2004 All Star East


Darran Matthews

Defensive Back

6’ 205 lbs.

High School Coach: Robert Snell

High School, Class: Redford Thurston, A

College: Eastern Michigan University


Darran started to play football in his seventh grade year. He, “really didn’t find any interest in the sport in my first year but when it came down to my eighth grade year I told myself I will try hard to be the best.” He, stuck to his goals and led the Pierce Patriots to a 6-0 season. “When I came into Thurston as a freshman I was lost as most freshmen are. That’s when I came to coach Snell for guidance. He kept me in the weight room and stayed on me about my learning. My junior year I led Thurston to a Mega Blue Division Championship. My senior year we went 8-2. It was a great year. Teammates and coaches made it a memorable season, one I wouldn’t forget.” Darran was his team’s MVP in his senior season.


Darran also played basketball and ran track and was a facilitator for the Thurston Unity Team.


Darran thanked, “God for making it possible for my success and for my athletic ability.” He thanked his friends and family for all their support and, “All those who doubted me; you made me a better person.”



All Conference First Team, 2003

All Observer First Team, 2003

All Metro West, 2003

All Suburban, 2003

All State, 2003

Top 50 Michigan Recruits, 2003