Another Woodland Hills prospect to Pitt?

The coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh is currently evaluating a number of quality offensive linemen. One of the better local prospects hails from powerhouse football program Woodland Hills High School.

"I attended Pitt's junior day. It was very well put together and I had a great time. You got to meet the coaching staff and see the facilities," stated offensive lineman Mike Dykes (6-foot-t 4 inches, 265 pounds).

Dykes is capable of bench pressing 325 pounds, squatting 450 pounds and running a 5.0 forty-yard dash. He has been a two-year starter. Mike started at defensive end his sophomore year. He was subsequently moved to offensive tackle for his junior season.

"I like Pitt, Notre Dame, Iowa, Boston College and Rutgers," he said. "I'm very high on Pitt. They have a good tradition with my high school and my good friend Greg Webster is heading there to play linebacker."

Is Webster recruiting Dykes? "Yes, Greg wants me to come to Pitt. He's a great player and I expect him to see time his freshman year. Greg is a very strong and aggressive player."

Dykes was named first team All-Conference as a junior. He is a standout in the classroom with a 3.5 grade point average. Mike is set to participate in the All-American Combine at the University of Pittsburgh this weekend. He projects as a guard on the next level.

"I take pride in strong technique and getting leverage on my opponent. I'm really strong and I can overpower the guy in front of me. Right now I'm around 265 pounds. I plan on weighing around 290 pounds by football season. I'm tall and have plenty of room to fill out."

"We'll see how things progress during the season. Pitt remains as one of my top options. It would be great to play there."

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