Slidell’s Matthew LaFerrara commits to McNeese State _lowres

Matthew LaFerrara of Slidell

The McNeese State football staff has been busy in St. Tammany Parish.

Coach Matt Viator and his Cowboys picked up their second commitment for the Class of 2016 in the past two weeks when Slidell safety Matthew LaFerrara verbally committed.

“(Assistant coach) Manny Michel called me after our game against Destrehan, and that is when I got the scholarship offer,” LaFerrara said. “They want me as a safety, and we had been talking for a while. I have made the trip to Lake Charles and camped there a couple of times. I was able to impress them enough, I guess, to be able to get an offer.

“The coaching staff is what sold me on those guys and committing right now. I love how intense they are. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the coaching staff wants me to come in and compete for playing time right away. Their interest in me was why I like them.”

Slidell coach Larry Favre said McNeese is getting a solid player.

“Matt is one of those motor guys that college coaches talk about,” he said. “College coaches see his game film, and they have said, when he is on the field, his motor never shuts off. He plays the game wide open and puts his body on the line. That is the kind of athlete they are getting. They are also getting a great kid off the field, a kid the coaching staff will be able to count on to do the right things on and off the field.”

LaFerrara, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety, was a member of the District 6-5A first-team squad last year at linebacker after making 94 tackles (12 for loss) with five sacks. He also had five interceptions, forced four fumbles (recovering one) and broke up six passes.

LaFerrara joins Covington offensive lineman Adam Joiner as the Cowboys’ other verbal pledge for the Class of 2016 from St. Tammany Parish.