Could Commitment Come Soon For Matt Laris?

Matt Laris burst onto the Washington high school football scene in a big way last season. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver from Eastside Catholic in Sammamish had 1500 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns last year playing mostly half as much time as he could have.

“I’m not necessarily looking to beat any records,” Matt Laris told when asked about individual goals for his senior season. “I’m just looking to play my best and do what I can for the team. All I care about is another championship.”

“You’re talking about the leading receiver almost in the country,” Eastside Catholic Head Coach Jeremy Thielbahr added when asked about Laris. “Just extreme production. Extremely fast, 6-foot-3 frame, explosive, dynamic with the ball in his hands, and in my opinion stepped into a huge leadership role for us. I’m really excited to see what the next step in his evolution is. I think he’s going to have some great production again for us.

“He’s got a Cal offer, he’s got a Boise (State) offer - he’s got several offers in the Pac-12. I’m excited to see where he ends up. The reality is, he’s going to have great production and be a great player for us. We have a great quarterback in Harley Kirsch and with him being there and what he does for us, it’s great.”

Air Force, Montana State, Eastern Washington, Wyoming, and Penn are the other schools to have offered Laris, and he recently went down to California and Stanford to see more. “I’m excited to go check (Cal) out,” Laris said. “I talked to coach (Jacob) Peeler down there, we have a pretty good connection. Talked a few times and he ended up offering me.

“I’m not necessarily going down there to make a commitment, but I want to go see it. I know I have a good connection with the coaches. I just want to see if I have a good fit with the place and talk to a couple players and see if they like it.”

With a 3.6 GPA, Laris is also on track to get through Stanford admissions if they offer.

Laris said the hometown Washington Huskies have been keeping tabs on his progress. Even though Laris was born in the area, raised locally and followed the Huskies his whole life, he remains open to all opportunities.

“I’ve been keeping in touch with U-Dub,” said Laris. “We talk a lot. I’d like to say it’s getting pretty serious, but I don’t know how far along we are. They are telling me it’s a long process and I know it’s a long process, so we’ll see how that turns out.”

With his size and production, Laris could get tagged with the ‘possession receiver’ label down the road, but he feels like he can do more. “I can play anywhere,” he said. “I think I’m big enough to be an inside receiver or outside receiver. I can go either way.”

Thielbahr agrees, mainly because of Laris’ speed. “He’s not a 4.8 kid,” Thielbahr said of Laris. “We’re talking about a kid who is a legitimate 4.5, who can go up and get it. He’s great in space. I think he’s more dynamic than just a possession guy. He went against the number-one corner in the country last year and had a 90-yard reception. When you go up against a guy like that from Florida and you’re able to have that kind of production, I think he can play at the highest levels.”

As with everything else surrounding his recruiting process, Laris isn’t shutting down any option at this point, including a quick commitment. “I’m open to making a decision before the season starts,” he said. “It depends on how it goes. If I really love a school, obviously I’ll make a decision.” Top Stories