Luke Mathewson, a 6-5, 235 pound TE/DE from Libertyville, IL, has given a verbal commitment to the North Dakota Football program. Randy Kuceyeski’s Wildcats finished 5-5 and lost in the 1st round of the Class 7A Illinois Playoffs to eventual state champion Boylan.
Mathewson was a playmaking defensive end in the 4-3 scheme the Wildcats used. He was a pass rusher and a decent run stopper and has showed a relentless motor off the edge on film. He also caught some balls from the tight end spot in the passing game and was a physical blocking presence in the run game. We do not know for sure which position he projects to in college. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him switch from one side to the other during his college career given his size and athleticism. He could potentially be a “swing” guy if needed – just speculating on that.
We could not officially confirm any other offers that he had, but we know he was scheduled to visit USD and Western Illinois at some time in the recruiting process.
Mathewson is the 15th known verbal commitment in the class of 2012 and is the 5th addition from the state of Illinois.