The Rebels will return experience and add depth to the secondary this year.
UNLV: An athletic junior college defensive back joins the Rebels this season ... Reunites with high school teammate Adonis Smith and JC teammate Aaron Criswell.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played one season at College of San Mateo located in San Mateo, CA ... Named to the First Team All Nor-Cal in only season at CSM ... Led the Bulldogs with four interceptions and ranked second on the team with 65 total tackles ... Also ran track at CSM.
CAL POLY: Started collegiate career at Cal Poly ... Was a member of the team during the 2011 season but did not record any statistics ... Redshirted freshman year in 2010.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA ... Earned two letters after lining up at safety, wide receiver and quarterback for the Padres under coach Patrick Walsh ... Earned West Catholic Athletic League co-defensive back of the year honors as a senior ... Earned first-team all-league honors after recording 117 tackles (64 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception and six pass breakups ... Notched double-digit tackles in six games, including 20 against Bellarmine Prep and 16 versus St. Francis ... On offense, caught nine passes for 62 yards ... Helped Padres to 6-6 overall record as a senior and a berth in semifinals in CIF-Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, losing to eventual champion Bellarmine Prep ... Helped the Padres to an 8-4 record as a junior and a WCAL championship ... Finished the season with 96 tackles and one interception ... Also was a two-year letterwinner in basketball and track where he competed in the long jump and triple jump.
Personal: Matthew Raymond Viñal was born Sept. 25, 1991 in Santa Clara, CA ... Son of Bob and Trudy Viñal ... Both parents are San Diego State graduates ... Has two sisters, Therese and Michelle ... Therese played volleyball at Colorado.