Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Matthew Katnik (6-4, 296), was a part of quite possibly the best offensive line in the West.
Katnik started all 16 games for the Braves, who won the CIF State Open Division title last fall.
Now Katnik is hoping to parlay an excellent junior season into offers.
“I’m trying to look for the best academic opportunities along with football,” said Katnik. “Whatever could go along with my desired major and whatever goes with the best fit for me, that’s the school I want to be at.”
USC has long been in Katnik’s blood.
His father, John, starting as a center for the Trojans in the 80’s and his older brother, also named, John, walking on with USC. Two cousins, Norm and Kurt Katnik also played at USC as did another cousin, Brad Walker.
“Growing up, I always liked USC,” said Katnik. “My dad played there in 1986 and 1987 and three cousins played there too. So I’ve always been around USC.”
Now that he’s being recruited himself, Katnik is looking primarily at the Pac-12 but also a couple of other Midlands programs.
“I’m hearing from USC, Oregon, Cal, Stanford, primarily in the Pac-12,” said Katnik. “I’m also hearing from Oregon State, Washington and Arizona. My uncle played center at Arizona. And Texas and Nebraska.”
A few of the Pac-12 schools have caught his attention.
“Obviously USC, but Oregon looks great, I’ve had contact from Colorado and Stanford, of course, it’s the Harvard of the West so they’re really interesting.”
Katnik can play each of the inside positions, and while guard is his primary position, he’s working on center in the offseason.
“I think I’ll play guard or center in college,” said Katnik. “I’m going to start training at center and working on snaps to open up the possibility of playing center in college.”
Katnik does the shot put and discus, and track could keep him out of several camps.
“I do track and field which conflicts with some camps, but I’m hoping the coaches will come out this spring and I can make my name with some coaches,” said Katnik.
Katnik said even when the offers roll in, he’s not planning to make an early decision.
“If I did receiver offers, I think I would stay patient and see what comes during the senior year,” said Katnik. “I want to take some unofficials during the summer.”
Academically, Katnik has a 4.33 and took the SAT once already, scoring a 1620. He plans to take it again next month.