Caught 17 passes for 274 yards and two TDs as senior in '00 at North
Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Fla. . . . also played defensive
end . . . rated 78th among Florida prospects by Orlando Sentinel . . .
rated 29th among Florida prospects by SuperPrep . . . rated number-one
tight end in Florida for 2000 . . . helped North Florida Christian to
titles as junior and senior . . . captain of team as senior . . . caught
19 passes for 301 yards as junior in '99 . . . earned a letter at
quarterback as sophomore . . . won two letters as forward and center in
basketball . . . father Jack Root was second-team Academic All-American as
football fullback at Stanford (1965-67) . . . attended Notre Dame football
camp in summer of '00 . . . full name is Matt P. Root . . . second oldest
of three children . . . born 9-29-82 in Palo Alto, Calif. . . . enrolled
First Year of Studies.