Jake Matthews returning to Aggies

Updated: January 11, 2013, 2:50 AM ET
By Sam Khan Jr. | GigEmNation

Texas A&M Aggies junior offensive tackle Jake Matthews announced Thursday that he is returning to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound right tackle, the son of NFL Hall of Famer and Tennessee Titans assistant coach Bruce Matthews, was a Football Writers Association of America first-team All-American and considered in many circles to be a potential first-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft had he declared.

But he decided to pass on that opportunity and return to the Aggies for several reasons, including the chance to play with his younger brother, Mike Matthews, a true freshman who played part-time this season in a reserve role and is projected to be the team's starting center next season.

"There are a few things that really swayed my decision," Matthews said in a statement. "No. 1 is the opportunity to play with my younger brother, Mike. That opportunity doesn't come around very often. The college experience is also a great time and with our team coming back next season, I think we have the chance to be very special."

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Matthews will shift to the left side of the offensive line and fill the void left by former left tackle Luke Joeckel, who declared for the draft on Tuesday.

Matthews started all 13 games this season and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. He has started 33 consecutive games dating to his freshman season.

"I am excited that Jake has decided to come back for his senior season," Sumlin said in a statement.

"Not only because he is one of the top offensive lineman in the country, but because of his approach and his leadership in our locker room. We will move him from right tackle to the left side and I think he will have a great senior season."

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