, Port Arthur, Texas

February 4, 2014

Matthews set to become first LU player from Memorial

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur Memorial linebacker Melbrodick Matthews has reportedly decided to become the first Titans player to head to Lamar University to play for the Cardinals.

Today is National Signing Day around the country as thousands of high school players make their college plans official.

Memorial has never had a player go to Lamar for football, although it was close on Ricky Fisk last year. Fisk had indicated he would sign with Lamar,then opted for Morgan State.

It is expected to be another busy signging day for the Titans, as Matthews will have plenty of company when he signs on the dotted line during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony in the school auditorium.

Eight Titans are expected to continue playing football at some level.

Matthews’ twin brother Meldrick will make it a great family day when he announces for Blinn Junior College. He will be joined at Blinn by Roderic Rucker and Albert Jacobs.

Rucker and Jacobs both played receiver  for the Titans and were named to the Port Arthur News Super Team.

Linebacker Dante Lovilotte and quarterback Tayylor Labrie are expected to be teammates next fall at Kilgore Junior College.

Trenton Swinton, who played receiver at Memorial, has an offer from the U.S. Naval Academy, while Ransom Howard is headed to Kansas City to play at Avila University.

Nederland, meanwhile, has two players signing Wednesday.

Super Team Defensive Player of the Year DeShawn Washington’s decision is well known, as he is all set to become an Aggie at Texas A&M University.

Caleb Malveaux, a Super Team member on defense, made his announcement public this past Sunday in The News. He will play football at  Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

One bit of surprising news came out of Nederland Tuesday when it was learned Super Team MVP Colton Kimler has decided to not play football at the college level. Kimler will instead focus on academics.

The New was unable to reach PN-G's Brandon Faircloth for confirmation on Indian football signings. There will definitely be a PN-G baseball signing, though, as Logan Chipman will make his decision on where he will play at the next level.