Cal's senior kicker discusses his final spring ball with the Bears
The nation's No. 2-ranked kicker according to Scout and a unanimous three-star recruit, which is the highest ranking available for a kicker ... an All-American who played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
POSTSEASON BOWL GAMES 2012: Cal State Game (did not play due to injury), U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl (2-2 PAT)
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCHOOL HONORS 2012: All-American (Semper Fidelis), All-West Region (PrepStar), First-Team All-Metro (San Francisco Chronicle), First-Team All-East Bay Athletic League, Cream of the Crop - No. 5 ranking (Contra Costa Times), Outstanding Special Teams Award, Preseason Top Five West Specialist (Scout)
INDIVIDUAL HIGH SCHOOL STATS/NOTES (RANKINGS) CAREER (2011-12): 125 points ... 15 FG ... 80 PAT, 50 LG ... 44 KO, 38 TB, 3143 kickoff yards 2012: 53 points ... 8 FG ... 29 PAT ... 50 LG ... 44 KO, 38 TB, 3143 kickoff yards ... one tackle 2011: 72 points (No. 8 EBAL, No. 9 North Coast Section) ... 7 FG ... 51 PAT ... 45 LG
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS CAREER (2011-12): CIF North Coast Section finalists ... Co-East Bay Athletic League champions ... 16-10 Overall, 10-3 East Bay Athletic League 2012: Co-East Bay Athletic League champions ... 6-6 Overall, 5-1 East Bay Athletic League 2011: CIF North Coast Section finalists ... 10-4 Overall, 5-2 East Bay Athletic League
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING Chris Sailer: Matt is an outstanding kicker. He has a strong leg and shows nice technique and consistency. Gets great height on his ball. Field goals are excellent. Kickoffs are solid and continue to improve. Matt is a great athlete with a bright future. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Great prospect.
ESPN: Matt is a very coordinated athlete who has proven himself multiple times. He is a good ball striker on field goals. His ball comes out clean and gets good height as it leaves his foot ... Matt seems to have the ability to focus and stay calm in pressure situations. He will be expected to compete early in college and seems to have the maturity to be able to handle the competition.
Invited to prestigious Chris Sailer "Top 12" camp based on his performance at the 2012 National Kicking Camp when he was named the kicking champion for winning the last man standing competition with a 62-yard field goal and also won the head-to-head brackets competition
High school teammate of Cal quarterback Zach Kline
Also an All-American and first-team All-East Bay Athletic League selection in swimming, as well as a prep soccer player
A four-year North Coast Section Scholar Athlete
Graduated from high school with highest honors (4.30 GPA)
2012 Hugh O'Brien Community Service Award
Member and officer in three campus clubs (California Scholarship Federation, Interact, National Honor Society)
Member of the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation for Television and Radio Artists
Played at the same high school as current Golden Bears quarterback Zach Kline, wide receiver Patrick Worstell and long snapper John Sheperdson, as well fellow 2013 recruiting class member Kyle Kragen