Posted: 8:33 am Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Atlantic LB Jephete Matilus commits to Marshall 

By Jason Lieser

Chris Bean, Atlantic’s interim football coach, confirmed that linebacker Jephete Matilus committed to play for Marshall.

At this point in the process, when players still have more than nine months to change their minds, it is hard to say how much this matters. Bean said he is unsure how solid Matilus’ decision is.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you, but he did commit,” Bean said. “He gave them a verbal.”

If it holds up, this would be a continuation of a great run by Marshall in Palm Beach County. The Thundering Herd picked up six county players last season, including two of the area’s top 20 recruits.

Nebraska was one of the first schools in on Matilus (6-0, 220, No. 11 on The Big Board) and several other BCS programs have shown strong interest in him. Rivals.com reported that he has offers from Illinois and Western Kentucky, as well.

As a junior, Matilus had 33 tackles and six sacks.

Matilus is the area’s fifth known early commit. He follows Park Vista OL Cody Preble (Wake Forest), Treasure Coast DB Keelin Smith (Florida State), Treasure Coast DB LaMarcus Brutus (Florida State) and Treasure Coast OL Mike Romano (Louisville).

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 2, 2011, national signing day.