Interview: Matt Gutierrez

Gutierrez is one of the six quarterbacks from around the country that I am aware of that is being recruited by the University of Miami.

He attended the NIKE Camp at Stanford a few weeks ago and checked in at 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds. Although he didn't participate in drills because he's still nursing an offseason injury on his arm that will be 100-percent by mid-summer, he tested well. He ran a 4.82/40 and had a 33-inch vertical jump.

A two-time all-state pick, he passes the look test. He's a prototypical quarterback with the size and arm strength to stand in the pocket and pick apart defenses with his arm. He was named the California Sophomore of the Year two years ago and followed it up with a first team all-state performance last season.

Your current core GPA: 3.3

Your latest test score: 1070

Describe your style of play: My biggest strengths are my size and arm strength.

Who called in May: I got a bunch of them. Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, Florida, and some others.

Has Miami offered: Yeah, Coach Werner was out here a few weeks ago and they were one of the most recent schools to offer me a scholarship.

Who is your best offer right now: I have them from Miami, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, LSU, and USC, so I'd say it's Miami.

Who is your favorite right now and why: Miami is my favorite school followed by Cal, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Stanford.

Gutierrez is one of four quarterbacks from the state of California who have been offered by UM. Physically, he's just as impressive a prospect as Ben Olson, Marc Guillon, and Trent Edwards. The thing I like most is his ability to stand inside the pocket and pick apart opposing defenses with his arm and mind. On top of that, he's a good athlete who doesn't get sacked much. In his last two years as a starter, he's only been sacked five times. That is a very low number that Ken Dorsey also enjoyed coming out of highschool and he is showing now with his release why he still doesn't get sacked much. I think Gutierrez is the same way. The biggest key here is that many thought Cal had the inside track. Instead, Gutierrez says Miami has the lead at this point in time. That means there are two big-time quarterback prospects from across the country with offers from UM who say the Canes are their favorite right now - Gutierrez and Marc Guillon.

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