What he brings: Matthew is something of a hidden gem. He was a totally unknown commodity to most who cover recruiting coming out of East Chicago where his high school team was not very successful, but Matt has some major talent to work with. At 6-6, 300 – he still has the frame to add on more weight and remain light on his feet. My assumption is that he will play in the 315-320 range. Matt is very athletic and is quick for a young man of his size. He has good feet and is strong. His technique is not the greatest at this point, but coaching will certainly help him in this area. The best attribute that you can see on film for Matt, is that he never seems to get off balance in blocking and never leaves his feet unless he needs to.
Areas of improvement: Much like fellow OL recruit Kitt O'Brien, Matt did not play at a high level of competition in high school. Despite coming from a larger school and a larger class, his team did not excel against quality competition, so stepping up his game to meet the level needed for college play will be something he needs to work on. Also, as I stated before, Matt has to shore up some things in the technique area. Finally, I would like to see Matt, as with all linemen, grow a little bit of a mean streak and finish off the guy across from him every play.
BallStateInsider.com grade: Matt has all the tools necessary to make a successful OT. He is quick, light on his feet and has size. If he can work hard in the areas that he needs to develop in, the sky is the limit for this young man. Look for him to be brought along slowly as older players ahead of him play, but down the road, this young man could really be a force in the Mid-American Conference for Ball State.