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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Matty Augustine

February 20, 2024
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Notre Dame had a list of priority targets on the offensive line in the 2025 class and they have done a great job recruiting that group. It started with a commitment from Will Black‍ back in December and was followed up by Owen Strebig‍ earlier this month. They just added Matty Augustine‍ to the pile as they keep stacking up athletic big men who can play offensive tackle.

A basketball player with light feet, Augustine has the frame and athleticism to develop into a great tackle.

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 290

Projected Position: Offensive tackle

ISD Grade: 91 (4-star)

National Average Grade: 89.7 (4-star)

What he does best:

Augustine isn’t a mauler, but he works hard to sustain blocks and will finish through the whistle. He’s agile and does a nice job of getting out to the second level.

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An easy mover, he shows good balance in pass protection. He has a solid punch and does a nice job using his length to control rushers. Here he does a great job re-establishing his hands when the defender tries to use a push-pull against him.

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Here he is with a nice snatch and trap when he caught the defender leaning.

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This clip of him defending a much smaller player in basketball is a perfect example of his reactive athleticism. This kind of movement is rare for a big man and recovery is rare for a big man.

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What he needs to improve:

Augustine needs to get stronger with his lower half. He lacks initial pop on contact and can stop feet.

This isn’t helped by him playing out of a two-point stance and that’s an adjustment he’ll have to make at Notre Dame. In the long run it should be beneficial for him.

What’s his ceiling?

He’s been able to add a lot of weight recently, which isn’t at all surprising when looking at his frame. It certainly hasn’t hurt how he is able to move and how he has looked on the basketball court is evidence of that.

Augustine has an extremely high ceiling with all of the traits to develop into a multi-year starter as a left tackle. I love his potential and the overall potential of the three they have committed so far in this class.

I remember scouting former University Washington OT Trey Adams when he was in high school and I see a lot of similar traits to Augustine. He was a long, efficient athlete who developed into an outstanding left tackle at UW (first team All Pac-12) before injuries unfortunately stopped him from making the jump to the NFL.

Before that, Adams was one of the better OTs in college football and I think Augustine has the potential to become the same.

Who he could be:

Former Washington OT Trey Adams

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