PA lineman is more than an ordinary player

Sometimes, one needs to look at more than statistics or awards when evaluating a prospect. One thing I consider is his off the field interests. A prospect's off the field interests will tell you a lot about a person's character and desire. Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing a very interesting young man who had some adventurous hobbies.

OG Matt Daube 6-3, 290 5.3 Dallas High School. Matt is very active in the Boy Scouts of America and is close to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Scouting has given Matt the opportunity to live life on the edge while getting ready to partake in some truly remarkable adventures. He has backpacked the Cimarron Mountains in New Mexico, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in New York. It's rather ironic that Dallas High School's mascot is the Mountaineer.

What is the most demanding part of these trips? "It's not easy carrying a 50 lb. backpack while hiking in the mountains."

Don't let the Boy Scout reference fool you though; Matt is quite the football player. He has been getting written interest from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, NC State, Connecticut, and Akron. Matt wouldn't mind following in the footsteps of former Mountaineer lineman John Simonitis, who is the starting right guard for the University of Pittsburgh. His list of early favorites includes Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Penn State, Iowa, and Indiana.

Connecticut has an in with Daube as well. His aunt and uncle are both graduates of Connecticut and he has two cousins who are freshmen there as well. Matt's father Art is originally from the Danbury area of Connecticut. The Daubes spent 5 years in Steubenville, OH, which gave them a chance to experience a taste of Western Pennsylvania.

"We are fans of the Penguins and Steelers, and we try to watch as many Pitt games as we can." stated Matt.

Matt is currently working out under the watchful eye of one of his uncles, who hails from Connecticut. His uncle is a competition power lifter who competes drug free and has his own power lifting team. He is also a personal trainer, so he is helping Matt get the most out of his body and trains Matt in speed, conditioning, and psychology. The psychology part of the training teaches Matt how to harness everything and apply it to athletics.

Matt has attended junior day at Maryland and enjoyed his trip. He has been invited to Wisconsin, Virginia, and Tennessee. Tennessee has invited him to take in spring practice.

"I am trying to figure out where all I am going to go."

The 2nd team Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star plays in a run oriented offense with a scrambling quarterback.

"Our QB is only 5-8, so he has trouble seeing over the line, he is always scrambling. When he takes off running it makes us hold our blocks longer than normal."

Are there any particular players in the NFL or college that you watch, and try to use their styles to incorporate them into your game?

"I like to watch John Simonitis from Pittsburgh, He was a senior when I was a freshman. In the NFL I just try and watch all the line play and see how they do it."

What are important factors in your selection process, when deciding if a school is right for you?

"I want them to have my major English Education or Communications. They should have a good reputation, and I have to like the atmosphere."

What other sports do you participate in?

"I throw the shot put and the discus for the track team. I finished 4th in the District in the shot with a throw of 46' 1"."

When will you announce your choice?

"If I get the right offer, I will probably do it right away. I want to get all the BS out of the way so I can concentrate on football and school."

Daube bench presses 325 lbs. and squats 575 lbs. His vertical jump is 26" and he maintains a 2.3 GPA. Daube plans on taking his SAT'S in May for the first time.

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