Big man leaves Oakland impressed

Barring any unforeseen departures from recruits, Pittsburgh has received commitments from three offensive linemen. Of the three, it is highly unlikely any would fit the bill as an offensive tackle. The Panthers will lose "all everything" offensive tackle Rob Pettiti; they return Mike McGlynn and Dale Williams.

The lack of depth is a problem; the Panthers will need to bring in at least two tackles in this class. One who appears to be high on the Pittsburgh recruiting board is Wyoming Valley West standout Kurt Mattes.

Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West offensive lineman Kurt Mattes (6-6, 260, 4.8) took his official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend. Former Pittsburgh head coach Walt Harris was not on hand, but that did not appear to faze the youngster.

"I think the majority of the players all knew what was going on," Mattes said. "I'm still interested in Pittsburgh, it will be interesting to see who they bring in to coach."

Red shirt freshman offensive lineman Mike McGlynn hosted Mattes.

"He's a great guy, all the players were really nice that I met."

Would it be safe to assume that the visit exceeded expectations?

"Yes it did, I had a great weekend at Pitt."

Mattes has been tight-lipped about recruiting, but is focused on two teams right now.

"I've pretty much narrowed it down to Northwestern, and Pittsburgh."

Mattes is hopeful of having a decision before Christmas.

"I'd really like to get it over with, and decide soon."


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