Last week I profiled Kissimmee Osceola standout offensive lineman Nick Brown, who is being recruited by the University of Miami. Today, I am profiling his good friend and teammate Matt Guice.
At 6-foot-3 ½ and 268 pounds, Guice began his high school career as a tight end. "Going into my sophomore year, I was only about 200 pounds," Guice said. "When we had an injury on the offensive line, they needed one of the JV guys to move up. Since Nick was bigger, he got moved up and that opened a hole on the offensive line. That's when I switched positions."
Guice became a varsity starter last season, and helped lead Osceola into the third round of the state playoffs. Guice, who used to play baseball, is a full academic qualifier (3.7, 1090).
"I had a few schools calling in the spring," he said. "Florida and Miami both called; all the Academies called; Northwestern; and there were a couple others. They all pretty much wanted to see how I was doing and if I was interested in their school or whatever."
Guice spent the summer checking out various schools via summer football camps. "Nick and I went to camps at Florida and Miami," he said. "I also went to the second session of Down & Dirty."
The talented offensive lineman talked about his experiences at those camps.
"Florida was real nice," he said. "First off, I grew up a huge Gator fan. I go to every home game and I know a lot about their program. The camp was fun. If they offered me, I'd probably go automatically."
"Miami was fun too, I liked it there. It's just that it was a big city and kind of confusing. Everything was real crowded. Nick and I drove down there together and we were both thinking the same thing. But the camp was good. We did a lot of 1-on-1's even without pads on. The competition was real good."
The standout lineman said he's going to wait and see which schools end up offering scholarships.
"I don't have any offers yet, so I'm just going to play it by ear," he said. "I'm going to wait and see to find out who is really interested in me and take it from there. My top three or four would be Florida, Stanford, Miami, and LSU."
Guice talked about his goals for this coming season. "Basically, I don't want to screw up as much," he said. "I want to dominate the other guy on every play, and continue working on the little things such as my stance and stuff like that."
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