Former St. Joseph standout Tyler Matakevich gave his verbal commitment to Temple today.
“Oh my God,” the 6-foot-1, 213-pound linebacker said. “I’m so happy to finally get this done after all that hard work. It’s finally paid off.”
Matakevich was a two-time all-state player who led the Hogs to back-to-back state championship victories in 2009-10. Temple, coached by Connecticut native Steve Addazio, was hot on his trail after a stand-out season at Milford Academy.
Matakevich said he impressed Temple and a number of colleges at a postseason college combine a few days after Thanksgiving. “It was probably the best day off football in my life,” he said. “Everything went great after that.”
He took a visit to Philadelphia and said he loved the atmosphere and the close-knit relationship with the players and coaches.
“I love everything about Temple,” he said. “It’s in downtown Philly but the biggest part is the coaches. The coaches make you feel at home. Players are awesome, it was so cool to hang out with them.”
Temple visited with Matakevich today and left with his commitment. He will start classes on Jan. 17.
Matakevich said his postgrad year at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. made all the difference. He started every game at linebacker.
“It paid off for me mentally, physically,” he said. “Milford makes you a football player. I can’t thank Coach (Bill) Chaplick and all the coaches at Milford and all my coaches at St. Joseph… Everyone who helped me out. I can’t thank them enough.
“I’ll definitely be a learning experience. Going in now in the spring semester gives me a good jump on every one else coming in next season. I went to Milford, I know what it takes to play college ball a little bit I’m going in there to compete.”