Hard-hitting 2018 LB Matthew Stuckey has three offers

Olympia Fields (Ill.) Rich Central 2018 LB Matthew Stuckey has three scholarship offers and has a host of other schools looking his way.

There is a lot to like about Matthew Stuckey.

The Rich Central linebacker was an All-Area and All-Conference performer as a junior. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, he has room to add weight, but shows speed and willingness to strike and hit with explosion on his tape. In addition to what he has done on the football field, he is an honor student in the classroom.

That combination of academic and athletic prowess has brought about offers from Northern IllinoisBall State and Illinois State with the in-state Huskies jumping on first.

"Receiving my first offer was a stress reliever," he said. "I remember talking to my dad saying how I hadn't gotten offered yet and he told me to be patient. Well, a couple of weeks later, NIU offered. When Coach Copeland had told me the news, I was ecstatic. My dad was happy, he said 'I told you so, now keep grinding.'"

He followed that up with Ball State, the second MAC school to offer.

"I have been to Ball State," he said. "I enjoyed myself. The campus is nice. What I most liked about the visit was how they stressed the importance of being a family, being one, and to top it, they offered me, which put a big smile on my mom's face."

There are a lot of other schools in contact and Stuckey plans to visit some of them soon.

"I have three junior day visits coming up this month. On the 19th, I'm going to Illinois State with teammates Lamontae Alston and Jyran Mitchell. On the 20th, I'm going to Miami (Ohio), and on the 25th, I'm going to Illinois. April 1st, I'm going to South Dakota."


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