Last season saw Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier quarterback Matthew Rueve getting limited reps until late in the season. Now, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller is looking to open some eyes after putting together an impressive performance in Nashville, Tennessee at The Opening Regional and Elite 11.
“We drove down that morning as I had been sick most of the week,” said Rueve. “I feel my 40-yard dash (4.8) can be better as my legs didn’t feel that great. However, I did have a 34.2-inch vertical jump, 4.41 agility and a 39.0-foot toss in the powerball, something I’ve never done before.”
Playing in six games and passing for 174-yards and two touchdowns on only 32 attempts, Rueve knows the experience of the past weekend will help him going into summer camps as he’ll need to compete to open the eyes of coaches not expecting much from him.
“I thought the overall experience of The Opening was awesome,” he said. “It was great to be around all the talented players and competing. It was really cool as all the guys there were good.”
Rueve enjoyed getting the chance to learn more about Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer, a former teammate of his cousin Matt Hasselbeck.
“Meeting Trent Dilfer was cool,” he said. “He had a lot of great things to say about how quarterbacks have such a leadership role and how to be a good teammate. We also got to do a Q&A session when we had some downtime and we were all asking a lot of questions. It was neat hearing his stories.”
This weekend things take on a more important role for Rueve as he hopes to show college coaches, he’s got the skills to play at the college level. His stops include two schools where his cousins played in the past, Kent State (Jason Bitsko) and Boston College (Matt & Tim Hasselbeck).
“I’ll be attending Kent State this weekend,” he said. “I’ll also be attending the Indiana mega camp, Purdue, Michigan State and Boston College camps.”
Rueve is also excited about his upcoming senior season as the Bombers welcome new offensive coordinator Coach Andrew Coverdale, a longtime coordinator for Louisville (KY.) Trinity High School.