Florida TE holds PITT offer

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. It appears the Panthers are off to an early lead with a talented tight end.

"I'm up to three scholarship offers right now," stated athletic tight end Mat Williams (6-foot-4 inches, 230 pounds) from Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, FL. "Pittsburgh, Ole Miss and Wake Forest have officially offered me in writing. It looks like Duke, Georgia Tech, South Florida and Central Florida are very close as well."

"The Panthers were the first school to offer me a scholarship. That really stands out in my mind. It's early and I'm still fairly open, but they are tops on my list to visit."

Williams is capable of bench pressing nearly 300 pounds, squatting 350 pounds and running a 4.8 forty-yard dash. He's primarily known as a physical blocking tight end.

"I have been working on improving my strength and speed this summer. My goal is to weight about 240 pounds by the start of the season. I have no set plans right now in terms of summer football camps. I don't think I can make it up to the Panthers' camp, but I fully plan on visiting there during their football season. I want to learn more about the school and football program."

Williams had 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. Aubrey Hill, Pitt's wide receivers coach, has been his main contact.

"I'm known for my run blocking but I have soft hands and I can catch the ball in traffic. I know Pitt wants to run the ball and my blocking skills would fit in naturally with their system."

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt stopped down at one of our practices. It was awesome seeing him on the sidelines. He's a bigger guy that what I first imagined."

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

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