As the days tick by, we are ever closer to the start of another sportsball season of the American Foot variety. There are 67 of them left. The next man up does not have an official number yet, so we'll talk about -- Matt Locher
#67, Matt Locher, Freshman, DL
Height: 6' 3"
High School: Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, Calif
How'd he get to the Blue™?
A three-star rated recruit for Scout and Rivals, Locher did work while in high school. Accolades included: no. 47 nationally, 10 on the west cost and the no. 6 middle linebacker in California. What honors came with those high rankings? Orange County Register Defensive Player of the Year; All-CIF Southern Section Team; Sunset League co-MVP and All-Sunset League First Team; Max-Preps All-state first team. Which makes sense when you record 155 tackles, seven sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. He wasn't just a freak athlete, but excelled in the classroom as well with Harvard, and Yale offers.
Why? Watch his tape.
Apparently Jake Broyles wanted another crack on the defensive side of the ball. Well-played Jake. Well-played.
See above for his career highlights as that is what he has "so far". This kid is going to have plenty in a Broncos uniform.
Oh man. What can I say about this kid and his possibility? Well, if you did not watch his tape, as I suggested in his nickname, go back and watch it. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Watched it? Good.
He garnered all his stats while playing middle linebacker. He is slated to go defensive tackle for the Broncos. Which kind of makes me sad in a couple of ways. One: if you watched his tape, then you saw his anticipation. Seemed like every other clip is him a good full step ahead of the snap to punish the ball carrier. I would have loved to see that anticipation and punishing style for the Broncos. Two: his aggression, to which I have two words: Loved. It. His was not a reckless style where he was out of control and whiffed, but smart with good angles and kept his head on a swivel. That mix of smarts and fearlessness would have been great to see under the tutelage of Vallejo and Martarano. Just being able to see him move in space with the chance to "get after it" is awesome. But I suppose we have to "settle" for him learning behind some pretty stud defensive tackles. Talk about first world problem.
I know highlight reels are hand-picked to make the kid look "better" than he actually is. But you know what happens when you have 155 tackles in a season? You get a reel that is over ten minutes. Think about that. The editor most likely had to pare down hours of game film to just the ten minutes we get to watch. Think about the plays that were NOT included. I would probably wager that the average highlight reel is about four to five minutes. Locher had over ten! And that was just his Senior season. He has Sophomore and Junior seasons available. And his clips weren't even all defense. Have a goal-line situation where you need a couple yards and a touchdown? Give it to this kid, and a full head of steam, and the opposing defense better watch out. I hope this kid sits a season. While I would love to see him in action, giving him the opportunity to develop some, maybe put on some weight if he really does go tackle, will only have this kid turn into something special.
Is he on Twitter?
Sure is. You did good kid. Real good.
Announcing my decision to switch my committment to Boise State! Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far pic.twitter.com/WCDdEaQqRU— Matt Locher (@MattLocher42) February 1, 2015
Completely made up fact
Locher once saved a kitten from a tree by going full "linebacker" on the helpless tree and knocking the kitten loose. He then caught the kitten with deft hands. Locher was offered the key to the city of Los Alamitos, but turned it down because he did not want to make anyone any MORE jealous.