We are slowly but surely closing in on the halfway point in the countdown. I'm relieved and saddened at the same time. On the list today is #54, Matt Locher.
#54, Matt Locher, RS Freshman, DL
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 268lbs (+18)
High School: Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, Calif
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Like many of our recruits, he came to us by way of the Cali pipeline. We have a lot of pipelines, don't we? At least I seem to think we do. He passed on offers from the likes of Yale, Harvard, Fresno State, Air Force and Navy to be a Bronco.
While he doesn't deactivate bombs, but he certainly blows up opposing teams offensive lines.
A three-star rated recruit listed as the number 47 nationally, 10 on the west cost and the number 6 at MLB in California on Scout. He was also the Orange County Register Defensive Player of the Year, All-CIF Southern Section Team, Sunset League co-MVP, All-Sunset League First Team and Max-Preps All-state first team. WOW. He recorded 155 tackles, seven sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery his final season at LAHS. He also excelled in the classroom, garnering offers from both Yale and Harvard.
With the mass-exodus of the seniors last year, there is a wealth of opportunity for Matt to make a name for himself. There are only 7 players on the interior line, including Matt, that have been with the program a year or more. Auelua, Weaver, Hatada and Watson will all have opportunities as well, but having had a year to learn the defense and understand the pace of the college game, Matt has the upper hand. With Hoyte and Moa being the only other players with real experience on the line, and real experience might be a stretch for Moa since he didn't play much with our depth, Locher could step right in.
Moa had a lot of love coming out of spring camp, but that guarantees nothing. Not to mention they will want to be 3 deep on the interior to compensate for injuries and to keep everyone fresh.
Pretty much everyone is in a great place as far as playing time on the D-line goes. Whoever wants it the most will be the ones playing come game day.
Is he on Twitter?
He is...sort of. His handle is the same as last year, but he hasn't posted since then.
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
Matt grew up playing tee ball, but his parents knew he was destined to play football as his favorite thing to do was run the catcher over running into home. They had to transition him out of tee ball when he starting taking out outfielders and base coaches.