I know I want him to be Blue.
chance of bowl: 13.6%
Michigan's kicking woes this season forced the coaching staff to search for another scholarship kicker in the 2011 class. Rich Rodriguez had secured former Boise State commit Matt Goudis (6'0", 165 lbs) after many thought Goudis would stick with Boise. Once the old staff was fired Matt decided to take his talents to South Beach and commit to Al Golden at Miami, which left Brady Hoke searching for another solid kicker.
Lucky enough for Hoke he had already established a relationship with uncommitted kicker Matt Wile (6'2", 215 lbs) out of San Diego, California. Wile's head coach John Morrison says that relationship wasn't too hard to build. "Matts dad is the orthopedic surgeon on the athletic staff at San Diego State where Brady (Hoke) came from. They offered Matt two years ago at SDSU," Morrison said. "You guys are getting a heck of a coach, too. We're sad to see (Brady Hoke) go. I'm a big fan of his, he'll get that thing turned around really fast, I watched him do it at SDSU after 4 or 5 guys butchered it."
"It's funny now that Coach Hoke is out at Michigan, it's almost like it was meant to be for Matt. His dad and his grandfather are both Michigan grads. About 7-8 years ago Matt traveled with his dad to Ann Arbor when SDSU played Michigan, and went out on the field at halftime to kick field goals," Morrison recalls.
The coincidence has struck a cord with Wile, and he is scheduled to visit Ann Arbor this weekend (January 21st). Matt holds offers from Air Force, Michigan, Nebraska, and Washington as well. "He actually pushed back the visit to Nebraska to take the Michigan trip. I can't imagine he won't have a great visit, he already knows the coaching staff and he's already been on campus with his dad," said Morrison. "Coach Ferrigno (Special teams coach for Michigan) was actually out here the other night to see Matt, then he swung by the school to pick up his transcripts." The transcripts seemed like just a formality since Wile holds a 4.0 GPA.
Even though the cards seem to be in Michigan's favor, Coach Morrison doesn't believe Matt will make his decision while visiting Ann Arbor. "He told Nebraska that he won't commit on the Michigan trip. He wants to sit down with his family, take 24 hours and think about it. He's been very up front with all the schools. I would be surprised if he committed on the visit, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to commit after 24 hours," he said.
Wile averaged 42 yards per punt this season, kicked field goals and extra points, was captain of his team, and the kicker for the West team at the Army All American Game.
I know I want him to be Blue.
So before he steps foot on campus he has already made more FG's in the Big House then either of our kickers have?
You're crushing the fragile pysche of our current kickers!
Please commit, please commit, please commit, please commit, please commit...
If I say it enough times, it is bound to come true.
Sounds like a great fit. I am not sure how a 4.0 GPA helps a kicker, but I love to hear it, anyway.
It helps him because it means he has the grades to actually get into Michigan. He is very impressive. This would be a huge get. Also, his kickoffs have great distance. Something that we havent witnessed at Michigan for a while. Itd be nice to have opponents start on the 20 or worse for a change.
4.0, great kicker, team captain (leadership), sounds like an all around good kid. Hopefully he goes blue.
This kid sounds perfect for Michigan. He's a leader (team captain), he is smart (4.0) and his father and grandfather are Michigan men.
It seems that things are falling into place in a positive way after 3 years of utter chaos, heartbreak, disappointment and MIchigan Coaches, DB, and Kicker hating God mayhem.
Matt's got blue in his bloodline, gotta believe that would have some sway.
He looks good. I like the Michigan background. We need him, and with Ray Taylor committing, things could start to pick up with recruiting. Hopefully Coach Hoke can work some magic these last couple of weeks.
Good to have you on the team.
who isn't afraid to throw his whole body into a tackle and actually hold on to make the tackle. Impressive punts and kicks on this video as well.
I'd feel a ton better about our kicking game with this kid in the mix.
one of the largest living alumni bases in the country. And not just alumni, when I lived in Cali there were Michigan transplants everywhere, and they were all M fans
Leaders and Best Matt! DO IT
"About 7-8 years ago Matt traveled with his dad to Ann Arbor when SDSU played Michigan, and went out on the field at halftime to kick field goals"
Which one of you internet stalking experts can locate the halftime video of SDSU v. Michigan from 2004?
I'll see your Matt Goudis and raise you a Matt Wile. Yes, please.
Well this is a done deal.
But these make me the most nervous.
when Jordan Walsh was offered. His mother cried when he got the offer.
someone even better. He punts as well as he kicks FGs and kick offs. He might even give Hagerup a run for his money on the punting end, or at least a great back up. Solid tackler as well, come on down Mr. Wile.
With his dad and grandfather as alums, it seems almost inconceivable that he will not go blue, unless he really wants to be an Air Force pilot. My daughter has known the fight song since she was old enough to talk (and definitely wants to go to Michigan in 2018), so Matt probably knows the fight song pretty well, too, and has probably heard a LOT about the benefits of a Michigan education.
Being intimately familiar with a specific college while growing up does NOT mean you want to go there; if anything, it might make you too familiar, searching for something new.
Cases in point. A very hot chick I new in high school was daughter of two UM grads -- knew the fight song, wore UM stuff, etc. She went to Stanford.
Then there's me. My dad was a Domer, mom a SMC-chick. Aunt went to SMC, other aunt to SMC, uncle to ND. My 5 older cousins were SMC, ND, ND, ND, SMC. Grew up knowing ND fight song, watched every ND game on TV from age 2 to age 18, etc. And, of course, I went to UM. Didn't even apply to ND.
So, I wouldn't assume Matt is a given to come to UM.
someone who can kick the ball a long way if he's taught well...and, what is this...we have a special teams coach now????
it'd be great to retire the "stop kicking the damn ball" meme.
Very very impressive. He would obviously be a great addition to the class. It looks like he could also be a legitimate fill in at P if Hagerup were to get injured.
Or suspended again :(
will keep him focused.
Boom! If Hoke can't close this one i'd be extremely surprised.
Amazing how things work out sometimes.
Come on down Matt Wile.
Why settle for the Air Force when we are the masters of SPACE, BITCHES. SPACE.
and be the predecessor to the space emporer himself
Are you saying Matt Wile can time travel to the time before Zoltan?
than Zoltan Mesko to know that you can graduate with an awesome degree and NFL Career (and have crazy internet fans!) by going to Michigan!
I'm going to look forward to reading the Hello: Matt Wiles post.
We don't need no stinking kicker...
good,we really need a kicker.GO BLUE!!!
I can't wait to start Wile-in' out.
I don't like seeing him make that block on the sidelines at the end of the video ... bad, bad memories of the Gibbons highlights.
That can't happen to us twice, right?
His power on the FGs is impressive...on that 37 yarder it looked like it had an extra 15 yards of clearence.
We need another Revis, who we can depend on.
kid is the real deal. He has great bloodlines too. Come'on Matt 1/2 of your DNA is blue.
he have a verbal somewhere?
like this and witht he rest of the potiential recruits, and if the winds blow just right; we might, just might, be playing in the B1G Championship this year.
Hopefully Michigan finally found their kicker. I wonder if a special teams coach will help?