Four-Star DE McKenzie Mathews to Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh has amassed one of the top ten recruiting classes in the country. Defensive end McKenzie Mathews elevated its status when he called HeadCoach Dave Wannstedt to say "Pitt is it".

Four-star defensive end recruit McKenzie Mathews (6-ft-3 inches, 240 pounds) from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY verbally committed to the Panthers today during a 3:00 press conference. He chose Pitt over Syracuse. Michigan, Ohio State, Boston College and Rutgers were amongst the school that had offered him scholarships. ranks Mathews the 27th 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.

Mathews completed five official visits to Ohio State (10/15), Pitt (12/2), Michigan (12/9), Boston College (1/20) and Syracuse (1/27). 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. Pitt was one of the first schools to recruit me and they stuck with me throughout the process."

Mathews is the fourth defensive end to join the Panthers stellar 2006 recruiting class. Justin Hargrove (Baldwin, PA), Greg Romeus (Coral Glades, FL) and Tyler Tkach (Slatington, PA) also signed with the Panthers.

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