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Jake Matthews will stay at Texas A&M

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One way or another, Jake Matthews was going to wind up following Luke Joeckel.

Either Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and a cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, would follow his fellow Texas A&M offensive tackle’s lead and declare for the NFL draft or he would opt to remain in school to take over for Joeckel as the left tackle in front of Johnny Football. Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that A&M has confirmed that Matthews has opted for the latter and will remain an Aggie for the 2013 season.

The news isn’t a huge surprise, although most people thought Matthews would go in the first round this season even without the experience of starting on the left side. With Joeckel on hand, Matthews started on the right side and was impressive enough to generate plenty of draft buzz. Staying another year will give him a chance to prove he can handle the marquee position on most offensive lines and, potentially, follow Joeckel on the top of the draft board.

With Michigan’s Taylor Lewan also choosing to return to school, there figures to be a good battle to become that first tackle taken in 2014. Joeckel looks like a lock for those honors in 2013 and there’s been talk he could wind up as the first overall pick when the NFL gathers in New York.

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8 Responses to “Jake Matthews will stay at Texas A&M”
  1. doe22us says: Jan 10, 2013 3:29 PM

    Maybe i am nitpicking, but your headline says he has decided to stay, and then you have a whole paragraph and a half explaining what he may or may not do. Smdh. You could have started with Joe Schad’s reports right of the bat. Anyway just an observation.

  2. ccjcsr says: Jan 10, 2013 3:30 PM

    Risk….Reward?

  3. Kreedos says: Jan 10, 2013 3:30 PM

    This was know about a week ago surprised its just getting some steam today.

  4. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jan 10, 2013 3:36 PM

    What about Casey Mathews?

  5. jwreck says: Jan 10, 2013 4:30 PM

    What a freakishly athletic family. I can’t find any sources to back me up now, but I remember hearing a while back about how Sean Taylor, Michael Vick, and Ben Wallace are all the same extended family tree. Also Aaron Brooks and Marcus Vick, though they clearly got a worse mix of genes.

  6. mrgroovesd says: Jan 10, 2013 4:33 PM

    I was hoping he would come out and maybe landing to the Bolts in the draft. Lord knows they need a whole left side of the line. RT also, Clary is gar-bage.

  7. mrmosier says: Jan 10, 2013 4:41 PM

    Funny how they also neglected to mention his older brother, Kevin, who is a backup interior lineman with the Titans.

  8. matthewcarlson1 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:37 PM

    Plus Johnny football is practically a championship magnet. If he stays 4 years i bet they win one.

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