Arizona State’s Fourth of July celebration started off pretty well as three-star wide receiver Jordan Kerley announced he had committed to the Sun Devils in the morning.
By noon, it got even better.
Tight end Nolan Matthews, who’s ranked as a three-star by 247Sports and Rivals, became the 11th 2019 commitment for Arizona State with his message on Twitter:
COMMITTED. #19Nite pic.twitter.com/kzA89aKLsP— NM9™ (@nolan_matthews) July 4, 2018
Matthews is the first tight end in ASU’s 2019 class and the fourth player out of Texas to commit to the maroon and gold. He also held offers from Iowa State, TCU, Kansas and others.
In seven games last year at Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas, Matthews caught 20 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns.
As a three-sport athlete playing basketball and running track, the 6-foot-6, 243-pound Matthews averaged 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game while holding a personal-best time of 12.26-seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Matthews’ Hudl page says that the Texas native runs a 4.72-second 40-yard dash, a 4.3-second shuttle, bench presses 260-pounds, squats 675-pounds and records a 33-inch vertical.
Matthews visited Tempe on his official visit June 8, just about a month after the Sun Devils offered him. After his visit, the tight end took to Twitter and shared his experience, tagging fellow ASU commit Kerley and writing, “Tempe was Litt.”
Tempe was Litt pic.twitter.com/SrMPYS61Ws— NM9™ (@nolan_matthews) June 11, 2018
Along with Kerley and Matthews, ASU’s 11-man class includes quarterbacks Ethan Long and Joey Yellen, offensive linemen Roman DeWys, Joey Capra, LaDarius Henderson, receivers Andre Johnson and Ricky Pearsall Jr., linebacker Connor Soelle and athlete Ty DeArman.
Here are Matthews’ highlights from his junior season: