Four-star offensive lineman Matt Bockhorst continues to rack up scholarship offers, but he’s still waiting on two powerhouse programs.
“Maryland offered a couple weeks ago and Duke is coming in to see me within the next couple weeks,” said Bockhorst, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. “Nothing is new with OSU or Notre Dame. The coaching staffs still need to evaluate their need on offensive line in my class, or so they say.”
Bockhorst has remained patient throughout the process but one of his offers sticks out above the rest.
“I want to see what happens with a couple other schools before I make any decisions but I will say I really like Penn State,” he said.
That feeling stems from a recent visit to Happy Valley with teammate Sean Clifford, a junior quarterback who committed to the Nittany Lions this past summer. Bockhorst also visited Michigan State.
“Both went very well,” Bockhorst said. “Michigan State had a lot of recruits on hand but they did a good job and I got to talk to coach (Mark) Dantonio for a little bit. Penn State was awesome. Being with Sean and everything, they really showed what Penn State was all about. I had a great time at both schools but I'd say Penn State edged Michigan State.”
Clifford is doing his best to encourage his teammate to follow him to Penn State.
Bockhorst will visit Notre Dame on Oct. 17 for the Irish game against USC. He’s also considering a trip to Clemson this season.
For now, Bockhorst will continue to focus on the task at hand, which is leading the 4-1 Bombers back to the playoffs.
Through five games, Bockhorst has done his part to help the St. Xavier running backs average more than five yards per carry.
“Without trying to sound too cocky, I'd say I'm having a ridiculous year,” he said. “My film should speak for itself, but I dominate on most plays.”
Bockhorst credits his work in the weight room for his success this season.
“I mean, just my overall strength has improved since last year,” he said. “I was still a 15-year old kid last year but having another year in the weight room for my body to mature has been awesome and with my strength I can trust in my technique more and play within myself.”
St. Xavier hosts Elder and Notre Dame commitment Tommy Kraemer on Friday.