Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 2, 2014

Buffalo gets another Gladiator

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City St. Francis to Buffalo pipeline delivered a second time.

Matt Seybert became the latest Gladiator to join the Buffalo football program in the last two years when he committed to the school last weekend, a commitment that came nearly a year to the day after former teammate Jake Khoury committed to the Bulls.

Seybert made the news official after attending a camp in Buffalo last week.

"When I was there it felt like home," said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound rising senior tight end/defensive end. "There was something about it. I really connected with the coaches and I just loved the school overall, and I could see myself being a Bull. It felt like home, which was the biggest thing."

Buffalo was one of two offers Seybert had received in the past two months, with Eastern Michigan being the other school. But Seybert had been receiving plenty of other interest from a variety of Division 1 schools. He attended spring games at Syracuse and Iowa, and attended camps at Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Syracuse and Central Michigan in the past few weeks. While Seybert was anticipating he'd be getting more offers in the coming months, he elected to make his college choice official and put his focus solely on the upcoming season.

"I could've had more (offers)," he said. "Out of those schools that I went to for camp, I just really felt a connection with Buffalo.

"(The camps) were great. There was a lot of traveling, but it was fun getting to see different parts of the country and getting to experience that."

Surprisingly, Seybert said Khoury playing at Buffalo, where Khoury will be starting his freshman season this fall, was not a factor in his decision.

"I'd say it's a cool coincidence," said Seybert. "I think it's cool that we'll be playing together. We've been playing together since Pop Warner, when we were little kids. It wasn't really a factor in my decision. It's cool to know I'll have someone there who I've known my whole life.

"We talked right away. He told me congratulations. He's excited."

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