4-star CB Jordan Matthews commits to Tennessee

On3 imageby:Hayes Fawcett08/15/22


Four-star cornerback Jordan Matthews of Baton Rouge (LA) Woodlawn High announced his commitment to Tennessee Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder chose the Vols over Michigan and Texas.

Matthews on why he chose Tennessee

“I feel like I’m a priority for them,” Matthews said. “They don’t just want me, they need me! I feel like I can go in as a freshman and make a big impact on the defense and the team overall. Also, with Coach Heupel coming off of a 7-6 season for his first year, I feel as though the team is definitely trending upwards and I could be a part of that legendary group that wins a natty.”

Strong relationship with coaching staff + Tennessee’s plan 

“I’m the closest with Coach Martinez, the corners coach, who takes time each and every day to check up on me, ask me how practice was, etc,” Matthews said. “I’m also close with Coach Heupel, who is very transparent with me, and has been doing so throughout this whole process. Their plan for me is to make an immediate impact on the team and showing them my length, IQ, and dawg mentality will propel me to do so.”

The Louisiana defensive back joins Nico Iamaleava, Chandavian Bradley, Caleb Herring, and others in the Vols’ No. 12 class in the 2023 team rankings.

Jordan Matthews Scouting Summary

“Taller corner with plus track speed,” On3’s Director of Scouting Charles Power wrote. “Shows strong recovery ability with his terrific long speed. Ran a 10.66 second 100 meters mark and a 21.29 second 200 meters time during his junior track season. Willing tackler that can bring ball carriers down in the flat and in the open field. Does a good job of defending passes and playing through receivers’ hands. Plays a bit erratic, needs to slow down and stay calm with his feet rather than being so jumpy when playing man coverage. Primarily plays off coverage at the high school level. Father, Roshaun Matthews, played outside linebacker at LSU and Southern University in the late 90’s and went on to play professional football from 2000 to 2005. On the younger end of the spectrum for the 2023 recruiting cycle.”

Matthews currently ranks as the No. 129 Player in the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that accounts for all four major recruiting services. He also tabs in at the No. 15 cornerback, and the No. 8 player in the state of Louisiana.