At this point it’s just speculation what the coming years plan is for Matt. Sure it seems logical to speculate move to Happy Valley, but we haven’t heard anything official yet. But let really look at what could occur if Matt does follow the same senior year path as his brothers.
If Matt leaves his senior year for Happy Valley, he gets year of development at the Nittany Lion Wrestling. That means he as access to top coaches, great practice partners, and the chance to compete in Open events. All this while still getting finishing high school and be close to his family. Best case scenario from that is PSU likes the development it sees and offers him some type of scholarship.
But we all know not everything works out best case, and some seem to think a PSU scholarship may not be in the cards. Well Matt still has options. He could still choose to attend Penn State as a now in-state student and wrestle there as a walk-on. Gets a great education, gets to be with his family, and still has a chance down the road to possibly get into the line-up. Heck maybe even get a partial scholarship. Or maybe he does ever get on the mat, could possibly even hang it up. He still gets the education and still is with his family.
Or maybe PSU doesn’t give him an offer but he shows enough development to get offers from other solid DI schools. Ends up with a good education and gets on the mat at a good DI school.
But again maybe we keep looking at “the glass half empty” result and he gets lost in the shuffle during this year and top college aren’t breaking the door down for him. Well I’m guessing at least another Pennsylvania school would male him an offer based on his prior national showing, what I suspect is a good academic record, and the fact he’s now considered an in-state resident. This would still allow him to wrestle and be close to the rest of his family.
If the NLWC was in the plans for this fall I’m sure the Lee family has consider all of these possible scenarios with Matt before deciding on anything. And from the scenarios mentioned above I can’t see any of them being looked at as a bad outcome.
But the NLWC route is still an if, since we have not heard anything official yet. This move could be all just speculation based previous family choice and we see him at EMD. Can’t say that a bad move. Or maybe he moves out to a Pennsylvania to be with family but goes to a Pennsylvania high school. Can’t say a year of Pennsylvania high school wrestling would be a bad thing. Or maybe he goes the route of attending a prep school someplace in Pennsylvania. That could help with some good college offers while being close to the family. Or heck maybe he goes prep to get in certain classes needed to attend a military academy, and eventually serve his country like his father. None of these option seem to be a negative either.
To make a long long set of scenarios short, the Lee family history seem to indicate they have made solid decision which given each boy a great opportunity at success. I don’t see that stopping with Matt. I also hope, despite all the comparison, Matt knows he’s is his own person and Indiana will be cheering him on regardless of what path path he chooses.