Tony Matteo recently took an unofficial visit to Ohio State. The 6-5, 275-pound guard is planning one for Pittsburgh later this week. The Panthers are one of several schools to come through with an offer recently, which has pushed his offer total to double-digits.
"Probably when school ended, but we've stayed in contact," Matteo said, referring to when the offer came through. "It was probably a few weeks prior to that. We've stayed in contact. They came to the school to talk to my coaches. We stayed in contact over the phone, then they threw out the offer, and they still keep in touch."
Matteo adds that it's offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich who is his recruiting contact. The only unofficial visits he took this spring were to the Cincinnati spring game, and a spring practice at Toledo. He's hoping to learn more about Pittsburgh after his visit this week.
He helped his team to a 12-1 record in 2010, where the offensive line opened the way for over 200 yards a game.
"We did really good, but lost our last (playoff) game to a really good team," Matteo added. "We have a lot coming back. We have our whole line back, our quarterback and most of our defense. We're just trying to rebuild after a real good season."
Matteo also plays any position on the line for his team, but is being recruited as an interior lineman by most colleges.
"On offense, I play center, but I can play guard too," Matteo said. "I've also played tackle. On defense, I play nose guard, but I like center more."
As a junior, Matteo was an all-conference selection, a first-team All-Northeast Ohio selection, and an honorable mention all-state selection.