Wide Receiver, Class of 2023
Avon Lake, Avon Lake, OH
The recruitment of Avon Lake (OH) 2023 wide receiver Matthew Stuewe has still yet to really take off. But through the years of his childhood, he’s already gotten a good look at one school in particular.
Stuewe’s father, Michael Stuewe, was a former walk-on wide receiver for Virginia Tech, who later earned a scholarship and played from 1994-97. As a result, the Stuewes have made multiple visits to Blacksburg each year for sporting events. As the younger Stuewe waits for the Hokies and others to give him a look, he continues to look fondly on those Virginia Tech trips.
“It’s always been, he’s been taking us to games since we were young,” Matthew Stuewe said. “That’s always been my favorite place to see basketball and football games. We go every single year. That’d be really cool to play at Virginia Tech. That’s where I wanted to play since I was young. The atmosphere, everyone’s jumping before the game starts, so it’s good to see that.”
Virginia Tech and a few others continue to evaluate Stuewe’s film. He camped with the Hokies this past summer, which also gave him more of a peek at what they could offer, in addition to his own previous experience.
“I haven’t really talked to the coaches yet,” Matthew Stuewe said. “But I like the school a lot. I’ve always been a fan of there. I did good at camp, and I think I did good in one-on-ones. It’s fun watching them win games on TV every year.”
The younger Stuewe said he also has heard from Buffalo recently. He camped there during the summer as well.
“I liked it and I have a former player who’s helping me in the offseason and helped with camp,” he said. “It’s a great school, great stadium. I love the school and the coaches. Hopefully they’ll offer in the future, but I don’t think they’re close yet.”
In the meantime, Matthew Stuewe continues to work on his game. He started the season strong, with 21 catches for 320 yards and three touchdowns in his first three games.
“I’m able to catch everything that’s thrown to me,” Stuewe said. “I’m a deep threat, and I’ve caught three or four deep balls this season. I can get open and just help out my QB and my team.
“Something to work on, route running. I can always get faster. Just the top of the routes, that’s something I work on every day with my coaches. Just being able to come back on a dig.”
The only visit planned thus far is a trip to Virginia Tech next weekend for the game against Notre Dame. Stuewe said he continues to try to figure out what characteristics about schools matter most, when his recruitment does get moving.
“I just look at academics and football, the atmosphere as well,” he said. “It can be close, it can be far, it’s just whatever is the right fit for me. I’m thinking about business, but not 100% yet on what I want to do.”