Krystofik Makes Presence Known in Ohio

Matt Krystofik is one to keep and eye on next season. The Ohio defensive prospect just finished a great season with stats to turn recruiters' heads. Krystofik is now preparing himself for his senior season and the recruiting attention it will bring.

Archbishop Alter High School linebacker star Matt Krystofik has seen BYU's defensive stands on national television and has liked what he has seen. "Well, BYU it's gotta be the defense," said Krystofik. "Coach Mendenhall runs that 3-3-5 defense and he's just a real intense defensive coordinator, and I love to play defense at either a middle linebacker or a defensive end. I just love that 3-3-5 defense. I'm in love with that defense."

Krystofik has set himself up for another All-State performance following a successful run his junior season. "I had 126 tackles, 5 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 4 defensive touchdowns [as a junior] and we ran a fake punt and I was the ball carrier and ran it for 3 yards," Krystofik recounted. "That was my only carry of the year."

Krystofik put aside weight lifting during in-season play, but looks to continue to fill out his 6'4", 220 pound frame in the off-season. "I'm 6'4", 220," Krystofik said. "I haven't been lifting at all since the beginning of football but right now I would say my bench press is around 245. I finished last year's squat around close to 400. I've got some long legs on me. I'm probably about a 4.7 around there."

Based on his performance as a junior year, local media and sporting outlets have garnished Krystofik with many accolades. "First Team All-League, First Team All-Southwest Ohio, First Team All-State," rattled off Krystofik. "Yeah I made All-State as a junior. I'm one of only three juniors in the state to make All-State in division three."

The school that most interest Krystofik include, "BYU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisville, Pitt, Ohio State of course and then Michigan State." Krystofik's current teammate WR/QB Danny Fortener, is also being looked at by BYU among other universities.

Of Fortener, Krystofik stated: "He's probably the fastest kid I've ever seen. You know that Brinton Harrison kid from CJ [Chaminade Julian High School], he verbally committed to go to Notre Dame and he ran a 4.24 at the Ohio State Camp, and then in the last game we lost to in the playoffs Danny turned the corner and actually out ran Harrison for 45 yards into the end zone. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I mean [Harrison] closed on him but there was a three yard interval where Danny just beat him and took it to the house. It was impressive."

At BYU Krystofik feels the unique culture and moral requirements fostered there wouldn't be much of a problem for him to adhere to. Archbishop Alter High School has a code of conduct similar to BYU's honor code.

"Yeah we have one at our high school," Krystofik said. "My high school is Archbishop Alter High School and it's a Catholic high school, and they just expect more of you. I mean, it's just as simple as that and they expect more of you and expect you to live a higher standard. I've been growing up in Catholic schools ever since and I've never gone to a public school, so I have it already drilled in my head right now and it's just expected of you."

For Krystofik, BYU's honor code is something that has become attractive to him as a student athlete looking for a university with higher values. "Absolutely because it challenges you to be a better person," Krystofik concluded. "Football and academics are the two things in my life right now."


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