2008 Profile: Matt Branch

Standing 6'6" and weighing 260 pounds, Matt Branch could make a formidable offensive tackle at the next level.

However, the standout from Sterlington runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and has the hands of a wide receiver, making him a valuable threat at tight end.


Last season Branch recorded 20 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns primarily serving as a blocker on the edge. His actions did not go unnoticed as he took home all-state, all-district and all-northeast honors for his efforts.


Branch has been on the radar of several college coaches and they like what they see in him.


"My size and big frame are really what separates me from the rest of the guys," Branch told Tiger Rag. "I have good feet and good hands for such a big guy, is what the college coaches are telling me."


While Branch enjoys playing tight end he knows that college coaches love big athletic guys that can move to tackle to seal the edge and come off the edge as a pass rusher.


If the situation presents itself then Branch said that is fine with him.


"I like tight end, but because of my size, I can move over to tackle, or I can even play defense if needed to," said Branch. "I'll play wherever they need me and wherever I can help the team the most."


Two college coaches have already made their move with Branch as he has already received offers from two SEC schools in Ole Miss and Tennessee. He has received letters from schools all across the country including LSU and he will be at LSU's Junior Day later this month.


"I'd like to see LSU and everything," said Branch. "I've been to a hand full of games at Tiger Stadium and I just love the stadium and the atmosphere. I didn't make it to a game last year, but the year they won the national championship, I made it to a lot of games. I like it when they run out on the field and everyone just goes nuts. It gives you goose bumps and makes you want to be out there."


Branch not only uses his stature to block and catch passes on the grid iron, he also excels in basketball, track and baseball.


"I average about five or seven rebounds a game in basketball, with a couple of blocked shots here and there," said Branch. "I really just run track to stay in shape. Baseball is the one sport, other than football, that I really see myself having a chance to play in college. I pitch and I'm pretty good, so that's something I'd like to do. But, football is my number one priority."


By the Numbers: 260-Bench/405-Squat/3.3 GPA/19 ACT

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