The brief recruiting frenzy that saw Glendora High School quarterback Matt Fink go from relative unknown to national sensation in a matter of months ended early Monday afternoon when the standout picked USC as his college destination.
“They were, let’s just say, the team that showed me the most love,” Fink said. “And the team that showed me they were going to be a part of my family and not just coach me through four years. I felt like the coaches are committed to USC, they’re not leaving. Plus, they’re a good tight family that would bring me in and consider me as family.”
Fink passed for 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 725 yards rushing and 10 more touchdowns as a junior. He entered the offseason as a prospect with limited offers but a high upside due to his natural abilities.
Fink, who does not play on a travelling seven-versus-seven team for exposure, received offers from Boise St. and Washington toward the end of his junior season and set a goal to really make a splash among recruiters this offseason.
That’s exactly what happened after Fink wowed recruiters in February when he took home offensive MVP honors at the Blue/Grey All-American Southern California Regional combine in Ventura.
That showing set off a frenzy of college offers for Fink, with virtually a new school offering Fink each day and week following the combine. Before anyone knew it, USC, Notre Dame and a host of others were hot on the trail of the 6-foot-5 senior to be.
“It is an amazing feeling, it really is,” Fink said. “It kinda shows me how much work I put in. It humbles me in a way. I didn’t go on to those 7-on-7 teams. I didn’t go to that type of level just to get my name out there. I just put in the right amount of work and went to the right amount of camps. I didn’t do those 7-on-7 things and think they’d get me exposed because it just wasn’t my thing.”
Fink said he chose USC over Notre Dame and Washington. The chance to play at home close to family was the tipping point.
“I wanted to stay in California and wanted my family to have an easier time to see me,” Fink said. “I have four siblings and they’re all going to go off and do their things. I wanted to make it easier for my mom and dad to see me play at the college and not have to fly out for a couple grand just to see me play one game on a Saturday.”