While many kids his age are trying to figure out which video game to put into the Xbox, Matthew Hutnyan is thinking on a much bigger scale.
Hutnyan lives in Irvine and is a 12-year-old seventh grader at Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin. But he is anything but your average middle schooler. He stands out among his peers, literally, at 5 feet 8, 170 pounds, and also boasts a 4.0 grade-point average.
An academic scholarship is a goal of Hutnyan's after his four years of high school at Orange Lutheran. But he's also on a course that could lead to an athletic scholarship.
Hutnyan, an offensive lineman, recently finished up his season with the Irvine Chargers in Junior All-American Football, then went on to participate on the Offense-Defense football camp at Chapman University, from which he was selected to participate in last month's Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, a weeklong event in Texas.