Prospect: Jacob Matuska
High School: Columbus (OH) Bishop Hartley
Game Against: Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers
Positions Played In Game: Defensive End, Tight End
Projected College Position: Defensive End / Nose Guard
HT | WT: 6-5 | 265 lbs.
We first saw Matuska in December of 2010 as he helped Bishop Hartley to the Ohio Divisoin IV state title. At the time he stood 6-foot-4, 225-pounds playing both ways and talked about his early devotion to Notre Dame. Catching him in action as a senior allows the opportunity to see how much he's changed physically and on the field.Position One: Tight End
This is the position many though Matuska would receive college interest from. More of a pro-style tight end, Matuska has the physical size to man-up and block one-on-one against speed rushers or stout defensive linemen. While not a flex tight end, Matuska has enough speed to stretch the field, make a catch and gain a few yards afterwards.
There is also an outside chance the Irish could also look at Matuska as an offensive lineman if the need would arise. However, the ability to project to the tight end position makes him an extra safe recruit.
Position Two: Defensive End
With the ability to line-up on the inside or outside shoulder, Matuska can combine an above average first step and power to rush the passer. He also has the physical size to match-up one-on-one with a tight-end or tackle or take on a double team. One things we always look for is if a player is capable of getting off blocks and making the tackle in front of him, Matuska does that extremely well.
In the passing game we loved the tenacity Matuska showed coming off the edge going after the quarterback and his ability to change direction with great body control.
Something we did not expect to see was Matuska out in space where on a couple of occasions he split out and covered a slot receiver in space showing his athletic ability.
What Should Irish Fans Expect
From all indication we expect Matuska to come in and battle at defensive end. With his physical size you could also see the Irish look to add weight to his frame and move him down inside much like they did with Tony Springmann. Either way the Irish will be getting a player capable of playing on both sides of the ball at multiple positions if needed.