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Quesada rises into elite Bay Area receiver

Matthew Quesada catches a pass during a 7-0 Cal Strength win on Feb. 6, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Matthew Quesada catches a pass during a 7-0 Cal Strength win on Feb. 6, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Pittsburg senior receiver Matthew Quesada can’t stop crediting those around him for helping him reach where he is today. 

How current coaches at Pittsburg. His former coaches when he played at Freedom. His coaches at Cal Strength. His parents. His grandparents for everything they’ve done, whether that’s giving him a weight room or everything else they have provided their grandson with to continue bettering himself.

All of those individuals push Quesada every single day, part of what’s been a successful venture as a student-athlete in the Bay Area. 

“To help my family out,” Quesada said. “That’s what motivates me. I want to put my family, like my mom, my dad, everybody, just make sure that they’re good.”

For much of his career, Quesada was well ahead of the curve – ever since his tackle football career started in seventh grade.

As a freshman, Quesada really began standing out and thought that he could become a college football player sometime, and as his time in the pads continued developing, the more and more that dream became a possibility.

Quesada’s junior season at Freedom featured a team-high 853 yards and eight touchdowns en route to All-Bay Valley Athletic League honors. His 853 receiving yards ranked No. 15 in the North Coast Section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps, and were No. 2 in the BVAL, only behind that of Brian Pierce, who signed with UC Davis. 

“The coaches that just taught me everything is just what made me successful and where I am today,” Quesada said.

With the pandemic pushing back the football season, Quesada made sure to utilize the extra time to his advantage focusing on adding more muscle and increasing his speed, along with improving the mental aspect of his game.

And, as part of Cal Strength’s travel football squad in the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League, Quesada shined against some of the best talent the west coast has to offer and keyed a Cal Strength run that featured a 5-1 record that was tops among teams from Northern California.

In three of the six games in Southern California, Quesada eclipsed 30 yards, highlighted by an 89-yard effort on two catches in the regular season finale.

What the circuit showed Quesada was he’s got even more in store when football games roll around at Pittsburg.

“It actually went good,” Quesada said. “A little bit better than I expected. As far as film wise, it was shorter quarters, but it still got us good film and the senior film that I possibly can’t get, so it got me a little bit more and it got me film to show colleges what I could now.”

The recruiting process has been tough for many seniors like Quesada, who in addition to not being able to play football as a senior until the spring, is also dealing with all players at the collegiate level getting a free year of eligibility, with numerous seniors across the country deciding to return for one more year.

But Quesada continues to stick to the process and is ready for every opportunity thrown his way.

“It means a lot to me because then they would have the trust to put a lot of money into me, and I will always give them what they expect,” Quesada said.

Ahead of his final high school campaign and his one year at Pittsburg, Quesada is ready to showcase even more of his abilities and produce in big ways for a Pittsburg team that won a BVAL crown last year, was a North Coast Section runner-up to De La Salle and was tabbed as the No. 3 team in the Bay Area preseason rankings. 

“If it happens, because I heard it’s a five-game season, I’m going to put up some numbers, impressive numbers for a five-game season,” Quesada said. “And just go in and be 5-0 and have fun with the team.”

1 Comment

  1. Anthony Aiello on February 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    That’s my Nephew! He works hard & as a ball player myself for many years it’s the hard work and determination and commitment is what’s going to get you to where you need to be I tell him that all the time he’s a good kid and would make a great teammate and some college very happy to have signed him.

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