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.
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) January 27, 2015
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 FishDuck.com as we move closer to National Signing Day.
Top Photo by Gary Breedlove