Interview with Brandon Matthews
by Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, and School?
My name is Brandon Matthews, and I played OLB for West St. John High School. I have singed with the Eastern Illinois Panthers.
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-2, 195 lbs
LAFM: Any impressive accolades or stats?
I do not remember my stats. I was All-District, All-Metro, All-River Parish, and 2nd Team All-State.
LAFM; What other schools were you interested in?
I was looking at LA Tech, Grambling, and Alcorn State.
LAFM: When did you first get in touch with the Eastern Illinois?
They got in touch with me in January. They flew me out there a week after our initial talk. The Campus is Beautiful, and I got along with everybody. I committed while I was out there.
LAFM: Why did you choose Eastern Illinois?
Well Coach Dennis Winston was recruiting me at Grambling. Once he left Grambling, he promised me he was going to take me wherever he went. Then Head Coach Kim Dameron was a coach at LA Tech before he got the head coaching job at Eastern Illinois. He was recruiting me when he was at LA Tech. Both of them have been recruiting me for a while, and I wanted to go with both of them.
LAFM: What are you most excited about going into next year?
Well, they have a new coaching staff at Eastern Illinois. I feel like I have a great opportunity to grab a position. I am excited about getting a spot on the team.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors helping you along the way of your recruiting process?
My two coaches Dennerold Anderson and Brandon Walters from West St. John are the two guys that stand out. They are defensive coaches who helped me develop and taught me. Coach Walters had played DE at Grambling. He had put Coach Winston on me. Coach Dennerold has been there since my freshman year. He has always showed me right from wrong and worked out with me my whole career.
LAFM: What do you bring to the Eastern Illinois Football Program as a player?
I am an athletic LB who is going to try to be a play maker. I know how to work hard and am looking to earn my spot on the team.
LAFM: What is one thing you think that you need to improve upon or adjust to going to the next level?
I need to gain weight. They want me to get to about 205 lbs.
LAFM: How has West St. John High School prepared you for football at the next level?
We watched a lot of film. They stressed the film room so we knew what our opponents strengths were and could try to stop them. I feel like film is going to be a big part of playing college ball.