QB Transfer Excited About New Start With USM

Tyler Matthews knew that the time had come for him to look for a new opportunity elsewhere, and when the Eagles came calling, it was the perfect fit. The TCU transfer talked with GoldenEaglePride.com about his new start in Hattiesburg.

Even though QB Tyler Matthews was competing for a starting job at TCU last season, the time had just come for him to look for a new opportunity elsewhere.

The former McPherson, KS 3 star QB committed to TCU out of High School, and interestingly, it was back then that his relationship started to form with then Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

As he saw the situation unfolding at TCU, Matthews knew that a brand new start was going to be best for him and the Horned Frogs.

That's where Southern Miss stepped in.

"I loved TCU, the program, my teammates, and really everything about it," Matthews said. "I don't know, I can't really explain it but I just started to get to a point where I knew that a change was needed for me.

"I just felt like it was time to move on. I started looking around and that's where Coach Monken contacted me. I knew him because he recruited me at Oklahoma State."

Once the initial connection was made, Matthews had to take a trip to Hattiesburg to see if Southern Miss was the right place for him.

"He contacted me and invited me for a visit. I fell in love with it right away and all I can say is that it seemed like the perfect fit for me," The talented QB said.

"Coach Monken and I had a great relationship. I connected well with Coach Lindsey as well, he's a great guy.

"I already knew Picasso Nelson and we are friends. I love the offense and the way they throw it around. Its exactly what I ran in high school. I feel like Southern Miss was just the right opportunity for me and the right place where I needed to be."

With NCAA transfer rules, Matthews hopes to use this year to learn the ropes of his new program.

"I have to sit out a year and I want to go in, get with the guys, learn the program and just do anything I can," he said.

"I want to build relationships and learn as much as I can. I hope to run the scout team or do whatever I can to help this team."

This summer is the target date for Matthews.

"Right now I'm working out and I think I'm going to get in sometime in June and will start taking classes at USM in July," he detailed.

"I'll be able to jump into summer work-outs with the team and I'm very excited about that."

Matthews said he'll be majoring in business communications.

What will the Eagles be gaining in the TCU transfer?

"I have a strong arm, and I feel like I can pick up an offense easily because I have a good grasp of the game," he said.

"From a leadership standpoint I feel like I can earn respect. I'll be one of the hardest working guys on the team. I am accurate as a passer and can just say I'll be willing to do whatever the coaches ask of me."

Matthews will be eligible to play at the start of the 2015 season.

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