The Texas A&M football team got some terrific—though expected—news today as junior All-American offensive tackle Jake Matthews announced he will return for his senior season.
Junior All-American offensive tackle Jake Matthews has announced he will return for his senior season. #12thMan
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) January 10, 2013
Matthews, son of former NFL offensive tackle (and Hall of Famer) Bruce Matthews, is heading back to school to chase a National Championship, move to left tackle and get a chance to play along the offensive line with his younger brother Mike Matthews.
“After careful consideration, much thought and prayer, I am happy to announce that I am returning to Texas A&M for my senior season,” Matthews said in a statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. “There are a few things that really swayed my decision. Number one is the opportunity to play with my younger brother, Mike. That opportunity doesn’t come around very often. The college experience is also a great time and with our team coming back next season, I think we have the chance to be very special. I love playing for the 12th Man. Our fans are the greatest and the atmosphere at Kyle Field is outstanding.”
Mike enrolled at Texas A&M in the spring of 2012. He should replace senior center Patrick Lewis, giving the two an opportunity few ever get to experience.
Jake likely would have gone in the first round of the 2013 draft, but he will move over the left tackle and have a very good chance of being a top 10 pick in 2014. Putting together tape at left tackle should only improve his stock, assuming all goes according to plan.