Video Breakdown OL Matthew Huhn
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Huhn picked SMU on Jan. 15, 2017 from an offer list that included Houston, Army, Baylor, Brown, California, Colorado, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rice, UCF, Yale and Tulsa.
SIDE NOTE: Matthew Huhn began his high school career as a wide receiver, but his time as a pass catcher was short lived. On the first day of fall camp, during his freshman year, he made the move to the offensive line.
AUDIBLE: "It came down to trust and coach relationships. I had always liked SMU and when things went south at Houston, they were one of the first to save me a spot. I love the coaches, love the area, and the program is on the come up. Can’t wait to get up there!"
How Huhn Fits
SMU may have 11 offensive linemen returning for next season, but given the inconsistent level of play in the trenches over the past couple of seasons—or rather the consistently poor level of play—SMU might be ready to hand over a starting spot for anyone who shows they deserve it. At the very least, Huhn can provide some depth to a position group that has been disappointing for some time.
What Huhn Brings
Huhn is huge. His length allows for some natural separation and leverage. He’s also pretty quick for his size and agile enough to correct and adjust in the instances where he is beaten in pass protection. On running plays, he gets to the second level often—and in a hurry—and when he gets his hands on linebackers and defensive backs, the carnage is fun to watch.
Expectations for Freshman Year
It doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility that Huhn sees the field early and often. As mentioned earlier, offensive line is one of the areas SMU needs to improve in when the 2017 season gets going. It will be up to Huhn to put in the work over the summer, learn the playbook and earn a spot on the line.
Career Expectations for Huhn
Just as there is no reason for him not to see significant snaps in his freshman season, Huhn could easily be a multi-year starter. He has a big frame and has the athleticism to be a game changer on the offensive line—which isn’t something you typically think of about lineman. SMU thinks highly of him, and they aren’t the only ones—just ask any of the 36 other schools that offered him.