Mike is rated by several recruiting services to be one of the top 5 lineman prospects in the state of Ohio, and it is thought that since he didn't play last year due to a scheduling mistake, that he may very likely play himself into the best offensive lineman prospect in the state of Ohio. Mike spent last season working out in the weight room and practicing with the team. Prepstar magazine also lists Mike as being able to bench press 340 lb's, Squat 550 lb's and run a 5.2 40. Mike was supposed to be the first Ohio Offensive lineman offered at the Senior Showcase camp at Ohio State, but he cancelled the trip when he realized that Pitt was the best choice for himself. Mike mentioned coach Bob Junko, the facilities being 2nd to none, and that fact that Pitt is close by and his dad can come watch play, as the main reasons for selecting the Panthers. Mike was offered by the Panthers after attending there camp a few weeks ago and gave a verbal after visiting with his parents. Mike started 10 games as a sophomore at the center position. He is an outstanding athlete who also plays baseball and basketball. Mike is known to be an excellent pass blocker. Others showing heavy interest in Mike included Ohio State, Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Pitt played last season with only 3 offensive tackles on scholarship, on the roster, so Mike couldn't ask for a better opportunity.
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