Hours after JUCO wide receiver Juwann Winfree made his decommitment from Pitt official, the Panthers filled their void at wide receiver in the Class of 2016.
Aaron Mathews, a local product of Clairton, announced he flipped his commitment from Penn State to Pitt today.
Mathews took an official visit to Pitt this weekend and was at the basketball game Sunday night. But what really sealed the flip was Winfree's decommitment, leaving the Panthers short a receiver.
After Mathews was offered as a defensive player throughout the fall, Winfree's decision created a space for Mathews at receiver and he pounced on the chance.
In all honesty, I think Mathews wanted to be at Pitt all along and I think other schools knew that. But the longer he went without committing anywhere, the stranger it seemed to be and Penn State took advantage of that.
Being that Mathews is now committed when Pitt probably could've had him before should tell anyone that Mathews wanted to play receiver all along, but Pitt wanted him on the defensive side of the ball. Mathews was committed to Penn State as a safety, according to his tweet, but he wasn't as high of a priority for Pitt compared to other defensive prospects.
Mathews is listed in the Scout database as a defensive end and his 6-foot-5 frame would be ideal for that position, but it's also ideal for the receiver position. If I recall correctly, he was once a 4-star recruit at receiver. He may not have elite speed but there's no doubt Mathews can play and it should be the expectation he will succeed at receiver with Pitt.
Now, Mathews ends up at the school he wanted to be at and will play the position he wants to play.
Plus, with 5-star defensive back Lamont Wade coming out of Clairton next year and Noah Hamlin due up in 2018, it doesn't hurt to fortify the Clairton-Pitt pipeline.