Throughout his football career, Columbus, Ohio, defensive end Jacob
Matuska has received a piece of straight and simple advice from within
the confines of his home.
"My dad always tells me, if you aren't getting better," Matuska said,
"you're getting worse."
The Notre Dame coaching staff no doubt feels its recruiting class of
2013 got much better Wednesday morning when Matuska called Irish coach
Brian Kelly and informed him he had picked ND over Michigan.
Matuska is the second player to verbally commit to the class currently
being assembled, joining Midland, Mich., offensive tackle Steve Elmer.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Matuska, who plays at Bishop Hartley High
School, made an unofficial visit to ND last weekend, weeks after
visiting Ann Arbor.
"I liked both places for different reasons," said Matuska, who also
had offers from Nebraska and Oklahoma, among others.
"These past couple days were tough and kind of stressful, but
(Tuesday) I talked with a few more people and I got the feel yesterday
that I knew Notre Dame was the place."
Matuska was listed as a tight end and defensive end by recruiting