Player Spotlight: Matt Brady

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Our next interview comes from Rincon offensive tackle Matt Brady. Last season Matt earned 2nd team all region and looks to be one of the few offensive linemen in AZ with the prototypical D1 size. At 6'5 290 pounds with nearly a 4.0 GPA, look for Matt to get some looks from recruiters.

 

24-7: What is your official height and weight?
Matt: I am 6'5" and weigh 295.


24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
Matt: I think it would have to be scoring 14 points in four minutes to win in the fourth quarter.  Even though I didn't cause the turnover to get the ball back for the offense, I made one of seven critical tackles during each play of the winning drive, and then went out and played defensive tackle to stop our opponent on their final chance to regain the lead.


24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Matt: My number one goal for the season is that our team forms an inseparable camaraderie early in the summer and that it shows in our play and work ethic.  I want everyone on the team to understand the concept of team and help it in his own ways.


24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

Matt: I am preparing for the season by working hard in school to make sure I'm eligible. Even though I play with Rincon, I get educated at University High School, which is a college preparatory school and my schedule is rigorous. Once summer hits I will be living in the weight room and on the practice field with my teammates getting rep after rep to make each play as perfect as possible for the first game.   I am definitely planning on going to the U of A and the NAU camps this summer and if money permits I would love to go to a third camp.

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Matt: I have tried to work as hard as possible on staying low every play, and selling the play-action pass.  It has been hard for the entire offensive line because we all started playing competitive football as freshman and have had to develop those skills very quickly.  I would really like to keep improving every aspect of my game, and see the entire line commit to protecting the quarterback so the air game becomes an additional threat on top of what was a pretty good run game from last year.


24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Matt: I think that every one of my teammates brings something unique to the table.  Some guys are really quick and getting quicker like Memo Duarte, Francis Ravenell, and Mario Flores; while others have unadulterated determination to succeed like, Dominic Martinez, Richard Sanchez, and Spencer Murray.  While others, like Alex Solot, Angel Montijo, and Carlos Delarosa, just enjoy hitting.  So I think that we have to be prepared for as a whole team and not just as one play or one player.


24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Matt: I respect Alex Solot because of the accelerated pace of his improvement.  He really is a testament as to how valuable lifting and training correctly are.


24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Matt: I want to play college football and succeed at that level.


24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Matt: Some teams have shown interest in me and the ones I enjoy reading from are, Northwestern, Brown, Harvard, Arizona State University, Princeton and Stanford.  All of them are great institutions for education and football, but they haven't formally offered anything as of yet.

  
24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Matt: I would love to play football in Arizona.  Running wind sprints in 100-degree weather is a great gauntlet for mental toughness.  Home state support is another plus as well.  

 

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?
Matt: Well I think that the greatest median between academics, athletics, and schools that I would enjoy going to would be (in alphabetical order): Arizona State University, Brown, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Arizona

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Matt: This is a tough question because I went up against a very good defensive line every day in Aaron Pesquera, Marco Noriega, and Angel Montijo.  But the biggest challenge I faced last year was a combination of power and speed in Daniel Borg.  We were only heads up for a few plays, but I gained a new respect for him afterwards.


24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Matt: Again, I would have to say Daniel Borg.  He seems to be a great combination of intelligence and athleticism, which I respect quite a bit.


24-7: What other sports do you play?
Matt: I play varsity baseball at Rincon, but will play a pickup game of basketball or soccer anytime.


24-7: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40?
Matt: My maxes are as follows: bench- 235, squat- 445, power clean- 240, and the dash- 5.3.


24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Matt: I would hope my coaches would call me a hard worker, a leader, and a competitor.  I think those qualities were ones that I exhibited last year during the season, and so far, this off-season.


24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Matt: My favorite athlete is Mohammed Ali because he was confidence incarnate.  He would talk smack and back it up.  Much easier said than done.


24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Matt: "Next play."  That was sort of a mantra for me last year because for a while over the summer I struggled to master the concepts of certain plays and leadership duties.  I was a consummate perfectionist last summer, and that phrase helped ease the strain I put on myself.


24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
Matt: I think you can expect the Rangers to never say die.  The senior class has played on undermanned squads since we were freshman, so I really don't think we will ever roll over.  I think the best goal we could really set is 100 percent eligibility through the entire season.  I think it would be a shame if some of the more talented athletes couldn't showcase their talents because of an F.


24-7: What position do you think you will play in college?
Matt: I truly enjoy special teams because they are a difference maker so my personal goal is to play at least long snapper, but I will work as hard as I can to play tackle at the collegiate level.


24-7: What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Matt: I think any coach could expect determination from me.  They can expect me to never be an academic burden, and to be someone who is willing to practice after practice to constantly improve.

 

The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Matt for his time and also thank Rincon Head Coach Matt Johnson for helping set up this interview. Anyone wishing to contact Matt Brady may email jason@24-7football.com.


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