2013 East All Stars – #72
6’5″ 250 lbs
High School: Gibraltar Carlson, A
High School Coach: Kent Sikora
College: Saginaw Valley State
Matt is the son of Michael and Kim Thomas. He has two younger siblings, Nicholas and Mikayla.
Matt started his football career in seventh grade at Shumate Middle School. He said of this experience, “I was far from talented.” He decided to take a break his freshman year. When he resumed in his sophomore year, he had grown larger and faster. Over the summer he discovered what a difference a little time in the weight room can make on the field. His junior year he was a two-way starter on varsity. His senior year he was voted team captain, and was a two-way starter again. In the fall, Matt will continue his football career at Saginaw Valley State.
Matt was a member of the National Honor Society. He held a 3.85 GPA throughout high school. Besides playing football, Matt was a two-year varsity wrestler at 215 pounds. He was also a member of the school’s 1200 pound weight lifting club.
Matt said, “I thank my parents for always supporting me but never pressuring me, the entire Carlson Coaching staff for pushing me to be the best athlete and person that I could be, and my teammates for always being there for me when I needed them.”
Honorable Mention All Monroe County, 2012
All Downriver League, 2012
Downriver League Dream Team, 2012
All Area, News Herald, 2012