Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

May 8, 2014

St. Francis tight end Seybert receives first two offers

TRAVERSE CITY — Matt Seybert is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, runs well for his size and has good strength.

It’s those attributes that have made the St. Francis junior tight end/defensive end so attractive to prospective college football programs.

Seybert received his first two scholarship offers in the past week — with more expected as his recruitment has picked up considerably.

“On tape they definitely like the fact that he’s got good size, but he’s a very good pass catcher as a tight end and is physical and blocks very well,” said St. Francis head coach Greg Vaughan. “I think they just see he’s a big, skilled kid that could project as a tight end or possibly go back over on the defensive side of the ball.

“He passes the vision test. You look at him and he’s truly 6-foot-4 and 235 (pounds), and for a big kid he moves very well. They’ve seen that on film and think he could carry a little more weight and still be OK.”

Seybert noticed an increase in interest from big-time schools at the tail end of the winter. With that he was invited to attend the spring games at Syracuse and Iowa last month. His first offers followed more recently — from Buffalo and Eastern Michigan.

“It was extremely exciting,” said Seybert. “We were on the way home from a baseball game Friday night and got the offer from the tight ends coach from Buffalo (Keegan Jones). I’m pumped up because all my hard work is paying off now. It’s exciting because I like the school a lot. Then Eastern came about three days later and I’ve been talking to their coaches a lot. They’re really communicating with me a lot, which I like. I like Eastern’s coaches too because they’re committed to their program. It’s fun. It’s an exciting time.”

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