'08 Unwrapped: Matt Meyer

Offensive tackle Matt Meyer

Stanford put its foot in the door at Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln High School last year by recruiting current freshman quarterback Nicolas Ruhl. He could be joined by two teammates in two years, including a mammoth offensive tackle in 6'8" Matt Meyer. The Cardinal extended an early offer to the supersized standout, who will be one of the top linemen in the 2008 class. Here is his story.

Big is beautiful.  In the case of Stanford offensive lineman recruiting, at least.

The Cardinal staff has been aggressive in bringing in mammoth offensive linemen in the class of 2007, landing commitments from George Halamandaris and Tyler Mabry, both 6'7".

So it's no surprise that the Stanford coaches are going after more size in their pursuit of the class of 2008.

One standout prospect the Cardinal have targeted in that class, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln High School offensive tackle Matt Meyer, makes Halamandaris and Mabry pale in comparison.

Standing 6'8" and 285 pounds, Meyer is potentially the top offensive linemen in Northern California in the class of 2008, and Stanford wasted no time in offering him.

"They did offer me, and it's one of my higher thought-of schools," Meyer says.  "They're probably at the top of my list."

But Stanford isn't the only one who is looking at the Lincoln lad.  In fact, tomorrow will have Meyer and his teammate Dewitt Stuckey, an elite linebacker in the junior class, attending the UCLA-USC game at the Rose Bowl.

"I've been hearing from UCLA, and I'm going to the game.  Michigan, USC, Nebraska, Duke, Washington and Washington State all have been interested.  I've received mail from Notre Dame - nothing to the extent of like four letters a week, but I kind of grew up a Notre Dame fan.  My grandpa played for them.  But Stanford was the local school I rooted for," Meyer explains.

The Cardinal had Meyer in for their camp this summer, and after a strong performance, Meyer ended up netting an early offer from them.

"They didn't offer me right at the camp, but after the camp.  I'm guessing it was because of how I did because afterward they told me they had a scholarship available," Meyer reports, who also attended USC's Lineman Camp during the 2006 summer.

An excellent student, Meyer is carrying a 4.0 GPA (3.7 unweighted) and is taking AP and honors classes during his junior year.  He's planning to take the SAT in the early winter.

Which is making Stanford such an attractive option.

"Of course I want to go to the NFL, but I do understand that not a lot of people go there," Meyer admits.  "So I want to have the best degree I can.  I've highly considered committing early, and I do understand that scholarships fill up.  I'm just keeping my options open.  They [Stanford staff] have been really good with my decision, saying 'no rush.'"

Meyer has gotten to know Stanford recruiting coordinator Nate Nelson through the process, speaking with him at games.

"Coach Nelson is the only one I've really talked to," Meyer says. "I met Coach [Walt] Harris at the camp and have talked with Coach [Doug] Sams and Coach [Tom] Freeman, too.  I've been to four Stanford games this year."

With his frame, Meyer believes that offensive tackle will be his destination in college.

"I'm probably going to go for tackle, just because I'm so tall," the Stockton standout says.  "I want to put on as much weight as I can without being fat.  Probably around 300, with a low percentage of body fat."

Meyer says that Stanford and USC are the only two schools he's visited unofficially, though that number will grow to three this weekend when he visits UCLA while in town for the game.  He also wants to unofficially visit Cal at some point.

An invitee to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio next month, Meyer says that he plans on attending.

"I want to check out the Army Combine and see what I can do there.  I'm hoping to go back to the USC Camp, then go to the UCLA camp - I really want to go to that.  And of course the Stanford camp again," Meyer lists.

Matt Meyer was a figuratively and literally a big part of the Lincoln offense this fall, typically being the blocker that senior running back Curtis Shaw, ranked #40 in the nation by Scout.com, followed en route to a 1,733-yard rushing season with 26 touchdowns.  Next season, Meyer and Stuckey (100-plus tackles in 2006) will be the anchors of Lincoln's team.  And there is talk that the two Trojans could continue together for 4-5 years after that.

"He's also heavily recruited by Stanford and we always joke about playing together," Meyer says of Stuckey.  "But we can't base our decision on college on that.  We have to do what is best for both of us."


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