One of this past season's best stories was the way Dutch Fork emerged victorious in running through the AAAA Division 1 playoffs en route to a state championship. One of their top play makers was 2015 running back Matt Colburn and to say he had an impressive season is an understatement. Colburn had a season for the ages and he's hoping to turn that success into some scholarship offers before too long as he's still waiting on offer number one. We're betting that it won't be long with a resume and transcript as impressive as Colburn has.
As we mentioned previously Colburn and Dutch Fork won a state title in the state's biggest classification and the 5'8 185 pound Colburn is one big reason why. He shared with us his numbers from his junior season, PlayStation-like numbers at that.
"I had 2,488 rushing yards (7.6 average) and 40 rushing touchdowns. I also had 418 receiving yards (14.9 average) and 2 touchdowns. I also had 5 kickoff returns for 116 yards (23.2 average)."
In doing so Colburn earned All-State honors, was named AAAA-Region 5 All-Region, and AAAA-Region 5's Offensive MVP. His rushing yards broke a school record for most rushing yards in a season and he also currently holds the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a career with 64 with his senior season still ahead of him.
One of those SEC schools is recruiting Colburn the hardest right now and you'd be surprised to know which one it is.
"Right now Florida is recruiting me the hardest. I've been down there twice for two unofficials. Clemson would have to be second. I went to their Junior Day this Saturday. I also went on an unofficial to South Carolina last year."
With his trip to Clemson this past weekend how exactly did things go for Colburn during his trip to TigerTown?
"On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best it was a 10! I freakin' loved it!. Its the perfect package, they got the academics and the football! Their facilities are extensive, and their people there are genuine and authentic in their pride and passion for the university. I was blown away."
There are some other schools Colburn says he'd love to hear from in the very near future as well.
"I'd like to hear from Ohio State, they're my favorite team. I actually went to their camp last year and did pretty well. I'd like to hear from them, Florida State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. I'd also like to hear from Appalachian State, Old Dominion, and UCF because they seem to be programs on the rise."
Given his numbers from last season there's obviously areas where the junior standout shines and he highlighted areas he feels are his biggest strengths currently.
"I've have to say my speed, vision, explosiveness, and power are my biggest strengths. I would like to improve on my patience, sometimes I found myself a bit antsy rather than letting the play develop for me."
With such a spectacular season we asked the speedster which games he felt were the best of his junior season.
"Probably the 1st round playoffs against Fort Dorchester. I had 364 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 42 yards, and 6 touchdowns. However I had some others that were pretty good too. Against Byrnes I had 312 yards rushing on 37 attempts and scored 3 touchdowns. Against Dorman I had 295 yards rushing on 31 attempts and scored 5 touchdowns. Against Rock Hill I had 233 rushing yards on 27 attempts and scored 3 touchdowns. I also had 97 receiving yards in that game too."
So what was it like for Colburn to win what every high school player in the Palmetto State dreams of...a state championship.
"It was crazy! It was the most elated I've ever been. Ineffable to say the least. Although it didn't sink in til about 2 weeks later...oh what the heck, I still can't believe it...its just beyond words and I'll always remember it!"
The 2015 prospect will be back next season and he talked about what he and his teammates will strive to do next season to defend their state title.
"Honestly to continue to be relentless, do our jobs, and complete our assignments accordingly. Stay hungry and most of all play inspired ball. Our goal is to win another state title."
The 5'8 185 pound prospect isn't the biggest back we've ever seen but pound for pound he is one of the toughest and most durable backs we've seen in quite a few recruiting cycles. He talked about the players he most relates to and compares to.
"Mike Davis (South Carolina), Tre Mason (Auburn), and Devonta Freeman as well. They're all not too tall, roughly 5'9, yet they're fast, explosive, powerful, and deceptive. They all have great vision as well. Those are my favorite ones right now as well as Carlos Hyde (Ohio State)."
With a number of schools already taking a look what exactly is Colburn going to be looking for in a school?
"I wanna go somewhere that's not too far away, preferably on the east coast/southeast region. I also want to major in some sort of engineering/computer science field so that plays a big role as well."
When it comes to academics Colburn reports a 3.5 GPA currently and has already taken the SAT last year and plans on taking it again in June. He reported a 1090 (not including the writing portion).
We will have more updates with Matt Colburn as he's one of the state's top 2015 prospects and should be fielding some offers this off season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MATT COLBURN
Bench Press: 375 pounds
Squat: 505 pounds
Power clean: 275 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.36 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.2 seconds
2015 Dutch Fork RB Matt Colburn