High School: Prepped at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma. Three year starter for the Timberwolves. Compiled a 7-0 record with a 1.90 ERA. Struck out 51 hitters in 40 innings as a senior. Named to the All-City team as a senior. A two sport athlete at Norman, Southard was also a starter on the basketball team.
Personal: Born April 18, 1992. The son of Clay and Janet Southard. Matt has one sister, Whitney.