Pausing for Palo Alto

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 12, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"My official visit to Stanford was December 8," said Illinois defensive end Matt Conrath. "I went with about 10 other recruits and it seemed that Matt Masifilo (four-star, No. 23 ranked defensive tackle) and myself, were the only ones not committed. No pressure though. I know Stanford's football program isn't what it used to be, but the new Athletic Director (Bob Bowlsby) is on the job..."

Two-star defensive end Matt Conrath (6-7.5, 245, 5.3), from St. Rita of Chicago (Ill.) continues to deny a leader, but now favors Stanford, Miami (Oh), Virginia and Illinois. All have offered except Illinois.

"I took my official visit to Virginia on December 1," Conrath said. "The Cavaliers have the best mix between academic programs and their football program. That’s the main reason I am considering Virginia. All four schools have great academic programs and a great football program. I'm just thinking that Virginia comes the closest to having a balance of both.

"I speak to Coach Steve Bernstein (defensive backs) a couple times a week. He calls to touch base and to see how I am doing. I developed a strong relationship with him and feel very comfortable in speaking with him. The number one thing that I will be evaluating with all the schools, is how I get along with the coaching staff and do I feel comfortable with the players.

"I took a mid-week official visit to Miami (Oh) on December 5," he said. "Coach Jay Hood (defensive line) is very excited about having me as a prospect. He wanted to get me to visit the Redhawks before January. He just felt that I shouldn't wait so long. That’s why I took a mid-week visit. I know Miami (Oh) may be small, but I could have the opportunity to play earlier with them. I'm taking that into consideration. I also have a great relationship with Coach Hood. We can talk about anything.

"My official visit to Stanford was December 8. I went with about 10 other recruits and it seemed that Matt Masifilo (four-star No. 23 ranked defensive tackle) and myself, were the only ones not committed. No pressure though. I know Stanford's football program isn't what it used to be, but the new Athletic Director (Bob Bowlsby) is on the job. He's urgently looking for a new head coach. He spoke with us at length of the situation. He was up front and honest. I really valued that.

"Once the Cardinal gets a head coach, all of the recruits will have an opportunity to speak with the coach," Conrath said. "Once that takes place then I'll be able to make a decision. I'm not making a decision about Stanford or any other school until I find out who the head coach will be and until I have an opportunity to speak with him. Everyone knows that Stanford has great academic programs. It's one of the reasons they're a favorite of mine. I just can't commit to anyone without knowing who Stanford's head coach will be.

"Illinois is a favorite because they are close to home and they have an up-and-coming program. They haven't made an offer because all their offers are already out. Coach Tom Sims (defensive line) said that if an offer falls out, I'll be first in line to receive it. I haven't taken an official visit to Illinois. Should they offer--I will take one.

"I've only taken three official visits," he said. "Everything is up in the air. Every time I visited a school I thought it was the school for me. I've taken three official visits back to back. Now that I am home I'll be sorting through all the information and waiting to see whom Stanford chooses as a head coach. I'm in no hurry to make a decision. I'm going to take my time talking it over with my parents. They don't have a favorite either at this point, but are on the same page with me since they also went to all three of my official visits.

"Miami (Oh) was recruiting me the hardest. But, now all of my schools are recruiting me pretty hard. The closer it gets to signing the more they work at keeping in touch.

"I'll probably make some sort of decision after the holidays," Conrath said. "I'll discuss it with my parent's first then call the school's coach. There will be no press conference or media involved."

Final senior stats (13-1): 118 tackles/16 sacks/5 deflected passes.

Conrath reports that a 245 bench/375 squat and 27" vertical jump.

Conrath reports a 4.3 core GPA and a 29 ACT.


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