Keystone Oaks grappler likes Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers' defensive line. One of the top defensive end prospects in Western Pennsylvania also happens to be one of the top wrestlers. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with the standout from Keystone Oaks High School.

"I have been offered by Pitt, North Carolina State, Northwestern and Indiana," stated rugged defensive end prospect Myles Caragein (6-foot-3 inches, 265 pounds) from Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, PA. "I would say my top schools are Pitt, Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame."

Caragein is capable of running a 4.8 forty-yard dash, bench press 340 pounds and squat 505 pounds. He is a solid student with a 3.6 grade point average. Myles has been a standout two-way player, a tight end-defensive end who made first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference on offense as a junior.

Pitt was fortunate to receive a verbal commitment from Caragein's teammate Chris Jacobson (6-foot-3 inches, 295 pounds). "Lumpy" Jacobson, one of the top offensive linemen in the WPIAL, has already started to recruit his teammate and friend. "Lumpy is already talking with me about coming to Pitt. It would be great to play with him. We hand out every weekend," he said.

Myles recently finished 4th in the heavyweight division at the Class AAA-AAAA state wrestling championship at Hershey last weekend. As a junior, he registered a 32-1 record. When asked if his wrestling has improved his performance on the football field, he stated, "Yes, it has helped quite a bit. You learn to utilize leverage and power."

Caragein registered 68 tackles, 8 sacks and 10 hurries from his defensive end position.

"I like Pitt and I'm strongly considering them. They are rebuilding right now and I know they had a hard time last season. I think they brought it a great recruiting class and you can see they are working hard to turn the program around."

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


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