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Football: For Fairview’s Matt Greenwald, all roads lead to Boise State

After scoring 22 touchdowns and racking up nearly 2,000 receiving yards over the past two seasons, Fairview's Matt Greenwald, right, is headed to Boise State as a preferred walk on in 2020.
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After scoring 22 touchdowns and racking up nearly 2,000 receiving yards over the past two seasons, Fairview’s Matt Greenwald, right, is headed to Boise State as a preferred walk on in 2020.

There was something about the blue turf of Boise State that captivated Fairview’s Matt Greenwald back when he was 9 years old.

The homegrown youngster made it known then that, for no reason whatsoever other than the unique playing surface the Broncos played on, BSU was going to be his favorite team.

Fast forward to this past weekend, and Greenwald the soon-to-be FHS graduate made it known on Twitter that he was pursuing further education — in the classroom and on the gridiron — at the Division I Mountain West Conference school.

Combine that with fellow senior Ashton Nichols’ announcement that he was going to walk on at Purdue, Bryce DesJardins’ official commitment to Division III Claremont McKenna (Calif.) and a lot of attention on junior Henry Blackburn, and the statements by some the FHS wide receiver crew in 2018 might have been the best in school history are not all that far-fetched.

“We made it a goal to be one of the best receiving corps in Fairview history, if not the best, and I can’t say that we did that but there’s lots of people that do say we did that,” Greenwald said in a phone interview on Tuesday night. “We all had that dream to play college football, and now we’re doing it.

“We all pushed each other … and we made each other great.”

All the foursome did in 2018 was nab 255 combined receptions for 4,109 combined yards and 56 touchdowns — numbers that would grab the attention of collegiate coaches at all levels of the sport as the year progressed.

For Greenwald, offers came in from Northern Colorado and Western Illinois, both schools to which he made official visits. Other offers and other visits transpired through the year, but Boise’s “Boulder feel” sealed the deal for Greenwald.

A two-way player as a sophomore for Fairview, Greenwald slowly transformed into Aidan Atkinson’s deep touchdown target out on the edges. At Boise, he said he will likely be more of a slot-type receiver.

“I’ve always had that dream in my mind of playing college football, and ever since freshman year I really just had it in my mind that I was going to do it,” he said. “The determination that I had, and the people that helped me along the way, without all that I wouldn’t be to where I am now. It’s really cool.

“I know they are going to be bringing in some guys that are like 6-(foot-)5 of 6-4, so I am assuming I’ll be put in that slot role rather than outside.”

Being on the younger side for his graduating class, Greenwald will be considered a greyshirt walk-on and will enroll on-campus at BSU in January 2020. In the meantime, he is going to take online classes in the fall while also keeping his toes on the Fairview sideline as a wide receivers coach.

“The past year, physically I’ve grown a lot so I think another year of growth will be very key for me,” Greenwald said. “I’m going to be able to keep my mind in the game (as a coach), and I think that’s going to help me at the next level.”

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