Lake Braddock TE Matthew Hibner (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
by Jim McGrath, recruit757
Last week, recruitNoVA.com reported on the whirlwind of offers which had been received by Lake Braddock tight end Matthew Hibner over the off season – believed to be 28, all coming this spring. The only aspect of Hibner’s recruiting process that could have worked out quicker than the avalanche of offers was the time it took for the Bruin senior to make up his mind and verbally commit, which he did at the end of a busy weekend, committing to the University of Michigan yesterday afternoon.
The Wolverines offered Hibner last week, and at the time it seemed nothing more than another big name offer for the 6-4, 235-pound rising senior with the 4.3 GPA and 1400 SAT’s. As he joined his teammates last Saturday morning to play in the Falls Church 7-on-7 Passing League, little seemed out of the ordinary for the player or the team, as Lake Braddock advanced to the final four of 24 teams.
However, the tournament would only be the beginning of “Hibby’s” weekend. On Saturday night, Bruin coach Mike Dougherty, Hibner and his parents flew to Ann Arbor, MI, and on Sunday morning, Dougherty posted a picture on social media of the inside of Michigan Stadium, noting to a commenter that he was there with his player. By Sunday night, the tweet was out.
I am extremely excited to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Michigan! Thanks to every Coach who believed in me and recruited me. #GOBLUE 🔵〽️ @Coach_SMoore @CoachCPartridge @CoachJim4UM @UMichFootball @LakeBraddockFB pic.twitter.com/Wb4viaUCdc
— Matthew Hibner (@MatthewHibner) June 10, 2019
For Hibner, reached today, the decision was not as rushed as it would have seemed.
“I flew up on Saturday night, spent Sunday with the coaches and on campus, and flew back (last night). I committed around midday Sunday.”
However, the thought process started sooner.
“Michigan’s academics, particularly School of Business, as well as its football program, already stood out to me before the visit. Once I got there and talked with the coaching staff, and saw the campus and facilities, I knew it was the perfect fit for me.”
Hibner plans to major in business at Ann Arbor.
This should conclude a busy spring for the Bruin. Now Hibner can focus on a successful senior season for Lake Braddock.
– Jim McGrath