Mucha All About Football And Family

Matthew Mucha is one of those players, one of those early commitments, that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy appreciated highly. Mucha committed to OSU early and stayed rock solid with the Cowboys all the way through the recruiting process.

Even when Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Wickline went along with longtime coaching friend Charlie Strong to Texas, Mucha didn't blink. He just said he knew that Gundy would find a good offensive line coach to work with him and the rest of the blockers up front.

Part of the reason that Mucha stuck with his commitment so solidly became apparent when I asked him about what was important to him away from football. There was no hesitation; the answer was family.

"It is definitely family, and I love spending time with my family," said Mucha. "My father is John and my mother is Adrienne and then I have a brother Nick and a sister Nichole. My brother and my father, we like to go hunting and fishing together. We hunt mainly deer and turkey. We're really close and I feel like I have an advantage thanks to my family."

Mucha should have an advantage in school, as he is a good student. "I'm looking at something in engineering (for a major)," Mucha said about his academic interest.

And as Mucha finishes up high school at Clear Lake, he is proud that along with his friends and classmates on the Falcons squad, they have brought the program back and Clear Lake is close to getting in the playoffs.

"We really improved and finished with a 6-4 record," Mucha said, explaining that Clear Lake was 3-7 in the 2012 season. "We were in the race for the playoffs and just missed on some wild tiebreakers. I felt like we had a really good season."

Now he is looking forward to having a good college experience. He is a little undersized, and will need a redshirt season and some time to grow in order to handle Division I defensive linemen. You can expect that Gundy will be patient with Mucha. That is how you reward loyalty.

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