- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Throughout his entire life, Matt Domer (Chicago/Mount Carmel) has gotten by on his speed and quickness. So as colleges begin recruiting the 2014 prospect, why would he stop now?
“Speed is my specialty,” Domer said. “I can break away when I have to.”
Domer said his fastest time in the 40-yard dash was a 4.38 unofficially, and he ran a 4.41 at the Northern Illinois camp this summer. That time and his performance that day earned him a scholarship offer from the Huskies.
Northern Illinois hosted Domer for an unofficial visit early in the season for a game. Domer knows several of the players on NIU because of the pipeline to the school from Chicago Mount Carmel. Record-breaking quarterback Jordan Lynch is a Mount Carmel graduate, so Domer said he bonded with the early 2013 Heisman candidate.
Despite the loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Domer is impressed at the fact the Huskies even made it to a BCS bowl, becoming the first MAC team to do so.
“They’re really trying to come up in the world,” he said. “They’re making a real big impression on me in the recruiting process.”
Mount Carmel won a state championship this season, so Domer said he saw coaches from programs such as Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt walking the halls recently. He was excited to see one other program in the halls -- the school he’s been a huge fan of his whole life.
“I grew up loving the Buckeyes,” he said.
Domer also likes Oregon because of the program’s affinity for -- you guessed it -- speed. “That’s what I’m about: speed, speed, speed.”
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