PA lineman getting interest

An extremely mobile lineman is hard to find and one of them plays in the Pittsburgh area.<br><br> Matt Houy from Gateway HS in Monroeville, PA has the size at 6'3" 270 and the speed at 4.9 to fit the bill.

On offense, Houy (pronounced HO-wee), plays tackle but according to Gateway head coach Terry Smith, he acts more like a guard.

"In our offense, our tackles pull like guards," says Smith. "So he plays like a guard."

Houy is the best offensive lineman on a team that features superstar RB Justin King, but on defense he is just as proficient. And Smith loves what he sees on that side of the field too.

"He reminds me of A.Q. Shipley," says Smith, referring to the top 10 PA recruit of last year that signed with Penn State. "I think he is this year's version of him."

On top of Houy's good size and speed, he also has a lot of strength as he benches 360 and squats 590, plus is athletic enough for a 29" vertical jump.

Houy is planning on going to the Nike Camp at Penn State this spring, plus he expects Smith to take the Gateway players to various camps in the summer.

Houy has heard mostly from Indiana, Virginia, and Iowa, who sent him tickets for an unofficial visit, though Houy didn't go. The team he would like to hear from is Pittsburgh, though they haven't pursued him hard yet.

"They have only sent me a questionnaire so far," says Houy, who also boasts a 3.7 GPA.

Houy says Pitt was his favorite team growing up and both parents are graduates of the university.

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