Matt Sokol of Rochester Adams is an early enrollee at Michigan State. (Special to Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 5 Matt Sokol.
Rochester — Matt Sokol is one of the most versatile athletes on this year’s Detroit News Blue Chip list.
He’s played baseball, basketball in addition to football.
But when he entered his sophomore year at Rochester Adams, he turned his attention to football and saw playing time at linebacker and slot receiver — on the varsity. Sokol then played quarterback his junior and senior seasons, but still played linebacker.
But, in certain situations, coach Tony Patritto move Sokol to tight end.
And that’s where Sokol will make his living at Michigan State, where he enrolled early in hopes of improving his skill at his new position.
“I’ll get a chance to work with the quarterbacks early,” the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Sokol said. “Just learning all of the fundamentals about playing tight end will take time.
“I was thinking about (enrolling early) before my injuries. I have to learn a whole new position.”
Sokol also will have more time to heal from a dislocated left ankle and spiral fracture to his fibula he suffered midseason. He said he should be 100 percent by February.