When the team you lead as the quarterback has won more than 100 games in a row, it has to be hard to be humble. But that’s exactly the case with Concord (Calif.) De La Salle signal caller Matt Gutierrez.
“We’re doing pretty good so far this season,” a matter-of-fact Gutierrez said. “We’re 2-0 with wins of Buchanan of Clovis and over Mater Dei. We’ve got St. Francis of Mountain View coming up this week and then there’s a real big one set for October 6 with (Long Beach) Poly.”
Gutierrez, who is ranked the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals100, passed for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore and more than 1,700 yards as junior. But this season he really hasn’t thrown the ball all that much.
“I don’t know my exact stats. But I’d guess we haven’t thrown more than 25 times total through both games.”
While his team focuses on the running game, Gutierrez has no complaints. He says he just wants to keep on winning.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander has his choice of colleges. The five he has narrowed it down to are Oregon, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and Florida.
The ones he talked most about in the interview were Oregon and Tennessee.
“I like how Tennessee uses their quarterbacks. When Peyton Manning was there, they had a great passing offense. When Tee Martin was the guy, they really concentrated on running the ball. With them, it’s all about winning. They just mold the offense after the quarterbacks skills.”
He also gave the Ducks their due.
“Oregon just has an awesome passing offense,” he said. “They really throw the ball and move the ball well. Plus, my best friend Demetrius Williams is a freshman up there now. So they have a lot of things going for them.”
Gutierrez says he was originally slated to visit the Ducks on Sept. 14, but because of the national tragedy, that visit was postponed.
Gutierrez says he is hoping to take at least a couple of official visits during his football season.
“With quarterbacks, it’s important to make a decision as early as you can. Coaches want to know sooner, so they don’t lose out on another quarterback that they like. And, you can also help your team recruit more if you’re committed.”