Matthews was a three star recruit. Auburn began recruiting Matthews during his junior year of high school when Phillip Lolley, the director of Football External Operations at the time, called the Matthewses. Matthews was planning to walk on at Auburn before receiving an offer from Vanderbilt. Matthews received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson on Christmas Eve in 2009 after wide receiver prospect and eventual Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby de-committed from Vanderbilt. Matthews only received scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Kansas, Tulane, Arkansas St. , and Jacksonville St. Matthews committed to Vanderbilt on December 26, 2009.