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Matt accomplishes rare feat

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Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt's Hunter Matt is listed as an inside linebacker and holds two scholarships for the defensive side of the football, but on Friday night the 6-2, 217-pound prospect accomplished an impressive feat on the offensive side of the football.
Doubling as a fullback on offense, Matt scored every time he carried the football in a 46-8 win over Trenton. His final stat line read four carries for 140 yards and four touchdowns.
"The holes were there and the receivers were blocking downfield, so I just read the blocks and was gone," Matt said. "I haven't gotten the ball that much this year, so I'm just taking advantage of every time I get it."
Matt certainly has been taking advantage of his opportunities this fall, with six touchdowns on nine carries through three games. Of course, Matt is also making plays on defense and added a fumble recovery to his season stat total on Friday night.
"My season has been pretty good so far," Matt said. "I feel my strength and speed is starting to take over because of all the hard work I was putting in during the off-season."
Entering the fall, Matt held scholarship offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan. He hopes his early season performance will generate even more opportunities.
"I'm going to send out my three-game film coming up this week, so hopefully I will be getting more phone calls," Matt said. "Cincinnati wants to see my offensive tape, Syracuse wants to see my offensive tape and Michigan State wants to see defense for sure."
Both Syracuse and Cincinnati are looking at Matt as an H-back prospect. The rest of the schools primarily see him on defense.
On Saturday morning, Matt was still deciding if he would head down to Ypsilanti to see Eastern Michigan's game. Next week he plans to see the Western Michigan-Central Michigan game in Kalamazoo. His first game visit was to Michigan State for the Spartan's season opener.
"It was a pretty good atmosphere and I talked to Coach [Terry] Samuel before the game," Matt said. "He said he was going to try coming down soon for a game. Hopefully he came down yesterday because I kind of went off."
Matt says he is trying to take advantage of his opportunities, and any coach in attendance Friday night saw the versatile athlete do just that.
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