Sam Gans | Thursday, February 7, 2013
6’4″ • 235
Bishop Hartley High School
Jacob Matuska played both tight end and defensive end in high school and with his big frame could be placed at either position for Notre Dame. Matuska, however, will likely line up on defense for the Irish.
The second member of the class to commit behind offensive lineman Steve Elmer, Matuska pledged to the Irish on March 7, 2012.
Though lacking great speed for a tight end, Matuska’s size makes him difficult to cover. Matuska averaged 21.75 yards per catch his senior season and hauled in four touchdowns. His biggest strength as a tight end may be his run blocking due to his size and good technique.
Defensively, he racked up 49 tackles and three interceptions in 2012. Matuska likely will provide depth for the Irish as a freshman and not make an immediate big impact as he adjusts to the college game.