February 20, 2011

Matt one to watch in 2012

Central Michigan began their 2012 scouting a few months ago, and one name sure to come up in the future is Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt linebacker/fullback Hunter Matt. The 6-foot-1 and 205 pound Matt led the Bears to one of their most impressive seasons in school history as a junior, although it didn't end the way he envisioned.

"Personally, I thought I played pretty good all year. As a team, we were the first team to go undefeated (9-0) in school history, but we lost in the second round to Temperance Bedford, so it was kind of a tough to end it" said Matt.

During that remarkable junior season, Wyandotte posted six shutouts and only one team scored more than 7 points. A big reason for that was the play of Matt. At linebacker he posted 81 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery, but he was also effective on offense, rushing for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns. With an impressive junior season behind him now, schools have began to take notice and he has put his name among the state's top linebackers for the 2012 class.

"I don't have any offers right now, but I'm going to Eastern Michigan this weekend and I was going to go to Central Michigan on Sunday, but I can't make it now because I'm going to a camp that day at Michigan. I'm also hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Toledo, Penn State and Northwestern."

Matt has already visited Toledo, and will have visited EMU after this weekend. He plans on visiting CMU, UM and MSU here in the next few months, as well as possible camping at those schools.

"Yeah, as far as camps I plan on attending most of the one's in the Big Ten, CMU, Toledo, and I might be going to LSU's camp as well, I haven't decided yet" added Matt. "So far I like the Big Ten schools of course, and then Toledo and CMU."

And the Chippewas have shown plenty of interest in Matt lately.

"I like Central, it's a good school," said Matt. "Coach (Dan) Enos called my head coach about three times this past week and I can tell they are really interested. I'm excited to get up there and see what the program is like."

And if schools are looking for a linebacker, they have to like the mentality he shows. Besides being a tackling machine, Matt plays hard, hustles, and makes plays all over the field.

"I like to think I can do it all," added Matt. "I'm tough, and I'm ready to run through a brick wall for my coaches and teammates, whatever I can do to help my team win."

In addition to his play on the field, Matt has already made an impression on the camp circuit, including this review from Josh Helmholdt at the Adidas Maximum Exposure Camp about a month ago.

The defensive side of the football did not possess as much talent as the offense on Saturday, but Wyandotte Roosevelt linebacker Hunter Matt deserves recognition. He drew high praise from the Grand Rapids Community College coaching staff who instructed at the event. Matt looks to have spent a lot of time in the weight room in the last six months and probably is close to 215 pounds now. He showed good range and control in the passing drills.

Matt has burst onto the scene as one of the state's top defensive players for the 2012 class, and his stock should continue to rise in the coming months as he hits the camp/combine circuit. Look for more on Hunter Matt in the coming months.

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