Matt DeGeest said that he wanted to be a basketball player, but he quit
growing vertically and got bigger strength-wise. It is not hard to tell who his
favorite basketball team is, as his e-mail name mentions Duke. However, the
two-sport standout will concentrate on football in college.
“I want to play tight end, but they told me that I’ll probably be looked
at defensive end as well. I just want to play.”
DeGeest attended the Northern Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota football
camps. He had been recruited hard by Division II schools North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Winona State, Minnesota Duluth, Concordia and
Minnesota was the first Division I school to offer him, although DeGeest
felt that other schools were close to offering him a scholarship.
“I liked the coaches and facilities at Minnesota. I like the academic
situation for the athletes. I felt comfortable. It is a big program that is
going to get bigger.”
DeGeest plans on majoring in secondary education and he would like to be a college coach.
His older brother, Derek, played the past two seasons at South Dakota
State, before transferring to the University of Sioux Falls. Derek is a
defensive end who is 6-4 and 270 pounds.
His Saturdays will be busy between University of Sioux Falls and Gophers
“I plan to attend as many games as I can, between watching my brother
DeGeest likes playing tight end, but as one of the team’s biggest
players, he did not get to catch many passes and spent most of the time blocking
He said that the offensive line is back, but the team, which finished 8-3
last season, will have a new quarterback. They have backs with experience, but
he is the lone returning starter back on the defensive line.
Harrisburg, which is five miles from Sioux Falls, lost to eventual state
runner-up Parkston in the state semifinals. They open the season August
29th against Lennox.