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Decatur's Matthews says Tuskegee good fit for football, education
By Meredith Qualls
The Decatur Daily

Daily photo by John Godbey
Bobby Matthews hugs his son, Josh, after he signed with Tuskegee University at Decatur High this morning.

Josh Matthews got an early start on National Signing Day, as the Decatur High running back signed to play with Tuskegee University Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Earl Webb Fieldhouse.

He was accompanied by his father, Bobby Matthews, and sister, Destiny Matthews.

"I've been thinking about this day ever since I can remember," said Matthews of the signing. "After today, I've got to get back to work and get back in shape for college."

Matthews said he made the decision two weeks ago, after making a visit to the university. Hoping to pursue a degree in engineering, he said the decision was a perfect fit.

"From day one, we were always talking about his education," his father said.

In addition, Josh Matthews said he felt confident in the Golden Tigers' coaching staff.

"They told me basically when I come here, I'm going to have to work hard, but we're going to win. They told me that if I work hard enough, I can have my spot," he said.

Matthews ran for nearly 3,000 yards in his four years at Decatur, despite battling through a hamstring injury his junior year.

"He's a tough, hard-nosed running back," Decatur coach Jere Adcock said. "He's one of the strongest kids we've ever had here, and he's one of the hardest working kids we've ever had here."

Matthew was also elected by his teammates as permanent team captain, the team's highest honor.

"This was the best option for him, so it was really kind of a no brainer," Adcock said.

Contact Meredith Qualls at 256-340-2395 or by email at

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