Matthew McGeary: Offensive Guard
High School: St. Joesph’s Prep
Weight: 295 lbs
- 5.36 40 Yard Dash
- 3 time 6A State Champion
- 50 Pancakes in 2019
Matthew McGeary, like his fellow Prep lineman, knows nothing but success. St. Joe’s Prep has won three state titles in McGeary’s tenure, and he looks to continue that success heading to the next level of playing. Matt will be moving on to Colgate University, and the massive Guard will be a huge piece for them going forward. McGeary is a dominant presence on the field. He’s also known for his great character off the field. He will likely be a great student as well at the next level. With his work ethic and character, the sky’s the limit for Matt.
The Painted Lines had the chance to chat with Matthew McGeary about his move from St. Joe’s Prep to Colgate.
What has been your favorite moment at St Joe’s Prep?
Definitely the service trips. I have been to Penn State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Clemson to partake in service with my team. Through these trips, I made lifelong friends and made an impact on the community. I always looked forward to these trips each year.
How does it feel to bring the Prep three state titles in your tenure there and to help put them back in the national spotlight?
It’s a great feeling. It was a complete team effort, and everyone had to be all in all the time to accomplish it. I am so proud to be part of this program for the last four years. I can’t wait to watch the young guys take over and continue the winning tradition.
What led you to choose Colgate?
Academics, football, and location. In that order. The academic reputation of Colgate is one of the best in the entire country, and that will help be far longer than when my playing years are over. The football program has a phenomenal winning tradition, and a hard-nosed, workman-like mentality that I am very excited to be a part of. And, the location, central New York State, offers a plethora of outdoor opportunities that I am very excited to participate in.
Who do you thank most for your success?
Definitely my parents and coaches. My parents always put me in the best situation to succeed from the very beginning of my playing career. My coaches were my parents away from home and made me into the player I am today.
What are your goals for Colgate?
Firstly, I want to use this opportunity to learn in their Liberal Arts education system and find my niche. I want to win multiple Patriot League Championships, and hopefully a National Championship.
What do you look to bring to the next level?
I want to bring my physicality to the next level. I won’t back down from any challenge.
What are your hobbies outside football?
I love to go fishing. Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved to fish – freshwater and saltwater. That is why I love the location of Colgate so much; there are so many opportunities to fish. I also used to be a very competitive swimmer. My swimming career ended when I decided to bulk up for football, but I do like to get in the pool every once in a while.
Do you try to model your game after any Guards?
Definitely Quenton Nelson. That dude is an absolute beast. He loves to get physical and put people on the ground, and so do I.
Do you have any message for your coaches from either your past or your future?
To my coaches from the past, thank you for everything. You helped me become the player I am today. To my future coaches at Colgate, thank you for the opportunity, it’s time to get to work.