Matthew Nehf

Matthew was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team as a lineman for the 2022 season. He was also named to the Detroit Free Press First Team All-State, Detroit News First Team All-State, Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Dream Team and the Lansing State Journal Dream Team. He was also on the Lansing State Journal All-Area team as a junior. Matthew was also Capital Area Activities Conference Blue Division All-League his junior (2021) and senior (2022) seasons.

Matthew was a three year starter for DeWitt that had outstanding success. The Panthers were a combined 33-6 including one state championship (2020), one runner up team in the state championship (2021) and a spot in the 2022 state semi-finals. Loaded with offensive talent, Nehf allowed those three teams to register 111 rushing touchdows and 97 passing touchdowns for a whopping offensive output of 208 touchdowns.

Matthew also played the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. He was a lineman on the 2020 state championship team that yielded only 7 points per game and 160 yards per game, one of the best in Panther history. His senior season he racked up 64 tackles including 8.5 sacks and six batted passes from his defensive end position.

Teamed with Broden Schafer, he and Nehf were a formidable pair on the Panther line. The two massive linemen were like a pair of bull dozers when pulling. By the third game of the season, Coach Rob Zimmerman revamped his offense more to a run focus. DeWitt set school records for first downs in a game with four games of 30 or more and a record of  35 against Grand Ledge. Behind his blocking, they rolled to a school record of 616 total yards against Grand Ledge.

Coach Rob Zimmerman said of Nehf, "I am incredibly proud of Matthew. Not only did he become one of the best linemen that has ever put on a DeWitt jersey but has also become a tremendous leader and an incredible young man from a character standpoint. There is no doubt in my mind that he will go on to CMU and have a great career there as well."

Nehf will continue his career at Central Michigan University.