FORT COLLINS –– Representatives of several Division I football programs contacted Matt Greenwald following the former Boise State receiver’s decision to enter the transfer portal in late December.
However, no landing spot stood out as much as Colorado State, whom the former Fairview receiver chose over the likes of Montana State and Eastern Illinois, last Thursday.
“CSU jumped out to me once coach (Jay) Norvell got the job,” Greenwald said. “Also, their offense at Nevada caught my attention when we played them last year at Boise. As a receiver, I’m excited to play in that offense. That’s the biggest reason I came.”
Norvell and now-CSU offensive coordinator Matt Mumme’s scheme, also known as the Air Raid offense, amassed nearly 300 passing yards in a 41-31 victory at Boise State last fall. The Wolf Pack averaged 347 yards per game passing, sixth best in the nation.
The majority of Nevada’s offensive staff followed Norvell to Fort Collins.
Hence, it’s easy to see why Greenwald made his decision.
“After I entered the portal, I got in contact with Mumme and talked about the offense they’re gonna run,” Greenwald said. “The spread and the passing attack really caught my attention. I was super excited about that. And it’s really similar to my high school offense at Fairview.”
With CSU intending on utilizing its six remaining scholarships for defensive players, Greenwald will arrive in Fort Collins as a preferred walk-on.
As a senior at Fairview in 2018, Greenwald obtained scholarship offers from Northern Colorado, Weber State and Western Illinois. He turned 60 receptions into 1,181 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also received preferred walk-on offers from Boise State, CSU, Wyoming and Colorado.
Now he’s back home and teammates with CSU standout sophomore safety Henry Blackburn. They didn’t merely play on the same team for three years, either.
“I’m really close with (Blackburn),” Greenwald said. “We grew up together and he’s one of my best friends.”
Given their tight-knit companionship, Greenwald sought Blackburn’s counsel upon receiving CSU’s PWO offer.
“I talked to him a lot about it,” he said. “He loves it and the impact he made right away as a true freshman was huge. Him saying that he loves it there earned my trust. And going to a school where you already know someone is definitely an advantage.”
Greenwald and Blackburn will live together once the former gets on campus.
“To earn the trust of the coaches, you have to make an impact on special teams,” Greenwald said. “So that’s my goal right away. Then hopefully I can kind of be that slot guy and someone we can go to when we need a big play.”
At Boise State, Greenwald gray-shirted the 2019 season and did not get playing time the past two years.
“I had a great time at Boise but I didn’t play, which was tough,” Greenwald said. “So I have a huge chip on my shoulder to prove myself. In high school, I had a good career. But I’m looking to have a better one at CSU. I’ll do whatever it takes.”
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