Pitt first to offer Florida TE

The state of Florida is widely known as a hotbed of football talent. University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff have put a heavy recruiting focus on the state. Pitt was the first out of the gates to offer a talented tight end prospect from Fort Myers, FL.

"Pittsburgh was the first school to offer me a scholarship," stated tight end Mat Williams (6-foot-4 inches, 220 pounds) from Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, FL. "The main schools I'm looking are Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Auburn, South Florida, Florida and Central Florida. Ole Miss is close to offering me a scholarship."

Williams is capable of bench pressing 280 pounds, squatting 350 pounds and running a 4.8 forty-yard dash. He's primarily known as a physical blocking tight end.

"Pittsburgh's wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill is my main recruiter. The Panthers seem to utilize the tight end in their offense and that's important to me. I'm not sure if I'll make it to their summer football camp, but I plan on visiting at some point. I really would like to see what their program is about."

Williams has a solid junior season. He finished with 22 catches for 450 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mat has been a two year starter at tight end and defensive end.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I block very well. We run a run-oriented offense so blocking comes naturally to me. Our running back from last year, Chevon Walker, rushed for over 2,000 yards. He signed with Florida last year. I have pretty soft hands and I can catch the ball if thrown to me."

"I'm hitting the gym pretty hard right now. I would like to weigh around 235 to 240 pounds before the start of season. My goal is to wait and see what offers come my way by the end of summer. I'll make a decision after that."

"Pittsburgh was the first school to offer me. It tells me they have confidence in my abilities. That made a huge impression on me."

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

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