Things are picking up quickly for Matt Domer.
The 2014 Chicago running back grabbed his first scholarship from Northern Illinois back in the fall before adding an offer from Illinois in late-January. Syracuse and Indiana came in with other BCS offers last month and the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Mount Carmel is also receiving interest from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan State, Florida State and Cincinnati among others.
“It’s a really good experience,” said Domer. “Every kid dreams of something like this. To see that dream almost come to reality is a real blessing. I’m just going to keep working hard to make it a reality and so that I can play somewhere I really want.”
Domer believes that his physical tools have caught the attention of college scouts as well as the feedback his coach offers.
“My speed and explosion is usually what it is,” said Domer. “I come from a school that has a great tradition with a great coach in Coach Frank Lenti. They see that I can play, but they go and talk to him and he gives them positive input on what type of personality I have and me as a student, player and overall person. They really cling to that. When they see my film, they see that I can play.
“I’m pretty fast, I’d have to say. My unofficial time, I ran a 4.39 and my official time is a 4.41.”
Domer wouldn’t mind playing in an exciting offense at the next level, but that won’t be a determining factor in his ultimate decision.
“I like speed, so I like how Oregon runs their offense,” he said. “I love the speed and the way they keep it moving. But I can adjust to any offense. I’ve played in numerous offenses throughout my life and I just adjust and take to the coaching. I’m big enough to run up the middle and run through people, but I can use my speed as well.”
Domer has already made trips to Illinois and Indiana and has some others coming up.
“I’m still setting up things,” he said. “I’m probably going to take a trip to Syracuse.”
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin stopped by Mount Carmel to make it clear the Irish like the players in Mount Carmel’s 2014 class and would like to see more of them.
“I’m going to try to get out there as well,” Domer said. “I’m teammates with Enoch Smith, so we have a lot of schools coming through here. We usually travel in packs.
“All I need is a date and a time. I’d definitely love to get out there and check it out. That’s a school that’s high on my list of interest. I’d love to get to Notre Dame.”
The Irish are definitely in the mix with Smith and if they could land him, it could go a long way with Domer.
“We all want to go to the same school. Our whole junior class, we have a big class coming out, we all want to stay together. If we can all become a big package deal, that’s what we want to do.”