Good things may come in small packages, but they also come in the form of 6’2, 185-pound QB Matt Jimison. The soon-to-be sophomore is competing for the 2012 starting job at Vista del Lago in Folsom, CA. The Eagles reached the Div. III Sac-Joaquin playoffs last season and defeated Woodland on the arm of Aaron Young.
Jimison fits the same mold as Young in height and weight but also brings dual threat ability to his impressive passing game. Whereas Young was a pure pocket passer, Jimison prides himself on being able to use his legs to make plays.
Without having played a down of varsity ball, he is already receiving Div. I attention from the University of Utah and Arizona State. He traveled to display his talent for coaches at both schools and claims the workout with the Sun Devils progressed especially well.
Since finishing 2007 as the 10th-best team in the country and being co-conference champions, Arizona State has fluctuated around the .500 mark and would love a player of Jimison’s caliber to bring them back to prominence in the expanded Pac-12.
Utah saw a step up in competition when they joined the same conference last season, finishing with a 7-5 record. They are a few seasons removed from a perfect season and BCS bowl win and hope to be back in the national spotlight soon.
To reach the level these schools are counting on, Jimison makes a two hour trek about once a week for both personal and group training sessions with NFA quarterback coach William Hewlett. They’ve teamed up for the past year and a half, and the results speak for themselves with all the consideration Jimison is seeing.
As for the upcoming season, he is enthusiastic about the offensive weapons already around him. Out of the backfield, Josh Pfeffer was second on the team in rushing as a sophomore and still has two years ahead of him. And with a young core of receivers to deliver the ball to, Jimison and Vista del Lago might very well control the Sierra Valley Conference for the next few years.