matthews said, “Yes I did.”
Previously he spoke about wanting to make a decision soon but he first wanted to go over his options with his coach. With scholarships for Tech in short supply these days, Ricardo couldn’t wait to speak to his coach and made the decision on his own with the help of his family.
“I went ahead and brought my family members together and asked them what they thought,” Matthews said.
Ricardo listed being comfortable as a big factor in his decision.
“It came down to being comfortable really,” Matthews said.
With a lot of hard work, Ricardo feels like he could see the field early for Tech.
“I feel like they have a good defensive setup and defensive front,” Matthews said. “I feel like I’ll get some playing time, if I go in there and work my butt off. I feel like I’ve got a good chance to play as a freshman.”
Ricardo thinks that anyone can play early if they do the right things.
“Yeah, that’s no doubt,” Matthews said. “Anybody can get on the field early if they’ve got the mindset and work hard.”
Ricardo says he currently weighs between 255 and 260 and is comfortable with that. He sees himself with the frame to get even bigger though.
“Personally, I think I’m good where I am but you already know they’re going to try and beef me up,” Matthews said. Ricardo said he’ll eventually get to, “A good solid 275. That’s where I think I’ll be in my prime.”
He scoffed at the notion of moving inside noting that he plans to keep his speed and just play as a bigger end.
“Not if I keep my speed,” Matthews said! “I’m not trying to go to the inside.”
Ricardo could be the heir apparent to outgoing senior Eric Henderson, a player he spent some time with while on his official visit. Henderson spoke with Matthews and told him he’d be a good fit to fill the role.
Matthews said, “He was like, ‘man, you look like a head-buster, keep your head on straight.’ He said he thought I could get the job done. That’s good encouragement right there.”
As for what he’s looking forward to most going to Tech Matthews said, “Just having a great career… another chapter in my life.”