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OSU football recruiting: Offensive lineman Matthew Mucha stuck with Cowboys despite Joe Wickline's departure

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: February 4, 2014

Loves the outdoors and loves football.

That's the way Houston Clear Lake coach Sam Smith described offensive lineman Matthew Mucha.

“He's kind of like an All-American kid,” Smith said.

Seems like a fit for Stillwater, as Mucha is one of two offensive linemen planning to sign with Oklahoma State Wednesday.

With a 6-6, 255-pound frame to go along with strength and athleticism, Mucha is projected to play tackle for the Cowboys.

After multiple visits to campus and a strong performance at an OSU satellite camp near Houston, former offensive line coach Joe Wickline offered Mucha a scholarship. He fielded offers from more than 10 other schools, including Texas Tech, Central Florida and Utah.

He chose the Cowboys. And even after Wickline left OSU to take the offensive coordinator job on Charlie Strong's new staff at Texas, Mucha remained committed to the Cowboys.

“They have beautiful facilities, a beautiful campus,” Mucha told Rivals. “And I felt like I fit in with the coaches and their offense, the way they run their offense and the mentality that they have.”

Offensive linemen are often in line for redshirt seasons, as they beef up in Rob Glass' strength and conditioning program.

But with only one other offensive lineman — Euless Trinity's Lemaefe Galea'i — expected to join OSU's 2014 class, the Cowboys are counting on Mucha to eventually produce.

And Smith has high hopes for his former player who loves the outdoors and loves football.

“His best years of football are ahead of him,” the coach said.


Hometown/school: Houston/Clear Lake

Position: Offensive line

Height, Weight: 6-6, 255

Stars: Rivals - 3; Scout - 3; ESPN - 3

Twitter: @Mattmucha78


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