Matthew Wilson is proud to be the first ever player from a Saskatoon High School football to come directly from High School to the Dinos football program. Head Coach Wayne Harris confirmed the 6’1”, 180 lbs. quarterback will enroll at the University of Calgary in September 2018 signing a USports Letter of Intent.
Wilson comes from the outstanding Holy Cross Crusaders football program coached by Scott Hundseth who were Saskatoon Finalists in 2017. He was the backup quarterback on last year’s team that were Provincial Finalists losing to Regina Leboldus but saw action in the Championship game throwing two touchdown passes.
“If I can be a trailblazer for others, it is very humbling,” stated Wilson who was impressed the minute he got out of the car on his visit with his parents.
Matt brings a wealth of experience at various levels of Saskatchewan Provincial team involvement with him. He was at the Canada Cup in 2016 and 2017 helping Saskatchewan bring home silver medals and quarterbacked the Saskatchewan U17 team at the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas in 2017. He had misfortune of breaking his collar bone on the second play of the game at this year’s Canada Cup in Nova Scotia.
Wilson is a dual threat quarterback, having a strong arm and is an excellent runner. An excellent athlete Matt is a three time Saskatoon High School champion javelin thrower and also played competitive basketball before electing to concentrate on football.
“Matt is a tremendous athlete. He has excellent arm strength and makes plays with his feet. I think he has the right skill set and mind set to excel at the U Sports level,” states Dinos offensive coordinator Ryan Sheahan.
The Dinos won the recruiting battle over the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan whom he visited in the recruitment process. Matt also had talks with Concordia and Guelph but wished to play at the next level in Canada West.
“I wanted to leave home and to go university. I saw the professional attitude with the Calgary program and it is family orientated. I came from a winning program at Holy Cross and am going to a winning program. Calgary is the fit for me,” stated Wilson who is fluent in English and French and is one of six kids in the family.
Matt’s parents are former post secondary athletes. His father, Tim, competed in cross country at the University of Manitoba, and his mother, Paulette, was a javelin thrower at the University of Saskatchewan.
Matt attributes his football development to his High School Scott Hundseth, his bantam coach Chris Lemke, and Brian Guebert from Football Sask.
Wilson will enroll in Sociology courses with the hope eventually going to Law School.