Richmond Hill High School senior Matt Wyatt signed a letter of intent March 1 to play Division III football for Averett University in Danville, Virginia, where he is the recipient of multiple academic scholarships.
“This is great opportunity for me, and I couldn’t be more excited,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said the coaching staff at Averett pursued him, which was a nice combo with the Dean’s Scholarship and an Academic Enhancement Scholarship that came his way.
Wyatt said the Averett staff made him feel like a part of their family, and the fact that the school has a prominent reputation for academics sealed the deal for him. He had six other offers, from DePauw University, Birmingham Southern College, Valdosta State, Bethany College, Maryville College and Greensboro College.
“The entire family visited AU for two days in February to tour the campus and let Matthew participate in the scholarship day,” his father Steve Wyatt said. “The AU environment and entire staff made us feel absolutely welcome and comfortable. My wife and I left AU knowing that Matthew would be taken care of academically and could also fulfill his dream to play collegiate level ball.”
Wyatt said he hopes to continue playing offensive line, left tackle, and the opportunity is there if he proves himself. He is already working toward that goal. Wyatt is currently competing on the RHHS track and field team. He is also getting some speed training from current football coach Lyman Guy.
“Matt is a great kid, and I’m extremely proud of him,” said Brian Brocato, who coached Wyatt for four years at RHHS. “Averett is fairly well known for academics, and the coaching staff over there is real high on him. It’s expected for him to see some play time his first year.”
Wyatt was a force to be reckoned with on the RHHS line as well as the backfield, where he scored three touchdowns.
Wyatt is joining a successful program. Last year, the Averett Cougars had a 7-3 record and 5-2 for USA South Athletic Conference.
Wyatt hasn’t pinned down his career goal quite yet, but is contemplating criminal justice, physical therapy and coaching.