Panthers co-leader for Mathews

The University of Pittsburgh has amassed one of the top ten recruiting classes in the country. Defensive end McKenzie Mathews remains on of the Panthers top uncommitted targets. The PantherDigest.com spoke with McKenzie about his current recruiting situation.

"Right now, I would say that Pitt and Michigan are tied. I them both quite a bit," stated McKenzie Mathews (6-ft-3 inches, 240 pounds) from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY. "I have two visits left. I'm heading to Boston College this weekend and Syracuse the week after."

Scout.com ranks Mathews the 42nd best defensive end in the nation. He had an outstanding senior season registering 87 tackles, 26 sacks and 1 interception. McKenzie is capable of running a 4.7 forty-yard dash.

"I like Pitt quite a bit. My visit there was great. They have a strong recruiting class put together," said Mathews. "I don't know what it was but I just felt good there. I liked the chemistry I had with the team and the coaches."

McKenzie has completed three visits to Ohio State (10/15), Pitt (12/2) and Michigan (12/9). He's a bright and articulate young man with a 3.1 grade point average and a solid 1160 score on the SAT.

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is trying to rebuild their defensive line. It's obvious to me that they really want me. They like the way I rush the passer. It looks like they already signed some solid defensive tackles."

"I should have a decision after my final two visits. Ideally I'll have a decision by the end of the month."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.>/b>


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