If you get 15 tackles in any one game, you are doing good. Well, Matt averaged almost that for the seven games he played last year as a junior. Matt also had 163 tackles the year before that. You have to think that Matt doesn't miss many tackles a game and you would be spot on. "No, I don't miss many." Matt said. "I think I have good instincts, I am pretty hard to block, I scout the offense as much as I can and I think I am pretty fast."
At a reported 4.55/40 , weighing in at around 240, fast isn't the word, that's darn near freak-like.
Ghoulish-wheels aside, this kid has a nose for the ball. That's the obvious part. Another part that you expect or at least hope for in an inside linebacker is an edge of sorts, a part of him that just says, ‘I'm going to kick you into the turf'. Matt's got that as well as is well illustrated by what goes through his mind when he sees that wide-open hit on a ball-carrier that doesn't see him. "I want to knock him into the stands." Matt said. "There's nothing like that. It's the best feeling in the world."
There might be a rival for that feeling this year however for Matt as his team coming off a 9-3 year isn't looking to just do a little better, but go all the way. "I think we can get the state championship this year." Matt said. "We got like 6 D-1 guys on the team, so I think we will be pretty good." Just some of those names that will be helping on either side of the ball for Pulaski Academy are WR/ John Rees, OL/ Jonathan Luigs and Safety, Stephen Green. So, yeah, he's got help, not that he needs it.
The only thing Matt thinks he is really going to need help with is addressing what he considers to be one of the most important decisions of his life, that being of course, what college he will attend after high school. In fact, if there is one obstacle for Matt this season, this one is clearly in his mind. "It's going to take a lot of time to think about that." Matt said of making his choice on where he will attend college. "There are just so many good schools out there."
Yes there are and so many are looking at Matt, including those who have offered him; Nebraska, Arkansas, LSU, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tulane and Virginia. Of all those schools Matt is considering, he does have an idea of what he wants, if not where he wants. "I want to go to a place with good academics, good facilities, it's a nice place to live for the next 4 or 5 years of my life and someplace I just feel comfortable with the coaches, players and early playing time wouldn't hurt." You might think that's asking a lot, but point of fact, that's pretty much what everyone else wants as well.
Of the ever-growing list of schools looking at him, Matt does have at least an idea of who he likes and why. "I like the first three schools that have offered me right now." Stoltz stated. "Those were LSU, Arkansas and Nebraska and they are all real strong programs."
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Like many others though, he's not in any hurry to figure out just which school he likes, if it's any on his current list right now. "I want to weigh all my options." he said. "I want to take my visits and hopefully go to a school that just ends up being the best place for me."
Matt scored a 21 on the ACT, but says he wants to retake it and he's sporting a hefty 3.70 GPA. As for Camps, Matt isn't sure that he will attend any, but he plans on making some unofficial visits, where, as of yet to be determined.
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