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."
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