September 23, 2021
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DITR: Matthew Klopfenstein

Matthew Klopfenstein from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona
Matthew Klopfenstein from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona

Matthew Klopfenstein is a Class of 2023 Tight End from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has sure hands, and lined up at all wide receiver and tight end to show off his catching ability. He is 6’5” and 225lbs, so he presents matchup issues for defenses with his elite height and weight. He is also a 3.9 GPA student, showing he can get it one in the classroom as well.

How long have you been playing football?

Matthew: I played flag football in second grade, but my first year playing tackle was in 8th grade. I’m pretty sure my mom was worried about me playing tackle.

How would you describe your role on the team? 

M: I’m an all-around tight end. They have me blocking, running routes, kicking out defensive ends, and just utilizing me wherever they can.

How would your teammates describe you?

M: I’m a leader, I’m hard working in the gym, especially when it comes to lifting. I have a niche for trying to get better, I need to get better every practice, or I feel like it was a waste and a failure. Outside of football, I’m the life of the party.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

M: Catching. I can catch everything, I have soft hands and the ball just comes naturally to me.

What do you need to improve on the most to make sure you’re successful at the next level?

M: I would say my blocking pad level. I tend to get high on my blocks, I need to get low when lining up against bigger players at the next level. 

Who would you compare yourself to, in college or the NFL?

M: George Kittle, he’s a great blocker, and my blocking skills are almost there, but he’s a great route runner and has good hands.

What is your goal for this season with Horizon? 

M: Win a State Championship. That’s the goal for this year. I also want to put up great numbers, I want to show these schools that I’m the guy they should offer to play for them.

What are you going to bring to the college team that recruits you?

M: Passion. I’ll give them my talents and my passion. I will give the team a chance to win a championship every year with my talents, great attitude, and work ethic.

Matthew has offers from Oregon State, Arizona, Iowa State, and Michigan State.

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