Matthew Lombardi: Offensive Tackle
High School: St. Joesph’s Prep
Weight: 277 lbs
- 3 Time Pennsylvania 6A State Champion
- 5.52 40 Yard Dash
- Almost 40 Pancakes in 2019
Lombardi, coming out of high school, is a giant tackle that can immediately make an impact for several Division 1 programs. He has chosen to do so with Tulane. At a staggering 6-foot-7, Matt dominated defensive lines his entire career, allowing elite D1 running backs to pick up staggering yards, as well as being the key protector for one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, Ohio State commit Kyle McCord. But if you were to just talk to him, he does not seem like a scary presence. Lombardi is a very humble kid who is so thankful for where he is and makes sure that everyone who got him this far is appreciated and is not forgotten about. With his size and talent, it would not be surprising to see this kid develop into an NFL talent in four years time.
Matt Lombardi sat down with The Painted Lines to discuss his high school career and how he anticipates the transition to college.
What has been your favorite moment at St Joes Prep?
My favorite moment at St Joe’s Prep has easily been raising that championship trophy as a senior; there’s a special feeling in going out on top.
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?
I’m really honored to be a part of what’s been built here. The amount of time we spend with each other, the relationship between players, between players and coaches, it’s second to none. I am just grateful to be a piece of something so special.
What led you to choose Tulane?
I loved the culture that the program is trying to build, I think the city is amazing, and honestly, I saw a lot of the qualities in Tulane that we strived for at the Prep.
Who do you thank most for your success?
My family for sure, especially my mom and dad. They worked so hard and continue to work hard to put me in the best position for success, and for that I couldn’t be more thankful.
What are your goals for Tulane?
I want to develop as a person and football player, in that order. I’m excited to see what the future holds, and I am just striving to be the best version of myself.
What do you look to bring to the next level?
I really want to set myself apart in terms of technique. To be a great offensive linemen, you don’t have to be the strongest or fastest, but if you have the best technique, you’ll be pretty hard to beat.
What are your hobbies outside football?
I really enjoy reading, driving my dad’s truck, and listening to all types of different music, especially country.
Do you try to model your game after any tackles?
My favorite player of all-time is Joe Thomas. It’s plain to see why, he’s the best ever, and that really is what makes me feel technique is the biggest key to success at the tackle position.
Do you have any message for your coaches from either your past or your future?
To my Prep coaches, I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for you guys shaping a tall, awkward 15 year old boy into a real football player and teaching that kid valuable lessons on how to be a man. Thank you.