May 24, 2018

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Diamond in the Rough: Terry Matthews, Dutchtown High School

Terry Matthews is a wide receiver for Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA. Terry has a skillful set to his craft with great speed and vision. He is a playmaker on offense and a real threat in the return game. He is also a member of the LA Bootleggers 7on7 team. He strives to be great with his determination, and to not be outworked.

 

Here is his highlight film:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7624478/5a09039e0c53f60bcccbcdb7

 

Position: WR

Height: 5’9

Weight: 155lbs

40 Time: 4.53

Bench: 235

Squat: 365

ACT: 20

 

When did you start playing football?

I first started playing football at 4 years old for the Easton Rhinos.

 

What do you love about football?

I love the contact, scoring touchdowns and hitting people but mainly the contact because of my physicality I bring to the game. I like to go against people who has a more advantage than me. I love 50-50 balls that I can go up and snag them.

 

What separates you from others at football?

I’m a very hard worker, I always stay on the grind. Putting in work in the weight room and at practice is what separates me. A lot of people want it but don’t want to put in the work. With me it’s my mindset I just want it more than others. I watch a lot of film on my opponents and on me as well to see where I can get better at. Also, I’m a coachable player, if my coach gets on me it is not for nothing it’s for a reason. Having that attitude will make me a better player so I always listen and fix what they coach me up on.

 

What motivates you to play football?

I just have a love for the game. I play with a chip on my shoulder. I just want to go harder than other players and earn my respect.

 

Any obstacles you had to overcome?  Has football taught you any life lessons?
I would say football has kept me out of a lot of trouble. If it wasn’t for football only God knows where I would be at right now. Playing football gives me something to look forward to and keeps me focused on the positive things in life.

 

Who’s a role model you look up to or a player you can compare to your game to?

The players that I look up to are Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. Like coach said, play the game with fun and you can tell they having fun when they play the game. Also, the routes they run are on a different level, they create separation and get in the end zone.

 

Did you attend any camps or spring games?

Not yet but I’m planning on going to the Tulane camp in May. Its my first big camp I’m looking forward to and I will attend other camps in the summer as well. As far as the spring games I couldn’t get to go to any because of traveling with the LA Bootleggers.

 

How do you feel your junior season went?

I feel like that I can do a lot better. A key moment for me during my Junior year was in a district game against St. Amant High School. I had a kick return for 80 yards and our offense scored the next play, we were down by 7 at the time and the crowd went wild.

 

What is one thing this off-season you want to improve on?

My catching, going to be working on my hands, speed, and route running the most.

 

What do you look forward to the most for your senior year? Any goals?

I want to win a championship, never won a championship yet in any sport I played. A big goal of mine is to sign to a D1 college. Being that it is my last high school season I will go hard every game and cherish every moment along the way.

What would you like to major in while in college?

Business and finances. I want to start my own business and be a boss one day.

 

Anything you like to do outside of football?

Nothing really, its strictly football with me.

 

Favorite Pregame song?

Don’t really have a certain go to song but my favorite artist to listen to before games would be Meek Mill.

 

Twitter account: @_Tmatthews5