Tregle to play in all-star game
Matt Tregle selected to play in the East-West All-Star Football Game Saturday at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. (The Daily Review File Photo)
It’s been a big week for Patterson senior standout Matt Tregle.
The three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines at Patterson High School received a scholarship offer and he’s been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Football Game Saturday at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
On Tuesday evening, the all-district selection got the call from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“It feels good, really good. All of my hard work has paid off,” Tregle said. “It’s a dream come true. I’m super excited.”
While Tregle is being recruited by several schools, the Weevils are the first to make an official scholarship offer. Nicholls State, McNeese State and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have also shown interest.
“Matt is a strong kid that plays with good intensity and makes plays with his effort,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “He started on the offensive line in his sophomore and junior years but we moved him to the d-line this season to help solidify our run defense and the kid didn’t say a word. He’s a good kid who really understands the game.”
It’s no surprise that Tregle has a high-football IQ; he comes from a football family. He is the grandson of legendary Tri-City coach Al Tregle and the son of Patterson assistant football coach Scott Tregle.
“My relatives also played on the line,” Tregle said. “So I could go to them with questions and they were also undersized linemen so they taught me how to handle the big guys.”
At 6 feet, 1 inch, 260 pounds, he is a bit small for what colleges are looking for these days.
“I will likely play center in college because centers can be under the 6’3-6’4 height requirements,” he said. “But I don’t think I’m done growing yet.”
Tregle also has another big plus on his resume; he’s a deep-snapper.
Good deep-snappers are hard to find at every level of football.
“I’m related to Joey Crappell who snapped at LSU, and he taught me everything,” Tregle said. “I just had to put in the practice time.”
But he has a message to those schools who only want him as a deeper snapper.
“No thanks,” he said. “I want to go out there and hit somebody.”
The Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA) will host this weekend’s all-star game. For the past nine years, the LHSCA and the LFCA have hosted the Bayou Bowl in conjunction with their Texas counterparts to feature an all-star game between some of the best high school football players of both states.
Due to sponsorship issues, Texas is no longer able to participate, and the bowl has been disbanded. With the return of the East-West All-Star Football Game, the LHSCA/LFCA now had the opportunity to honor twice the amount of outstanding senior football players than years past.
The selection committee, which was comprised of coaches from each class and the coaches of the all-star game, narrowed down the 389 nominees from 161 schools to two, 36-member teams.
“I just want to have fun and show that I can play with the guys headed to the next level,” he said.
Tregle will be on the West roster and play center.