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Octavius Matthews

Position Running Back
Height 6'1''
Weight 200 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Stevenson, Ala.
High School North Jackson HS

2015-16 (Fr.-So. at Itawamba CC): Procured a four-star rating by ESPN.com and three stars from Rivals and 247sports … Rated the 63rd-best JUCO prospect by Rivals … Spent two seasons playing for head coach Sean Cannon … Saw action in 19 games and accumulated 1,453 yards on 184 carries … Averaged nearly eight yards-per-carry over his two seasons in Itawamba’s backfield … Scored nine touchdowns on the ground in his junior college career … Posted a team-best 808 yards rushing as a freshman and 645 yards as a sophomore … Pulled in 28 passes and gained 367 receiving yards over two seasons … Totaled five receiving touchdowns.  

High School: Played for head coach Mark Rose at North Jackson HS … A finalist for the state of Alabama’s “Mr. Football Award” … Named Class 4A First Team All-State and was a finalist for the Class 4A Back of the Year … Earned All-Tennessee Valley First Team honors … Ran for 1,773 yards and 26 touchdowns … Also grabbed 356 yards worth of passes for an additional four scores … Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and one punt for a score … Totaled 33 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Personal: Son of Johnathan and the late Kristy Bradford … Has one sister, Joneisha … Chose Kansas over offers from Auburn, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Purdue and Troy … Majoring in pre-business.