Story finds a fit for school, football

Story signs with D-III Hamilton

Matt Story may be playing middle LB at Fruita.



Somewhere between picking a prestigious pre-medical program and desiring to play college football, Matt Story found Hamilton College.

The standout Fruita Monument linebacker, who was twice a first-team All-Southwestern League selection, said he struck a balance with the NCAA Division III school. Story committed to play football at Hamilton College, a school of less than 2,000 students in Clinton, N.Y.

“I really wanted to play a sport in college, because both of my brothers had gone on to play a sport in college,” Story said. “I was also concerned with getting a high-class education finding a pre-med program where I could trust it would actually get me into grad school.

“I actually met coaches from Hamilton when I was at Stanford’s football camp. They saw me and they were interested in me from the start. I visited there in November and just hit it off. It’s a great school, and the feel of it — it’s really prestigious and old, in a good way.”

Because he is attending a DIII school where athletic scholarships are not given, Story had to qualify for an academic scholarship. He estimated his academic scholarship will cover at least half of his schooling.

Sean Mulvey, the head coach at Fruita since 2011 after one season as an assistant in 2010, said Story is one of the smartest players he has coached.

“He’s an intense player and very smart, cerebral player all in one package,” Mulvey said. “He plays with a really good motor all the time.”

Mulvey said he didn’t play a big role in Story’s recruiting process, but knew Story had it under control.

“He kind of took over that whole process on his own before I had a chance to talk to him in too much depth about it,” Mulvey said. “He wanted to make a decision based on academics and he really liked their pre-med program.

“He’s an incredibly bright kid. He was voted a captain by our kids and I think it’s obvious why when you see how he plays on the field. He was great to have in the middle of the field and was dependable piece of that team.”


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