OL/DL Matt Russo of Depew HS (New York) makes scoutSMART High School Football America Preseason Academic All-Star Watch List

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Congratulations to senior-to-be offensive lineman/defensive lineman Matt Russo of Depew High School in New York on making the scoutSMART® High School Football America Preseason Academic All-American Watch List. Russo owns a grade point average of 96 on a scale of 100.

Russo is a team captain and has made 1st Team All-Division twice.

“Matt will be a three year starter on varsity football. He plays both guard and defensive tackle. Last season, Matt helped an offensive line, which ignited an 800 yard rusher.”

Mark Dirienzo, Depew head football coach

Click here to see Matt Russo’s Video Profile

Coaches, here’s how you can get involved to honor your student-athletes — simply nominate any of your players who are strong in the classroom and on the field by emailing us at [email protected].

For your student-athlete to be added to our Watch List, please include the following:

  • Student’s Name
  • High School
  • Position
  • Class
  • GPA
  • Test Scores (if available)
  • A short description of their contribution on the field and off

Nominate a Student-Athlete to scoutSMART/High School Football America Preseason All-Academic Watch List

Nominations need to be received by July 20th.

scoutSMART uses its proprietary system that gives high school football student-athletes a scoutSMART FIT Score that analyzes a players’ stats, on-field skills and academics. scoutSMART then provides the information to college football coaches, at all-levels, around the nation.

Coaches, to learn more about scoutSMART, click on this link

2020 Preseason Academic All-American Watch List

Kyle Brown, OG – Ridgeland (Georgia)

Preston Carr, DE – Person (North Carolina)

Paul Davis, SS – Spring Valley (South Carolina)

Weston Howard, WR – Lake Placid (Florida)

Jayden Lucian, WR/Returner – La Costa Canyon (California)

Kyle Oroni, QB/DB – Batavia (Illinois)

Jacob Price, LB/FB – B.B. Comer Memorial (Alabama)

Matt Russo, OL/DL – Depew (New York)

Gary Satterwhite, C/DT – Farrell (Pennsylvania)

Broc Simpson, K – Pulaski County (Virginia)

Keoke Toomer, LB – Ben Davis (Indiana)

Braunson White, QB/Athlete – Whitehaven (Tennessee)

Ryan Wickersham, QB – Archbishop Rummel (Louisiana)

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.