Colleges looking for a big, athletic tight end have found their way to Rochester Adams' Matt Sokol, a 6'5, 220-lb prospect who played quarterback the last two seasons, but has the tools to make the positional switch if need be.
"I'm open to both," he said. "I feel like I am able to play both at a high level. I'll be playing quarterback for the rest of my high school career even though both offers I've received are at tight end. I think the transition will be pretty easy. I've played tight end before, and I'm sure wherever I end up playing, I'll get good coaching and can be the best tight end can be. If someone out there wants me to play quarterback, I'm open to that too."
Sokol currently has offers from Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan. The Falcons were his first, and that was an important moment for the young man.
"It was big, overwhelming, and I was extremely honored. I was really grateful all the hard work finally paid off and the process had opened up, and new doors were going to open. I was honored to be offered by such a good school. I wasn't expecting it. I hadn't talked to BG too much before except maybe a week and a half-two weeks before. I was very humbled. It was a good experience."
The Falcons had Sokol and several other Michigan based prospects to their campus and he says he liked what he saw.
"I visited with our 7 on 7 team. Our team had its own little visit. The campus was great. It was cool seeing the players working out there. I got along with all the coaches. They seem like good guys and seemed real nice."
Shortly after receiving that first offer, a second came from in-state Eastern Michigan, a program Sokol had seen play a couple times before.
"Two days later I got a phone call from my head coach saying I need to give EMU a call, so I called Coach Hart. My dad played football at Army, so I've seen Army play Eastern a couple times and Eastern beat down on them both times pretty bad. They're both great campuses. I couldn't believe how fast it was, right after BG, two days later, I called Eastern, and again, I was just very honored. The doors are opening."
Of course, these are not the only two schools recruiting Sokol, and he is hoping the recent momentum in his process continues.
"Michigan State, I'm not sure if their junior day already happened or not, but I'm hoping to get to that one. I've heard from Akron, Wisconsin a little bit, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Oregon, Syracuse, and I was just at Toledo for junior day."
And when more schools come calling, it won't matter if they want him catching passes or throwing them.
"I don't want to close the door on either one. I'm just keeping my options open. They're two totally different positions, but I've played both my whole life, and I'm definitely looking forward to being the best I can."