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April 21, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Matt Kaufman

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Matt Kaufman

This week the spotlight checks back on the latest with football player Matt Kaufman.

A success story in the making, Kaufman will soon be taking the next step in his football career. It will all begin in autumn at Humboldt State University (HSU).

Matt is currently focused on the 4-by-100 relay event and has a target of obtaining Irvington High's Athlete of the Year Award. He says that track and field will help with his conditioning for the upcoming football season.

Kaufman surrounds himself with good people and he attributes his success to their support. He and his fellow athletes swear by their workouts at The M.A.S.S. Training Center and he would not be where he's at today without the direction of trainer Darrell Lutz.

Outside of those workout sessions there's a close companion, his name is Stevin Gomez who's also an athlete. Gomez and Kaufman continually push each other to train at their highest possible level.

Outside of accelerated training sessions there's the loving support of his family and Kaufman has a list: his dad is the greatest coach; his mom is the best fan; and Matt also swears that his older brother Kurt has helped to keep him in-line.

Playing football since age eight Matt says that his Nonno and Nanna have never missed a single game, rain or shine.

All of these great thing and people have led Kaufman to his recent signing a letter of intent to become a Lumberjack and cover the position of defensive cornerback for HSU. This step will place him on the roster for the next four seasons and will pave the way for Matt to obtain a four-year scholarship.

The goals remain the same, to play football at a professional level or to train and coach others. The dinner choice hasn't changed either: Nanna's pasta is still the one. And after a short trip to Hawaii for a recharge, Matt Kauffman will return to hopefully dominate the gridiron once again, this time as an HSU Lumberjack.

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