RECRUITING: Sooners offer Minnesota lineman

St. Paul, Minn. offensive lineman Matt Carufel talks about his game, favorites and interest in OU.

MATT CARUFEL, OL, 6'5, 282, 5.3, ST. PAUL (CRETIN DERHAM HS), MINNESOTA:

Matt Carufel is drawing attention from coast-to-coast and without question is one of the best offensive line prospects in the Big 10 area. Carufel will go into his senior season as a three-year starter and he has played every position in the offensive line, except center.

"I haven't played center or tight end, but that is all I haven't played along the front line," said Carufel. "In every game, I usually play all four positions. I will even play all four positions in a given drive. I play a different position depending on the formation. I play left tackle usually when it is a pass formation, then I will play guard or when it is a run play or a strong set of our formation.

"We don't run the ball every time behind me because defenses would get set on what we are doing. We mix it up sometimes, but I move around quite a bit and our offensive line changes positions quite a bit."

The fact that Carufel can play so many positions has certainly drawn some interest from college coaches.

"They are recruiting me at both tackle and guard," said Carufel. "I will more than likely wind up at guard. I know most players want to hear that they are going to be the left guard, but I am not one of those guys. I just want to play where I can help the team. I think most coaches feel I am going to be a better guard in college."

Carufel can bench 320 pounds and squat 420 five times. He also throws the shot and discus in track, and he set a personal record in the discus last week at 146 feet.

Carufel went to the Minnesota summer camp last summer and he went to a Florida spring practice. Carufel has also taken unofficial visits to Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Miami.

He has been offered by 13 schools thus far and is keeping an open mind at this point.

"I have not narrowed my recruiting down at all," said Carufel. "I have been offered by Oklahoma, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan State and Washington."

So what are Carufel's thoughts on OU?

"They were the last to offer me," said Carufel. "I have just started to think about them a little bit. I have watched them the last couple of bowl games, but I have just started to watch college football the last couple of years. I really don't know the history of college football like some guys do. I am just starting to learn about the traditions of all these guys and how good they have been in football. I chose the schools that I visited on junior days based on who had offered me at that time. Then I went to Florida on spring break and by that time both Miami and Florida had offered me, so I dropped by to see there schools."

Carufel has qualified.


Sooners Illustrated Top Stories