Player Spotlight: Matt Wabby

<STRONG>Interview with Crespi QB Matt Wabby</STRONG>

Our next interview comes from Crespi (Encino) HS quarterback Matt Wabby. Matt helped guide Crespi to an 11-3 record and a CIF Division X Championship. With his size and grades look from Matt to catch the attention of recruiters from schools with a strong academic background.

 

PrepCA.com: What were your stats from last year?
Matt Wabby:
My stats from last year were 198 attempts with 98 completions, a 49% completion rate, for 1781 yards.  I ran for 8 and passed for 11 TDs.  I averaged over 4 yards per carry including taking a knee and sacks.

PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?
Matt:
I am 6 foot 2 1/2 inches and weigh 215 lbs.

PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Matt:
Winning the CIF Division X Championship and the Division 3 State Championship last year.

PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Matt:
Win another CIF Championship, break the school single season and career passing records, improve my speed, agility and accuracy to prepare for college.

PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season?  Will you attend any camps this summer?
Matt:
I work on a weekly basis with Coach Steve Clarkson at the Air 7 Camp and also with Erik Kramer.  I am lifting and working with a speed and agility trainer. I am attending the Ohio State and Boston College camps and possibly Colorado State.

PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve?  What area would you like to keep improving on?
Matt:
I have really worked hard on my footwork, speed and agility.  I really noticed a big difference between my sophomore and junior years and hope to make even a bigger improvement this coming year. Footwork, speed, agility, my ability to read defenses and make the proper reads are aspects of my game that I want to continue to improve on.

PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Matt:
There are 4 of my teammates that I think will make a big impact this year. Sione Fua, 6'4" 300 lbs, he already has won every award possible and has offers from Boston College, Arizona and UCLA. Chris Aragon will be an outstanding linebacker.  He is the hardest working player I know and hits like a tank.  He is relentless in pursuit.  Josh Morgan, our running back for next year will definitely open eyes.  He has a terrific combination of speed and power.  He runs with the style of Barry Sanders. D.J Holt is already a D1 player as a sophomore.  He is big, strong, fast, a tremendous hitter and, has great hands.  He will be a big target for me next year.

PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Matt:
It is really hard to single one out but Sione Fua is probably the most dominant lineman I have ever seen.  He plays three sports and maintains a 4.2 GPA at Crespi.  He is a great friend and leader.  He is always the first to help me up after I have been tackled.  He will be a star at the college level and in life.

PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Matt:
I want to prove to everyone that I can play successfully in Division 1.

PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you?

Matt: I am receiving interest from Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Yale and Penn in the Ivy League.  I have received requests for film from Oregon, Oregon St., Wyoming, Nevada, Duke, and Colorado St.  I have not received any early offers yet.

PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Matt:
Yes, absolutely.

PrepCA: What school have you always wanted to go to growing up?
Matt:
USC and Stanford.

PrepCA: Currently, what would your top 5 college choices be?
Matt:
My wish list would be Stanford or USC.  I would also love to attend Harvard, Boston College or UCLA.

PrepCA: What other sports do you play?
Matt:
I am a starting pitcher on our varsity baseball team and was a member of the varsity basketball team last season.

PrepCA: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40?
Matt:
My best lifts so far are, bench 240 lbs, squat 315, clean 215 and my 40 time is 4.9.

PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Matt:
I think my coach would describe me as a hard worker off the field and intelligent and fearless on the field.  He has said to me many times that when I am in the game, it is like having a coach on the field.

PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Matt:
If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail and in order to succeed, you cannot be afraid to fail.

PrepCA: Tell us what we can expect from your team this season?
Matt:
I believe that we will be a strong defensive team again, like Crespi teams always are.  We averaged 35 points per game last year and I believe that number will increase because we have another year of running our spread offense under our belts. Our well balanced offense will be difficult to stop.  I believe that we will a win the Del Rey League for a third consecutive year and contend for the CIF Championship.

PrepCA: What can a college program expect from you as a player?
Matt:
They could be assured that I will continue to work hard to continue to improve.   I will attempt to lead my team and represent my program with character and dignity and always give everything I have for my team.

 

The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Matt for his time and wish him luck in his search for a 2nd CIF Championship. Anyone wishing to contact Matt may email jason@24-7football.com

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