Lancaster prospects high on Panthers

A myriad of talented players have visited the University of Pittsburgh over the last few weeks. Two talented football players from Lancaster, PA recently attended spring practice. The talked with them about their experience.

Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, PA has a pair of tall and talented prospects on their football team. Defensive lineman Tom Nardo (6-foot-4 inches, 250 pounds) and tight end Matt Balasavage (6-foot-5 inches, 235 pounds) visited the Panthers last week to learn more about the University of Pittsburgh football program.

"I really enjoyed watching their spring practice. Their coaching staff is great, they made us feel right at home," stated Tom Nardo. "We got to see how they run practice and meet some of the player. There were a ton of recruits there as well."

Nardo has been a 3-year starter. He has started at defensive and offensive tackle. The large majority of colleges are recruiting Tom as a defensive lineman. Last season he registered 81 tackles and 4 sacks.

"Coach (Paul) Dunn has been my main recruiter. I got to talk with him and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. Coach Wannstedt told me he has watched my film and they like what they saw. He said they are going to keep a close eye on me."

Nardo (pictured-#75) is capable of bench pressing 310 pounds, squatting 450 pounds and running a 4.9 forty-yard dash.

"I like Pitt, Iowa, WVU, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Boston College. School like my size and most believe I can grow into a tackle. I'm a smart football player that uses his head on the field."

"Tom and I attended a good practice. It was the first live scrimmage they held," stated Matt Balasavage. "I really enjoyed the practice. It had a great pace and we were able to see how they run their drills."

Balasavage is capable of playing tight end and defensive end on the next level. Most schools project him as a tight end. He has been a three-year starter.

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt told me that they were very interested in me. He said they would like to take at least two tight end prospects. I was able to speak with Coach (Greg) Gattuso as well. He told me they would be looking out for me. They liked what they saw on my tape."

Matt is capable of running a 4.8 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 250 pounds and squatting 350 pounds. He caught 30 passes for 315 yards as a junior. Balasavage earned first-team Associated Press All-State and All-League honors.

"I'm mostly interested in Pitt, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State and Connecticut. I'm going to visit Boston College, WVU and Virginia within the next few weeks."

"I'm very interested in Pitt. I could see myself playing there."

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