Utah signee named 'biggest riser' from 2023 Under Armour All-America Week
Utah signee Mikey Matthews got some major love after showing out in Orlando at the 2023 Under Armour All-America Game.
After the week wrapped, 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins handed out superlatives to some of the top performers at the event. Between practice leading up to the game and the game itself, several 2023 recruits surprised. Chief among them was Matthews, a 5-foot-10 receiver from Mission Viejo, California.
Ivins labeled Matthews as the biggest riser of the week. Here’s what he wrote on the future Ute wideout:
We’ll see where Mikey Matthews finishes in the final rankings, but I would wager that he’s probably better than the nation’s No. 84-ranked wideout. No one really knew much about Matthews coming into the week, but he quickly emerged as the top pass catcher for Team Speed during practices and finished with a game-high nine targets on Tuesday. Matthews is a crafty route runner that loves to mix gears in hopes of creating separation. He has what it takes to make an impact in the Pac-12 even if he isn’t some 4.4 guy in the 40-yard dash.
If we know anything about coach Kyle Whittingham and his staff in Salt Lake City, it’s that they trust their own evaluations.
Utah first extended a scholarship back in March 2022 when Matthews’ only other Power Five offer was from Boston College. In the time since, Matthews added offers from Colorado, Tennessee, Washington State, Michigan, Arizona, and Indiana. But Utah remained in the thick of the race.
Matthews ended up committing to Utah on Dec. 1 and signed during the Early Signing Period. He ranks as the No. 486 overall recruit in the class and the No. 66 receiver in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He was responsible for the only touchdown scored by Team Speed in the All-America Game, bringing in a 23-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder throw.