It may have taken a while, but the Miami Hurricanes got their man at QB in the 2019 recruiting class. Who is the player that fulfills Recruiting Rule #1? Houston (TX) 3-star QB Peyton Matocha.
I’ve written a lot about Matocha (muh-TOE-kuh) recently, seeing as he just committed to Miami a couple of weeks ago. So, let’s run back the narrative from that time:
At 6’4” 204lbs, Matocha has good size and nice athleticism for the QB position. Not only does Matocha have good size, but he has outstanding on-field performance as well. As a senior, Matocha completed 253 of 440 passes (57.5% completions) for 3697 yards, 35 TDs and 13 INTs, while adding 146 carries for 787 yards and 14 TDs rushing.
For his record-setting performance, which included leading St. Thomas to a District Championship, Matocha was named Houston’s co-offensive player of the year alongside Arizona QB signee Grant Gunnell.
Matocha was a late add to the recruiting board after Manny Diaz hired Dan Enos to be OC and QB coach. He brings good stats and solid performance, and decent athleticism to the QB room. In addition to being a record setting player of the year on the gridiron, Matocha is also a standout track athlete, having cleared 6’8” on the high jump.
This was a whirlwind recruitment that went from contact, to offer, to visit, to commitment in less than a fortnight. But, in the end, Miami and Matocha was a solid match in this class, and he gives Miami 5 scholarship QBs for the first time in nearly a decade. That depth cannot be overlooked.
Despite his top-tier stats, Matocha is not a household name. On the 247sports composite, Matocha is a 3-star prospect, the #34 Dual Threat QB nationally in this class, #199 in the State of Texas, and #1542 recruit overall.
Matocha committed to Miami over offers from Wyoming, Army, and UMass.
As a Player
I could wax poetic about this, but fellow SOTU writer Justin Dottavio went back into the film room to talk about Matocha and what he brings to the table. So, you should read that.
Film Room: 2019 QB Peyton Matocha is Miami bound. The three-star from Houston has nice tools but needs to get bigger in a college weight room before he can play in the ACC. https://t.co/EEMN7DvabG pic.twitter.com/ZSHZihzlSM— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 27, 2019
Getting Matocha in this class is big from a numbers standpoint. Miami needs numbers at the QB position, and, again, Recruiting Rule #1 is that you have to have a QB in every class. So, getting Matocha is a good thing for Miami, if you ask me.
Chances for a redshirt: 10/10
While Matocha was a good player at the HS level, he needs to develop physically to have a chance to see the field for the Canes. And, with 4 other QBs already in the QB battle ahead of him, Matocha is in line to sit and wait for a couple mango seasons before asserting himself into the conversation under center.
That’s it for this installment of The Recruit Notebook.