Dan Matha visits Panthers

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff have been searching for big and athletic offensive tackles. None are larger than massive Dan Matha from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. He visited the Panthers on Sunday and spoke with the PantherDigest.com shortly after.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Pitt today. They really did a nice job rolling out the red carpet," stated massive offensive tackle Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School in Erie, PA.

"I was able to take a full look at the campus and where the freshmen stay. We went to the top of the Cathedral of Learning, checked out some of the places where players hang out and we spent some more time at the UPMC practice facilities."

Matha previously 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 really like the coaching staff at Pitt, I already knew they were great, straight-forward guys and this trip simply backed my view of them. I spent time talking with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Paul) Dunn and Coach (Paul) Rhodes. They are great guys."

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 taking a close look at his teammate Jake Anderson (6-foot-5 inches, 280 pounds).

"I'm still looking at more schools but right now I keep going back to Pitt and WVU. Both schools have great coaching staffs, great facilities and I feel comfortable at both. WVU has the best weight room I have seen and they told me they are taking five offensive linemen. They told me they lose a lot after this season and I would see playing time. Pitt has great talent coming in, a great staff, playing time and I love the city of Pittsburgh. I'm truly torn."

When will he make a decision? "I have always said I would wait until after the season. That's started to change. I may make a decision before the season. There are other schools I'm looking at but it might come down to Pitt and WVU."

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

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