Towering OL has Pitt in Top 3

The University of Pittsburgh hosted a myriad of quality offensive linemen during their spring practices. One of the largest linemen in the state of Pennsylvania currently has Pitt in his top three. The talks with this prospect about his recruitment.

"My top six schools would be Pittsburgh, WVU, Notre Dame, Iowa, Virginia and Penn State. If I had to pick my top three right now, I would say Pitt, WVU and Notre Dame," stated towering offensive tackle prospect Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. "Pitt, Maryland and West Virginia have offered me a scholarship."

Matha recently attended Pitt's junior day. He is capable of bench pressing 365 pounds, squatting 525 pounds and running a 5.2 forty-yard dash.

"I enjoyed Pitt's junior day. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt was really nice and seemed very down to earth. The facilities were pretty incredible. I like the City of Pittsburgh as well. I'm more of a city guy and I like what the setting there."

Matha earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State and PA Football News All-State as a junior. He has been a two-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle. The Panthers are recruiting offensive lineman Jake Anderson (6-foot-5 inches, 280 pounds), Dan's teammate. Anderson has yet to receive an offer.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm a very strong run blocker. When I lock onto a linebacker or defensive linemen, I either knock them to the ground or push them back ten yards."

"I want to go to a school with good facilities, a great strength program and a good line coach. I just need to feel comfortable. I'll know if it's the right school when I visit. "I like Pitt quite a bit. They remain one of my top choices right now."

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