Matthew McCann| Riverside High School | OL | 2021
Twitter: @matthewmccann75 | Instagram: @matthewmccann75
Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far.
A: I started my sophomore year at left tackle and finished as first team all district and all region. I made the transition to right guard for my junior year and was first team all district and first team all region. My recruiting process started slow but has picked up heavily since my junior season and I can’t wait to continue to prove myself at combines like these and during my senior season
Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far?
A: I received my first offer on March 26th from West Liberty, I also have offers from Kentucky Wesleyan, Valparaiso, and Marist.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment so far would have to be beating our rival school Loudoun County High School for the first time this past season on a last play touchdown to win the game. It made it even more enjoyable having the game be on my birthday and beating them on their own field after getting knocked out by them in the playoffs the previous year.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?
A: I think the most important thing I have learned is that no one’s spot on the team is given and no matter if you’re a freshman or senior every spot is always up for grabs, and it is on myself as a player to continue to outwork everyone else everyday to earn my spot.
Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?
A: I have learned that nothing is given. You could lose your camp season, junior day visits, and senior year very quickly. During quarantine, I focused mostly on getting bigger and stronger every day by lifting in my garage. I was lucky enough to have a squat rack and dumbbells so I took advantage of that during quarantine and tried to get the strongest and most explosive I could be so when any opportunity comes I can show out.
Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I do not have a set major or plan for after college, but I have thought about majoring in business and marketing and after my playing days are over I will use my degree to get a job I like and I also plan on coaching at some point in my future.
Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would say that I am a selfless player that brings the highest intensity to practice and gameday and will always play every snap ready to put the person in front of me on their back.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?
A: One of my most memorable plays would have to have been against briar woods on our homecoming game this last year on a wide receiver tunnel screen. I got off the line and sprinted to the next level and made a block on one of the best safeties in our area so that my receiver could take the ball fifty yards to the endzone.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has always been my height. I constantly hear that I am not tall enough to play D1 football. I use those comments as fuel to the fire to go out on the field and dominate just as much as a six foot five inch five star recruit. I let my film talk for me not my measurables.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Quenton Nelson. I believe just like him that playing football is about having fun and enjoying the game with your teammates, but at the same time winning is always the main goal and when it’s time to get serious it’s time to get serious and go win the game.
Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength would have to be my footwork and explosiveness. I believe my footwork on my pass blocking and run blocking are just as good as anyone else in the country and with that good footwork I am explosive at the same time. On top of that I believe scouts and coaches should consider me also for my knowledge of the game as I know what everyone else on the field is doing around me on that same play and not just what I have to do myself.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am a founding member of a community service chapter in a community service group called Lion’s Heart that my teammates and I participate in. Up until COVID-19 hit we were actively volunteering the community.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?
A: I have been preparing for the combine by getting stronger and faster every day and practicing the drills that I will have to perform. My goals are to do the best I can in every drill, outwork everyone else, bring the most intensity and show why coaches should consider me.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be getting a full scholarship to a high academic school that I feel welcomed at and can call home for the next four years
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports?
A: I do not play any other high school sports but I enjoy spending time with my teammates and friends outside of football and playing pickup basketball.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life would have to be my dad because he played football at the next level and he pushes me more than any other coach or teammate to be the best person and athlete I can be.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I have lived in about 10 different houses in my life. I have spent my childhood moving back and forth from Connecticut and Virginia. I even played my freshman season in Connecticut.
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