Mike Madaras has a number of offers that are starting to come in, including schools such as Pitt, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Maryland, West Virginia, Rutgers and Duke. Madaras had a rare bye week this past weekend, because of his team opening up against Cincinnati St. Xavier, in a nationally-televised game. The Falcons had to turn around and play Gilman School (MD), less than a week later.
With the rare bye week, Madaras took some extra time off, and decided to go to Pitt for its season-opener.
"I've really only been to one or two college games in my life, I think when I was a lot younger, I went to a Navy game," Madaras said. "My coach said this is the first bye week we've ever gotten, the first time in his 40 years of coaching. It felt weird, not even having practice."
Though it wasn't an extensive trip, Madaras definitely enjoyed getting a chance to look around.
"I like how basically the University was part of the city," Madaras said. "I thought that was interesting. It's not like that with most schools. Pittsburgh University is Pittsburgh city. It was kind of nice, all the stuff they share with the Steelers too."
Madaras initially came up to Pitt for a prospect camp this summer, where right away, he was one of the top lineman prospects in attendance. When he started preparing his camp list, however, Pitt wasn't one of the schools he was originally planning to camp at.
"My dad kind of made me go," Madaras said. "It was a fun trip. I didn't regret going, though. It was really fun. This time was different because I had never been to Heinz Field."
Though it's still early to tell of any favorites, or even where else he'd like to get to this fall, Madaras did have this to say, as far as what his impression of Pitt is.
"All the coaches, they have good chemistry with players," Madaras said. "I can tell they love it. They love what they're doing, that's always a good thing."
Our Lady of Good Counsel returns to action next week, with a home game against State College, from Pennsylvania. Madaras has been invited to attend games from as far away as Cal. His next game will possibly be a trip for the Penn State-Michigan game later this fall. As far as the number-one factor he's looking at in a school?
"Academics, that's the number-one thing I‘m looking for," Madaras said. "I want to get a good college degree."
Pitt is recruiting him as an offensive lineman, though he also says some of the schools that have offered, are projecting him as a defensive lineman.