Commits during in-home visit

There was no school on Monday at Chaminade-Madonna, so Dave Wannstedt and Charlie Partridge took full advantage by having an in-home visit with Gus Mustakas. The Florida athlete was so impressed he decided to give the Panthers a verbal commitment.

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna defensive tackle Gus Mustakas, 6-2 and 250 pounds, does not possess prototype defensive tackle size, but his versatility is what impresses the Panthers staff.

"They've talked about defensive tackle or defensive end, they have also said there is a possibility that I could play fullback, tight end, or an H-back type of role," Mustakas said.

Mustakas was offered a scholarship before the Dave Wannstedt hire, but the Panthers never waivered on their interest. Mustakas took an official visit (1/7) to Pittsburgh. After taking two more official visits to Florida Atlantic (1/14), and South Florida (1/21). After his visits, Mustakas felt the time was right for a decision.

"We didn't have school today, so coach Wannstedt and Partridge came to my house to talk to me," Mustakas said. "So, I decided to commit."

Mustakas held offers from Northwestern, Connecticut, Central Florida, South Florida, and Florida Atlantic. So why did he choose the Panthers?

"I liked the coaching staff Bray, Partridge, Junko, and Wannstedt, and the facilities were great," Mustakas said. "It just felt like a perfect fit."

Mustakas finished his senior campaign with 63 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles. On offense he tallied 13 receptions, for 180 yards and three scores. For his efforts Mustakas earned 1st team All-Broward County honors on offense and defense. He was recently named 1st team Class 2A All-State on defense.


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