February 22, 2012
Hartley's Matuska offered by Notre Dame; OSU-Michigan battle heating up
The last time Jacob Matuska was involved in a significant football play, the ball went just off the fingertips of the star tight end on a two-point conversion attempt as the Hartley football team lost to Kenton 30-28 in a Division IV regional final last November.
Over the next few days, it was discovered that Matuska needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus and would miss most of the current basketball season.
Nothing has seemed to slow Matuska, however, when it's come to his college future on the football field.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder whose residence is Pickerington has picked up 10 offers according to his profile on ScoutingOhio.com, with the latest coming Sunday night from Notre Dame.
For Matuska, a Catholic school like Notre Dame could be right at the top of his list.
A first-team all-district and second-team all-state selection who also helped the Hawks win the 2010 state title, Matuska has forced recruiters to take notice because of his superior speed (4.77 in 40) for someone his size.
His ability to bounce back quickly from an injury probably isn't hurting anything, either. He returned to the basketball court in January and should be a key factor in whether the Hawks make it back to the state tournament after their run last season.
Over the coming weeks, I'm planning to chat with Matuska as he nails down his college decision.
Cincinnati, Nebraska and Michigan also reportedly have offered.
*Speaking of Michigan ...
Brady Hoke has done quite a rebuilding job since taking over last year, first signing a pair of five-star prospects for 2012 (Kyle Kalis and Ondre Pipkins) and then getting eight players from the 2013 class to commit over a two-day period last weekend. While Taco Charlton and Jake Butt were the latest local guys to commit, Hoke already has a five-star quarterback (Shane Morris from DeLaSalle) also locked up.
What will Ohio State counter-punch with? Urban Meyer reportedly is heavy after a big-play wide receiver as well as a defensive back. One of his latest offers was Orlando wide receiver Tony Stevens, a 6-3, 175-pounder who is considered a three-star recruit.
It'll be interesting to see if the Buckeyes go after Walnut Ridge wide receiver Rob Wheelwright or if he'll end up being a fall-back option.
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