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
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
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
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,
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.
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