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Recruit Spotlight: QB Matt Norton, Loyola Prep High School, Class of 2013

By Taylor Roussel

January 10, 2013


LAFM: How did this season go for you and your team?

Our season did not go as well as my teammates and I were hoping or expecting.  We started the season well, winning our first three games by a combined score of 141-46.  As we played some of the top teams in the state and lost key players to injuries and academic ineligibility, we lost our next four game.  We entered district play ready to put our losing streak behind us and win our second district championship in three years.  Unfortunately, our personnel losses turned out to be too much for us to overcome, and we lost the last three games to finish 3-7.  We played our hearts out every game, but untimely mistakes proved to be our downfall as we went winless in district play.

Matt Norton
Matt Norton

Individually, I had a pretty good season and earned All-District honors for the second consecutive year.  I completed 125 of 225 passes for 1,837 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed for 425 yards and a career-high 7 touchdowns. I finished my high school career as my school’s all-time record holder for pass attempts (768), completions (422), completion percentage (54.9%), passing yards (5,694), passing touchdowns (59), rushing yards by a QB (1,349), total offensive yards (7,043), total touchdowns accounted for (72), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (15), and longest touchdown run by a QB (71 yards).  I also finished third in school history in QB efficiency rating (133.7) and lowest interception percentage (.044).


LAFM: What was your best game this season, and why?

My best game this season was our week two win against Logansport.  It was a complete team effort, as we were efficient on offense and solid on defense, and we won 51-19.  I threw for over 300 yards and a career-best 5 touchdowns, and also ran for a score.


LAFM: Current height and weight?

5′ 10″, 185


LAFM: 40-yard dash time?

4.53 seconds


LAFM: Who is your football idol and why?

Drew Brees.  What he has done in New Orleans to help take the franchise to new heights is simply remarkable.  I try to emulate every aspect of his game; from his control of the offense to his footwork to the way he manipulates defenses with his eyes.  Another player I respect a lot is Tim Tebow.  As a dual-threat quarterback I try to make my game a combination of their respective styles of play, as Brees is known for being an efficient passer and Tebow a dangerous runner.  I respect Tebow particularly for his faith and actions off the field.  Brees is a strong Christian and does many admirable things off the field, but Tebow especially uses his quarterback status as a platform to proclaim Christ.  This is something that I strive to do as well.


LAFM: How old were you when you started playing and where?

I started playing football in 7th grade when I was 12 years old.  At the time I attended Calvary Baptist Academy.


LAFM: If football doesn’t work out, what do you see yourself doing? Have you thought of a major?

I may go into some type of ministry, or I may want to be a coach or teacher, or I may end up being some type of doctor or businessman.  I particularly like studying foreign languages, and I may major in one, whether it is an ancient language or a modern one.


LAFM: What positions are you being recruited for? Which is your favorite position, why?

I am being recruited first and foremost as a quarterback, but the coaches I have spoken with have said they may move me to another position such as receiver or running back if I do not get to play quarterback immediately.  I would like to play quarterback, but I am open to a position change if it gets me on the field sooner and is best for the team.


LAFM: What schools are recruiting you, and do you have any favorites yet?

Centre College (Danville, KY), Hendrix College (Conway, AR), and Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) have been my main recruiters.  I like Wheaton a lot and will probably go to school there and play for the Thunder.


LAFM: Current GPA and ACT score?

4.31 GPA and a  32 ACT score

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