To answer your first question, yes, Texas A&M signee Luke Matthews is a member of that Matthews family.
As the fourth Matthews brother to play college football for the Aggies — following Kevin, Jake, and Mike — there was little doubt about where Luke would be playing his college ball. In fact, he committed to Texas A&M so long ago that Aggie fans were just getting over the Kyle Allen/Kyler Murray fiasco shortly before Matthews made his commitment official.
And now, nearly two years later, Matthews has made good on that pledge, as the 4-star offensive lineman officially signed with the Aggies on Wednesday morning, the first day of the early signing period.
A 4-star recruit according to 247Sports, Matthews is not only the Aggies’ longest-standing commitment, but he is also one of the team’s most highly-rated player. The 247Sports’s rankings have Matthews as the 196th-best prospect in the country, and the seventh-ranked guard prospect.
Though there is perhaps no position more difficult to see the field early as a true freshman, it would not be a surprise to see Matthews break that mold. Obviously, he has the talent, but he also comes from a famous football family, and it does not feel like we’re going out on a limb in presuming he has quite a high football IQ.
With that said, Texas A&M projects to return all five starting linemen in 2018, so it’s difficult to see Matthews coming in and earning a starting role right away. However, with Jimbo Fisher replacing Kevin Sumlin, we could see a shakeup across the board for the Aggies, which could lead to players like Matthews seeing the field earlier than we might project right now.