Virgina Tech

A local high school football standout’s journey

By Zach Gray |

Former Nease High School football standout Matt Roth understands the relentless work ethic that is required to become a top player.

For the past two seasons, the 18-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach native has been the fixture of Nease’s defense and an absolute terror for opposing quarterbacks. Roth’s accomplishments for his senior season include 65 tackles, a team leading 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and most importantly, a full scholarship to continue his career at Virginia Tech University. He was also named to the all-county team for the 2010 season and was ranked in the Gainesville Sun’s Top 50 players in Florida that same year. Despite such impressive achievements, Roth is the first to acknowledge that the journey into the limelight has been anything but a walk in the park.