Illinois athlete Matthew Mayer is one of 2022's elite Centers | Youth1

Illinois athlete Matthew Mayer is one of 2022's elite Centers

Matthew Mayer is one of the best players from the Alton, Illinois area in the Class of 2022.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Mayer, who attends Christian Brothers College High School, is a crafty player that works as a center and defensive lineman.

Mayer, who was a member of Youth1’s Freshman450 list last year, explains his strengths on the field.

“My biggest strength on the field is definitely my size,” Mayer said. “I am smaller than most linemen, but that really just helps me because I move faster and I am able to avoid injuries.”

Mayer shares the aspects of playing his positions that he enjoys.

“Right now I am the starting varsity center and I enjoy playing on Friday nights the most,” Mayer said. “The feeling you get when you’re surrounded by a crowd and the atmosphere is revolved around you and your team, there’s nothing better.”

Mayer explains his preparation approach.

“There isn’t really a certain player that I try to model myself after, but I do watch things like highlights to pump me up,” Mayer said. “So there isn’t a certain person, but overall just someone who works hard is what I model myself after.”

Mayer has a strong passion for the game of football. This is shown through his actions and behavior on the field.

“I love the competition,” Mayer said. “Growing up I was always looking to compete in anything, and once I started playing football I knew it was it.”

Mayer does his best to show strong leadership to his teammates. It’s important to Mayer that he sets a positive example for his peers.

“I try to show leadership by helping my teammates when they are at their lowest points/ want to give up,” Mayer said. “Over the summer we would condition and everyone that people would give up on because they were too slow or didn’t want to put in the effort, I would be right there by them pushing them to exceed themselves.”

Mayer shares the best advice he gives to his teammates.

“It really depends on the situation,” Mayer said. “If we’re running I usually say think about the result. If their self-confidence is low I tell them to just not give up and keep fighting.”

Mayer has improved in many aspects since being selected to the Freshman450. Mayer excitedly lists the strides he’s made in the last year.

“I feel like I have gotten a lot better since even freshman year, my confidence is up, and my overall smarts in football is higher than they’ve ever been,” Mayer said. “Compared to last year I have really adapted to the plays and the setting and I feel like I have stepped up.”

Mayer breaks down the spring itinerary that’s helped him make strides this season.

“Over the spring I went to a few prospect camps, including Princeton University and I went to a USA Football camp” Mayer said. “I prepared for those by just lifting with my team and trainer and working on my 40 time.”

Mayer discusses some accomplishments he’s proud of.  

“I earned the starting varsity spot at CBC. I got my first letter for my freshman year. I made the US National team for the third time,” Mayer said. “And I am playing on ESPN against our biggest rival at my school.”

Meyer has also played on the USA national team for u15, u16 and qualified for the u17 team which will face Team Canada's national team in January at AT&T Stadium.

Mayer outlines what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.

“The biggest improvement I have been working on is either my hands or finishing the play. Throughout the season this far I have started to look for more work down field after I finish my block,” Mayer said. “The biggest thing I need to work on is gaining weight, my goal is to gain about 30 pounds before senior year and just use that to my advantage.”

 

For more on Matthew Mayer, check out his Youth1 Player profile -> here.

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Article written by Rolando Rosa.

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