Lake Braddock TE Matt Hibner (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Matthew Hibner proved himself in his junior season and it paid off big time
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in Northern Virginia. Continuing our countdown at number 8 is Lake Braddock tight end Matt Hibner
#8 Matthew Hibner (2020 TE 6-4 235) – Lake Braddock High School
Hibner ended one of the more active recruiting periods among Northern Virginia players, when the Bruin, who harbored roughly 30 athletic scholarship offers, committed to the University of Michigan.
In Hibner, Michigan, under head coach Jim Harbaugh, will gain a tough, sturdy ball catcher and blocker, as well as a cerebral player (4.3 GPA, 1400 SAT) who will be handle the academic challenges offered by the Ann Arbor school.
The timing of Hibner’s verbal commitment was unique. He had participated in the Falls Church 7-on-7 passing league in early June, helping Lake Bradoock to a top-four finish among the 24 participating teams. Later, that Saturday evening, he flew up to Michigan, visited the campus with the Wolverine coaches on Sunday afternoon, and committed that evening.
At the time, Hibner, who will major in business, admitted that UM had been on his radar for quite some time, teling recruitNoVA.com, “Michigan’s academics, particularly in the 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.”
As far as his expectations from Michigan, he told the MGO Blog, “I think they are going to use me a lot as the athletic tight end who can block, kind of like a receiver who can block,” adding, “I am really excited by that because that is exactly how I should be used.” With Billy Edwards returning at quarterback for Lake Braddock, Hibner should see his share of passes.
The Bruins, looking to build on last season’s 7-4 campaign, will open its season at home on August 29th against West Potomac.
– Jim McGrath