Andy Hilton and Riverside lineman Matthew McCann (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Matthew McCann Commits to Richmond
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Senior offensive tackle at Riverside High School Matthew McCann has announced his commitment to the University of Richmond to play for the Spiders. The 6’3, 265 LBS lineman uses his power and skill to bully defenders and clear a path for his runners while protecting his quarterback. Matthew had no offers before March, but since then, he has picked up multiple offers. His offers came from West Liberty University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Marist College, Valparaiso University, University of San Diego, Monmouth University, and Richmond University.
Matthew is a dominating interior lineman who protects his offensive players on every snap. For an offensive lineman, specifically an interior lineman, it is integral for them to stave off the pass rushers and keep the pocket clean.
Judging by his abundance of offers from Division I schools, he is seen as a player that projects well at the next level. Whether he is pass blocking or run blocking, Matthew makes sure to use the good, solid technique in attempts to win his individual matchup with the defender.
— Matthew McCann (@matthewmccann75) December 8, 2020
Conversely, Matthew tries to beat the offensive lineman when he plays on the defensive side of the ball. Matthew also dabbles as a defensive tackle for Riverside and uses his knowledge of blocking to his advantage as a defender. This is a lethal combo for any lineman. Having knowledge of both sides of the ball gives him an added boost to his raw ability and intelligence.
Football aside, Matthew sees Richmond as a great place to get his college education.
“The reason I chose Richmond was ultimately because of the education I am going to get. Richmond is a great football program with amazing facilities that competes at a high level in a great conference. But when choosing where I wanted to go, I knew that with an education and degree from Richmond, I would be set up for great opportunities in the future. I also felt a lot of love from Richmond and genuine interest when I was being recruited by them from not just coaches but also players,” McCann explained.
“Also the city of Richmond is beautiful and is definitely a place I would love to be at for the next four years.”
The Richmond Spiders have built a team that, in the early to mid-2010s, was a consistent contender in the FCS playoffs. They frequently got into the playoff bracket and would go as far as getting to the semi-finals in 2015. With their best days in the rearview mirror, and their best players having graduated, the Spiders have shifted their focus to new focal points. The old guard is no more, and they are trying to bring their program back to its former prominence.
Players like Matthew will most definitely help with that.
His ability to keep the quarterback upright will be a key part of the Spiders’ offense. Every good team needs a dominant offensive line, as it is hard to win without one. Matthew provides a stable, consistent presence at the offensive tackle position and is difficult to get around for defenders.
Matthew has provided himself as a dominating offensive lineman and one that is more than capable of playing at the next level in the eyes of college coaches. It is now time for him to take the next step. It is time for him to prove what coaches and recruiters alike have realized and that is that he is ready for this challenge. All signs point to him being up to whatever the next chapter of his life throws his way, and he will be excited to see what is in store for him.
– Marc Goldstein