Notre Dame has been recruiting Matt Romine (6-foot-7, 275 pounds) for a year and a half, but it won't be long before he's ready to announce his decision.
"If everything works out I'll be announcing at the U. S. Army All-American game," Romine said of his pending announcement January 6. "I'm going over all my options, and I'm set on announcing there. It's not binding so I won't have to do it if I haven't come to a decision, but I'm set on making my announcement there.
"I'm down to Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, There isn't anymore narrowing down. I'll just pick one of those four. I got back from a visit to Miami yesterday and I'm starting to think things over. I'm starting to get an idea of the school I want to pick. I'm thinking over each visit. I'm thinking over the positives and the negatives and then I'll really just go from here."
"Each school offers different opportunities," Matt said. "Every school has positive aspects and a few drawbacks, so now it's down to where I feel more comfortable. Then you look at where you'll be living, what their schedule is and what their plan is for you.
Matt has visited Notre Dame several times so he understands what it offers.
"With Notre Dame, they don't have a lot of depth on the offensive line and I like the academics," Matt explained. "Coach Latina said that if I come to Notre Dame that he'd come down in January when they're allowed to make in-home visits and that he'd teach me the playbook so that I'll be able to come in and start at left tackle.
"What I noticed about coach Latina, he puts himself on the same level as the players. He doesn't put himself on a pedestal. You have to take suggestions from the players. If his guys have done something wrong, he wants them to ask why they've done it wrong. I like that he doesn't think of himself any higher than his players.
"The players said that he'll coach you hard, and that he isn't the nicest guy at times, but when it's all said and done that he's a great coach and a great guy. He gets on you like you want a coach to get on you."
Dominant offensive tackles are difficult to find in college, but Romine believe he will be able to prove his worth once he competes against the top players at the U.S. Army All-American game.
"I'm looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all the other players," Romine said. "I'm also looking forward to the competition and going against the best players in the country to see where I stand.
"People have speculated that I'll play guard, but every single coach I've been recruited by wants me as a tackle. I'd play guard, but I really don't have the guard body type. Footwork and pass protecting ability is my strength."