Dreams to be Irish

One of the standout performers in the Ohio High School Division IV State Championship game was sophomore tight end Jacob Matuska of Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley. Irish Eyes spoke with Jacob following the game.

When you stand 6-foot-4, 225-pounds and still have two years of high school football in front of you, there is a good chance you might have a future at the next level.

When you have all that and also play a pivotal role in your teams success, college coaches are sure to take notice. That will be the case for Jacob Matuska of Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley.

Matusa may have only caught one pass on the day, however, that catch was for a 3 yard touchdown that gave Bishop Hartley a 27-13 advantage on their way to the schools second state championship.

After the game, Matuska talked about those who have give him early interest, while also stating his devotion to Notre Dame.

Jacob Matuska
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"I've been brought up Catholic my whole life and my family are very strong Catholics. I have been a big fan of Notre Dame all my live and I can't wait to see if they have interest in me in the future.

While Matusa still has two years left in high school, he knows he's enjoyed a size advantage but refuses to stop working.

"I'm bigger than most kids right now, but I know I still need come out and work hard so I can continue getting better."

While he currently plays in a run dominate offense, that does not bother him in the least.

I love blocking. I look at Jason Witten as the type of tight end I would like to be like. He's a big tight end who does all the things you need to do. I feel I can only get better as a player and I'm pretty good at running after the catch. But I love blocking."

While the Irish have not had any contact with Jacob, a few other programs have already started to show interest.

"I went down to Cincinnati for their game against Oklahoma this season. This was my first recruiting experience and I went down with my family. They were happy for me and I was happy to be there."

While he's ready to enjoy his teams championship, Jacob knows there should be enough talent coming back for the Hawks to make a return trip.

"We'll miss our quarterback and several of the seniors from this years team. But we have a few other kids and I feel we'll be fine."

Irish Eyes will stay in contact in the coming months to see if the Irish show interest in the talented tight end.

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