Quince Orchard wide receiver Matt Choi orally committed to play football at Monmouth Tuesday night, becoming the fourth Cougar from the class of 2013 to commit to either a Football Bowl Subdivision school or a Football Championship Subdivision program.
“I want to play at the highest level, against the best competition,” said Choi, who also considered Towson and a number of Division II schools. He took an official visit to Monmouth two weeks ago and was sold. “It’s a great program. It has great history.”
The 6-1, 180-pound Choi played just two games at receiver (11 catches, 106 yards, two touchdowns) this fall before taking over at quarterback after junior Mike Murtaugh suffered a season-ending knee injury in September. He threw for 922 yards and 13 touchdowns against just three interceptions, but it was his open-field running ability out of the Cougars’ shotgun spread (680 yards, 10 touchdowns) that carried Quince Orchard to the 4A final for the second consecutive season, where it lost to Wise in the final minutes. Choi will play wide receiver at Monmouth, which he said runs a fast-paced no huddle offense similar to the system he played in at Quince Orchard.
“It really reminds me of our offense [at Quince Orchard]. I could see myself [there],” Choi said.
At Monmouth, Choi will play alongside Darnell Leslie, a defensive lineman who graduated from Quince Orchard in 2012 and whom Choi refers to as an “older brother.” Choi joins defensive end Kieran Gregory (Richmond) and defensive end Andrew Ankrah (James Madison) as Cougars that have committed to FCS programs. Linebacker Marcus Newby, a first team All-Met selection, is committed to Nebraska.
“It’s a great senior class,” Choi said. “It’s great for our program and our seniors, and I think it gives a lot to our underclassmen…to work hard and not take anything for granted.”