Actually, Matthews weight coming to USC is undetermined and has become something of an urban myth.
IF Matthews came to USC as a 220#, and just a year ago was so small his own father(!!) wouldn't start him on his HS football team, tell me how a guy goes from being a 17 year old 160-165#er HS junior to being @220# HS senior in 12 months???
That's a 55 to 60# weight gain in less than a year.
I don't care what kind of genetics or work ethic you have, that's damn near impossible.....naturally.
I feel like I'm beating up on the dude since I actually like the guy as a football player.
I think there's something to the fact that the dude was able to trigger his natural genetics and also benefited from a growth spurt in college, which I totally believed happened to Clay. We're not talking about someone whose father and uncle were 170# CPAs.
I just feel like the dude experimented with something, and whatever it was frigging worked like a miracle.
Matthews was named USC's top weight lifter 3 years in a row and Rey Maualuga distinctly remembers how skinny Matthews was as a frosh.
Interesting, but doesn't really matter to me much from a football standpoint.
Whatever the kid took, Matthews is a talented, high motor, chip on his shoulder, LB.
He and Aaron Rodgers are the only reason I always try to watch Packer football nowadays.