The roller coaster ride called college football recruiting is no longer climbing up the first hill for Cincinnati St. Xavier senior quarterback Matthew Rueve. After an impressive season that saw Rueve set Greater Catholic League regular season passing records, this week has seen his first two BCS scholarship offers and a Power Five program showing interest.
FirstStarFootballReport.com caught up with Rueve about his busy week with Western Kentucky and Akron extending offers and a Power Five program making contact.
Rueve started off talking about his first Division One offer from Western Kentucky on Monday.
“I started talking with Coach (Bryan) Ellis several weeks ago and went down for a game day visit,” said Rueve. “While there I spoke with Coach Ellis and Coach (Tyson) Helton. They were awesome and really let me know what Western Kentucky football was all about. They were great to my family on the visit and it was great to see the atmosphere and how the people there cared about Western Kentucky football.”
For Rueve the interest early one was kind of a surprise.
“Honestly, you don’t hear much about Western Kentucky in Cincinnati,” he said. “So, it’s cool they found me, and they want me.”
What was it like to receive that first Division One offer?
“It was awesome,” stressed Rueve. “To get that first Division One offer is something I’ve always worked for. I worked this past off season to earn the starting position at St. Xavier and it’s a great feeling knowing I’m going to have the opportunity to play at the next level. I’m extremely grateful.”
It didn’t take long for another program to jump on board as Mid-American Conference member Akron added their name to Rueve’s offer list on Wednesday.
“Akron stopped in at St. Xavier today on their way to play Miami,” continued Rueve. “Coach (Tom) Arth and Coach (Bryan) Gasser were very nice and talked about what Akron football is all about. To be honest, it’s just awesome how things are going now and I look forward to learning more about their program.”
With everything happening so fast Rueve is making sure to do more research on each program and looking to visit other programs that have interest. Looking back over the past year going from unknown to a holder of Division One scholarship offers, Rueve knows to keep things in perspective.
“This journey has been awesome,” he said. “Going into my senior year and getting the starting job. Coach (Andrew) Coverdale getting hired as offensive coordinator. It seems like it was all meant to be. Add in having the opportunity with all the guys and the skill talent to take it to where we needed to be was great. Getting to throw to two Big Ten commits in Marshall Lang (Northwestern) and Liam Clifford (Penn State) was a dream. It was also awesome to see what this team did as an offense and how we made it a goal in getting the program back to the standard of excellence expected at St. Xavier.”
Another honor Rueve is proud of earning came from his teammates who voted him as team captain despite him not being a full-time starter until his senior season.
“Being a captain of the St. Xavier football team is something I’ve always dreamed of,” he said. “Getting the opportunity to go and do it and being one of two captains along with Jack Kirby and me being a first-year starter meant my teammates saw me as a guy who could lead the team to victory, a guy who would hold them accountable, a guy who would be able to help them get over their mistakes and a guy who would push them to be more than they thought they could be. This meant something special to me.”
Over the past few years we’ve seen many players in college and high school make decisions to change schools when things may not be going the way they expected. For Rueve, the thought of leaving St. Xavier when he was a back-up never came into play. Rueve had this message for other young players in the same situation he was in just a year ago.
“I would tell them to go out there and be uncommon and have that uncommon goal of going out and fighting,” he said. “If it was meant to be, they you should go out there and fight and take each day and live it out to the fullest.
“That is what I held myself to each day. It didn’t matter if it was studying film or getting out on the field working on my footwork or a certain throw. I always wanted to go out and compete as I feel competition is a big part of my game.”
Wednesday night found Rueve on the phone with another school in Boston College, a school he’s dreamed about since he was young.
“I spoke with Coach (Ricky) Brown on the phone and he said that he and Coach (Mike) Bajakian were looking to come down and visit me and get to know me,” he said. “Coach Brown knows my family pretty well from my cousins as he also played at Boston College.”
What would an offer mean from Boston College?
“An offer from Boston College has always been a dream of mine,” he said. “Being able to follow in the footsteps of my cousins, Tim, Matt and Nathanael Hasselbeck would be great. I camped there this summer and to think I could possibly go to the school I dreamed about as a kid is unreal. It was awesome going up to Chestnut Hill this summer and having a great day and going out there competing knowing I’m good enough to play at that level.”
How much has it helped having his cousins to talk about the recruiting process with?
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been helpful to have guys that played and competed not only in college but also in the NFL,” he said. “They have been a great resource and provided me a sounding board to help guide me through the process. They’ve done everything they possibly can to help me during this journey as they both ended up at Boston College and the NFL and have seen the ups and downs that come with the game.”
Just a few weeks ago another former NFL quarterback also threw his support behind Rueve as Super Bowl Champion quarterback Trent Dilfer tweeted out about Rueve’s game. What was it like to see the support from a player like Dilfer?
“It was awesome,” he said. “To have a guy who won a Super Bowl tweeting out about me means so much to me. Being thought of as someone who can play at the next level by one of the greats is truly amazing.
Dropping Dimes! College coaches take notice. First year starting as a senior. Didn’t transfer. These 4 games aren’t vs cupcake teams either. Same bloodlines as the Hasselbecks. Threw it well and tested above 100 at the Nashville Elite11 regional. https://t.co/O3Z5emsW44— Trent Dilfer (@DilfersDimes) September 26, 2019
FirstStarFootballReport.com will continue to follow the recruiting journey the Bombers quarterback is currently one in the coming weeks leading up to a college commitment.
Below are Rueve’s senior highlights.