Matt Sokol – Rochester Adams (Mich.) tight end
Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 220 pounds
Commitment date: May 13, 2013
Why Michigan State: "It's definitely appealing that State is only about an hour and a half away from home. This way I can definitely see my parents and see my family. I'm very excited about the program as Coach (Mark) Dantonio has built a successful program and done just a tremendous job every year."
Sokol is one of two early enrollees, joining linebacker Chris Frey. The Rochester Adams quarterback is going to make the transition from throwing the ball to catching it – and blocking – for the Spartans.
He brings a great deal of athleticism, but blocking will be the area he has to learn to see the field because that is something he doesn't have a lot of experience with. He showed he can run routes, catch the ball and be a threat in 7 on 7 and that was enough for Michigan State to take him.
With the emergence of tight end Josiah Price as a red-zone threat in the second half of the season and with others in the mix, a redshirt would be likely for Sokol to learn routes, pass blocking and run blocking – a big transition for a high school tight end let alone a high school quarterback.
He comes from a good high school program and brings good leadership and character to MSU, something that can't be undervalued. He reflects his parents in his character, both of whom were in the Army. Sokol is a fun one to watch with lots of upside for the Spartans.