Vanderbilt’s recruiting class is ranked in the top 15 by most recruiting services, but James Franklin’s best recruiting job was getting star wide receiver Jordan Matthews to return for his senior season. And return he will, as Matthews thought it is best for him to finish his degree and stay in school.
“I felt physically and mentally I was ready to take that jump,” Matthews said. “As a kid, you dream about that opportunity, and it’s sometimes hard when your dream is right in front of your face to say, ‘I’ve got to take a step back and I can get better, and then I can reach that dream a little bit later.’
“The biggest thing was, in that whole process, there were people that were really firm on telling me to stay. I called my dad. He kind of talked to me a little bit. Me and my dad are like best friends. Then my mom got on the phone and she said, ‘Boy, you better keep your butt in school.’ ”
You won’t see many studs take this road. Matthews totaled an SEC-high 94 catches for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns, and he set Vanderbilt’s single-season receiving record with 1,323 yards and seven 100-yard receiving games.
Matthews needs 811 yards to tie Terrence Edwards’ SEC-record of 3,093 career yards.
Matthews and Chris Boyd return to Vandy for their senior seasons ready to take their game and program to the next level.
Matthews and Aaron Murray become the SEC’s biggest returnees for next season so far.
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