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A multi-sport athlete, Sacred Heart’s 2019 MLB Matt Brenneisen is already getting looks from Power 5 programs. We discussed his offseason regimen and what schools are showing the most interest. I also received high praises of Brenneisen from Sacred Heart’s legendary head coach Ken Leonard.
Sacred Heart Griffin
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 230 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Did you play 7on7 this year or were you in any other sports?
MB: I have been focusing on my speed the most. Another big thing is my strength I have been in the weight room 4-5 times a week to increase strength. We were in a 7on7 at The University of Missouri and at Northwestern. I am playing summer baseball as well.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
MB: The skill sets I could bring are knowing where the play is going to go, playing nasty, speed off the ball, the ability to play multiple defensive positions, and being able to play the run and the pass.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
MB: The schools that have shown the most are Minnesota, Northwestern, Ball State, Iowa, Illinois State, Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, and have talked a little to Penn State.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
MB: I have camped at Northern Illinois which also had Penn State and Arkansas, North Central College which also had Minnesota, and St. Charles Lindenwood that had Iowa at it. I plan on doing some visits this winter and Junior days this fall.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
MB: Nick Broeker is an offensive tackle and a defensive end. His strengths are his athleticism, size, and physicality. I think he could play at the next level because he has the drive to be great and has the size to do it.
Sacred Heart Griffin Head Coach Ken Leonard on Brenneisen on and off the field
“Matty Brenneisen I’ve known him since he was a baby. I’ve been coaching for over 40 years and I don’t know if I’ve coached a better human being! Super hard worker, great athlete with great instincts. When he gets on the football field he’s one of the toughest, nastiest guys I’ve ever coached. One of the best linebackers ever at our school and that says a lot! I believe he is a definite Division 1 linebacker.”