Western PA DE high on 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.

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Greg) Gattuso were in my high school today talking with my coach, Coach (Nick) Kamberis," stated Myles Caragein (6-foot-3 inches, 265 pounds). "I didn't have the opportunity to talk with my coach yet but I know Pitt would like to have me, Lumpy (Chris Jacobson) and Gino (Gradkowski). Lumpy was their first commitment."

Ten schools have offered Caragein, an accomplished wrestler, a scholarship. Pitt, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, Clemson and Arizona State are amongst the schools that have offered. According to Myles, he is very "open" at this time.

"I would say I'm wide open at this point. To be honest, I won't focus on cutting my list down until the end of summer. I might make a decision before the season. Pitt, Notre Dame, Michigan and Notre Dame remain some of my favorites."

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 is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Pennsylvania. He was quick to state, "Lumpy is always recruiting me. He really wants me to go to Pitt."

Caragein registered 68 tackles, 12 for a loss, 8 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. One offense, he caught 28 passes for 331 yards. Most schools are recruiting Myles as a defensive end.

Caragein has a thick, wide frame. A number of scouts believe the he will eventually move to defensive tackle. When asked he agreed, Myles stated, "A number of people have told me think I'm going to end up a tackle. I have the frame to add another 20 to 30 pounds so that could happen. I guess I would have to monitor my growth and see what happens."

"Pitt has several things going for them. They are close to home, I like their staff and they are adding a great amount of talent. Like I said, I'm probably looking at a late summer decision."

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

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