Matt Donoghue, an offensive lineman from Glenn Mills, PA, became the sixth commitment in Villanova's 2013 football recruiting class in mid-December 2012. Donoghue, who stands 6'4" and and weighs in at 275 lbs., committed to Villanova over Bucknell. Delaware, William & Mary and Coastal Carolina were also involved.
Donoghue projects as an offensive guard in college, and should provide quality depth in his freshman season as he adds a bit more to his frame.
With an impressive list of FCS offers, Donoghue had a lot of options, but he decided to stay close to home.
"Villanova just felt right," Donoghue told Philly.com. "It's a great school academically, and the football program is awesome. I loved the coaches, it was close to home, and I felt like I could fit in with the other players."
Donoghue came from a run-oriented offense at Garnet Valley High School which employed a triple-option attack, so he should be able to quickly pick up the schemes that Andy Talley utilizes and be a contributor down the line.
"On defense, you can still be a playmaker," Donoghue said. "But they all told me offense was my future. I guess they were right. They've really taught me, especially coach Valerio. He's the guy who's been there every day, my mentor through the whole process. Most of what I know about being a football player came from him. I want to take this as far as I can."
Villanova is stacked on offensive line for now, and Donoghue is the only offensive lineman joining the program this year because of that. He may not get an opportunity to start right away, but he told Philly.com that he hopes to make an impact on the practice field and maybe help out on special teams.
Stay tuned to our Villanova National Signing Day StoryStream for information on all the new Wildcat recruits!