Another Mariota Headed to Eugene

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Late last night, Marcus Mariota’s younger brother, Matthew Mariota, announced his intention to sign with the Ducks on National Signing Day on February 4.

Matthew earned All-State honors this past season playing defensive end for St. Louis High School, the same school Marcus attended. The younger Mariota checks in at 6’3, 230 lbs, which is small for a defensive end at the college level. As reported by Rob DeMello on Twitter, he is likely to play fullback for the Ducks, either on scholarship or as a walk-on.

Oregon has had a strong presence in Hawaii this recruiting season, landing five-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule earlier this year, and adding Matthew continues to help strengthen the Oregon bond with the state. Marcus was a once-in-a-lifetime type of player, so it will hard for his younger brother to ever reach that level of production. Even if he walks on, redshirts, and then waits a few years to see the field, his presence on the team will still be beneficial. He is a Mariota, after all.

Matthew is a talented player, and likely has a similar work ethic and high character to his brother. Only time will tell how much of an impact he will actually make on the field. You can view his senior highlights below, and remember to stay tuned to as we move closer to National Signing Day.

Top Photo by Gary Breedlove

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Nik Brownlee

Nik Brownlee

University of Oregon alumnus and Duck football fanatic. Born in Eugene and raised in Autzen Stadium, sports are the foundation for who I am. Passionate about fitness, the outdoors and making people laugh. If I'm not talking about sports, chances are I'm listening to my music too loud.

  • HoopsFan

    FB would be football rather than fullback. As a linebacker/defensive end, it’s sounding like he’s a walk-on, perhaps preferred. He is unrated by the various recruiting sites. Could be a nice OLB given time.

    • Nik Brownlee

      Didn’t even think about that, figured they’d use him as a blocking H-back type player given he played FB/TE in high school on the offensive side of the ball. I was skeptical when I saw the tweet too. Fullback? We don’t use no skinking fullback! haha Thanks for the read and heads up. Will be interesting to watch how it plays out.

  • Michael G

    Fullback? When is the last time Oregon had a fullback?

    • Nik Brownlee

      I was confused as well when I heard FB I assumed fullback, didn’t even think it’d be “football”. Was thinking more H-back blocking type given his size, athleticism and versatility. Thanks for the read, should be fun to watch his development.

  • Jon Sousa

    Is he a good size for inside linebacker?

    • Nik Brownlee

      I could see him playing linebacker, with development of course. 6’3″, 230 is good size, and with a college weight program he should add size and speed, it will depend on the talent he has and how he can grasp the concepts. Thanks for the read, we’ll all keep an eye on him and see where he goes.