Two former University of Kentucky Football players have launched a new online platform called Matchlete, a free online assessment for high school athletes to discover college programs that best fit their academic, athletic, and career profile.
Matchlete was co-founded by Jeremy Jones, who was on Kentucky’s 2007 Music City Bowl team, and Matt Roark, the former receiver-turned-quarterback that led the 2011 Kentucky Football team to a historic victory over Tennessee, snapping a 26-game losing streak to the Volunteers. The two former teammates have been friends for over a decade, and they say their new service is designed by former student-athletes, for current student-athletes.
Jones said the two creators surveyed a number of former NCAA athletes and found 44 percent did not feel they selected the right college to fit their needs.
“Student-athletes often commit to colleges based on what college coaches promise them,” Jones said. “Matchlete.com provides a service to student-athletes to select a school that fits them all the way around--academically, athletically, and for their future career goals. It streamlines the recruiting process putting all the information a student-athlete needs in one place to make the right decision.”
Online users of the service create a profile and complete a survey pertaining to athletics and academics. An algorithm is then used to match the student-athlete with a list of the best colleges for him/her.
“Then the power is in the student-athlete’s hands,” Jones added. “We suggest the athletes share that list with their respective high school coaches to help prepare for the collegiate future that best fits the individual.”
Roark is now a graduate assistant for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Jones graduated from UK in 2011 with a B.A. degree in communications. In 2015, Jones helped coach the Lexington Catholic Knights to Class 3A state football championship appearance.