Montour OL Matt Barone issues verbal declaration to TempleWritten by: Josh Funk on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
One of the key pieces returning from the Montour Spartan’s WPIAL AAA championship team has switched up on his initial verbal declaration.
Matt Barone, a 6’3, 270-pound offensive lineman for the Spartans, issued a verbal declaration to Temple Tuesday, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Barone had initially issued a declaration to Connecticut and one of his teammates, Tyler Haddock, a defensive tackle, recently declared his intentions to play for Temple. In all, he held offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio and Old Dominion in addition to Temple. He had generated interest, but no offers, from numerous programs, including Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Purdue and West Virginia, among others.
Scout.com rated Barone as the No. 53 offensive guard in the 2013 recruiting class and a three-star prospect. Barone joins Haddock, South Fayette wide receiver Zach Challingsworth and Seton-LaSalle tight end Scott Orndoff among the athletes who have issued multiple declarations during their recruiting processes.
Though verbal declarations are increasingly publicized, they are non-binding until National Signing Day in February, and players may opt to open their recruitment at any time even after issuing one or several declarations.
Barone was one of the key figures on a Montour offensive line which helped to pave the way for an explosive offensive unit which averaged 366.9 yards (189.5 passing, 177.4 rushing) and 36.3 points per game en route to the program’s fifth WPIAL football championship (first since 1964) and a berth in the PIAA AAA semifinals opposite Bishop McDevitt, producing a 2,100-yard rusher and 2,800-yard passer while scoring 77 total offensive touchdowns (41 passing, 36 rushing).
The Spartans scored a school record 544 points in 2011, finishing 12-3 overall and posting their third 12-win season since 2007.
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