Before Nebraska (Leesville HS)
Matthew Anderson was a standout at Leesville High School in Louisiana, where he was a key member of an offensive line that helped Leesville win 23 games over his junior and senior seasons. Anderson was a three-time district champion for the Wampus Cats.
Anderson helped Leesville to a 13-1 record as a senior, when the team posted a perfect regular season for the first time in the school’s 98-year history and advanced to the semifinals of the Louisiana Class 4A state playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years. Anderson was recognized as a first-team all-state selection by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association as a senior, in addition to being named to the all-composite team, which was made up of the top players in Class 1A through Class 5A. He was also named to the USA Today All-Louisiana team. Anderson, who helped Leesville to a 10-2 record as a junior, also played tennis for the Wampus Cats and was captain of the chess team.