Matuska Commits to Notre Dame

Jacob Matuska

Bishop Hartley (Columbus, Ohio) two-way prospect Jacob Matuska made a non-binding oral commitment to play for Notre Dame. He is the second member of the 2013 class.

Jacob Matuska grew up dreaming about playing for Notre Dame. It was his childhood favorite, and after his sophomore season he told IrishEyes.com he was excited to see if the Irish had any interest.

Well, Notre Dame liked the Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley High prospect so much, it offered him a scholarship late last month. After the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Matuska made a weekend visit to campus, he took a few days to think about it and decided Notre Dame was the place for him.

Matuska, who was recruited to play defensive end, gave the Irish a non-binding oral commitment, and he joins four-star offensive lineman Steve Elmer of Midland (Mich.) High as commits in the 2013 class.

"He's incredibly athletic. He's one of the top basketball players in Columbus," Bishop Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said. "He plays tight end and outside linebacker for us. He can run with vertical routes and he can rush the passer. He's got all the tools you would expect from someone who could play at Notre Dame."

As a junior, Matuska caught nine passes for 135 yards and four touchdowns. He made 33 tackles while showing the athleticism to play linebacker in high school, and at this point he was recruited to play defensive end. However, that can change as the recruiting class takes shape since Matuska is also a very good tight end.

"He's really tough," Burchfield said. "He's a great kid and he's obviously a very talented player. He's a high motor kid and he's a winner. He was obviously highly recruited, one of the top kids in Ohio.

"They're getting a great player, a great kid. They're getting the perfect fit for what they're doing and we're all really excited about it. He's excited, Notre Dame is excited, and it's going to be a perfect fit."

Matuska also had offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern, and South Florida, but settled on the Irish.

However, it wasn't because of his dream of playing for the Irish.

"He's a really smart kid so he weighed all his options," Burchfield said. "He loves Notre Dame and he loves what they're doing there. It's fantastic."

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