Most football games are won in the trench. That is why it is always a good strategy to always recruit talented trench men on both sides of the football. The State of California is always a good place to look for big guys and the class of 2007 is no different.
One player from the Golden State who is already getting impressive recruiting attention is offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin (6-5, 271, 5.1) from San Francisco (Calif.) St. Ignatius College Prep.
The scouting report on Summers-Gavin is that he has the size and frame that the D-I school covet. He's also very aggressive and physical as he had approximately 100 pancake blocks as a junior. He has an excellent first step and has pretty good technique. He is currently working on staying lower on blocks and the only negative at this time is he plays high, but when he does that it is rare.
Summers-Gavin's performance saw him earn first-team all-league. He was one, of only two underclassmen honored. He also was an all-city selection. He was a participant in the US Army All-American National Combine in San Antonio recently and it was there that he measured 6-foot-4 and half. He also recorded a 4.5 shuttle and had a 26-inch vertical. He has recorded 22 reps of 185 pounds on the bench and a 435-pound squat.
"Matt is tough, physical, strong and quick," St. Ignatius coach Steve Bluford said. "He's our best offensive lineman and is a two-year starter."
"Matt was selected first-team all-league because of his physical play and athleticism," Bluford said. "Plus he's a great kid and a pleasure to coach."
On the recruiting trail Summers-Gavin has received letters of interest from Arizona State, Washington, USC, Nebraska, Louisville, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Ohio State.
His current top five schools are Arizona, Oregon, USC, Washington, and Miami but he is truly open to all schools.
"I am planning on going to the Nike Camp held in Palo Alto," Summers-Gavin said. "I've also been invited to the US Army All-American Bowl regional camp again. I'm not sure of the date but it was in May last year."
"I'm looking at four things when considering a college," Summers said. "First, I'm looking for academics, next I'm looking for a strong football program, student-body and campus life."
Summers-Gavin is a two-year starter at left tackle and carries a 2.85 GPA and scores an 1860 PSAT.