"When I started, people were saying you're just a basketball player and you're soft," Matt Costakis said. "I just went out and wanted to hit people. I had no idea I could even play college football or any D-1 sport. I've worked hard at it and I'm really good at it. I'm really excited to have a chance at that and it's something I really want to do."
Costakis has seen his stock rise during the summer. He attended camps and combines all over the midwest. Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and more schools have shown strong interest.
In June, Costakis attended the Chicagoland Showcase camp at Northwestern and made an impression on coaches from a number of schools. That gave the wide receiver exposure and plenty of interest. Personally for Costakis, it showed him how good he can be.
"It built up my confidence," Costakis said. "Going up against some of the best and doing well against some of the best in the Midwest, it increased my confidence."
Northwestern had originally shown Costakis strong interest in the spring, but that has slowed down since. He left campus with a great feeling and hopes things pick up with the Wildcats.
"It was great," he said. "The stadium is amazing and the facilities are really nice. I'd love to go to Northwestern but I haven't really heard much from them since."
Costakis is hearing mostly from Indiana, Purdue, Northern Illinois, and Ball State. He's hoping to hear from Northwestern again. If that happens, he says the Wildcats will be one of his favorites.
"Out of all the campuses I've been to, (Northwestern) is the one I've enjoyed the most," said Costakis. "The academics are way up there and I loved the surrounding area of the campus. If they reached out to me, they'd be way up there."
As a junior, Costakis was a standout on both sides of the ball. He had five touchdown catches as a wide receiver. On defense, Costakis played safety and became a ballhawk. He finished with five interceptions including one for a touchdown.