Myles Caragein a Pitt Panther

The University of Pittsburgh landed one of the top defensive players in Western Pennsylvania a few hours ago. Myles Caragein (6-foot-3 inches, 265 pounds) from Keystone Oaks High School (Pittsburgh, PA) verbally committed to Head Coach Dave Wannstedt.

Myles Caragein chose the Panthers over North Carolina State, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Clemson and Arizona State. Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks him the 11th best player in the state of Pennsylvania. Caragein joins fellow teammate and Panther commit Chris Jacobson.

Caragein registered 68 tackles, 12 for a loss, 8 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. On offense, he caught 28 passes for 331 yards. He will play defensive end for the Panther.

Myles has a thick, wide frame. A number of scouts believe the he will eventually move to defensive tackle. He recently spoke with the and stated, "I don't mind moving to defensive tackle. I'll have to see how my body matures. If I outgrow defensive end, I'll move down."

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.

"This is huge news for the Panthers," stated Keystone Oaks High School Head Football Coach Nick Kamberis. "Pitt landed a player with 30 scholarship offers and they kept him home. If the Panthers continue to do that with most kids from the WPIAL, they are going to have something special."

"This is definitely a big shot in the arm for our football program. Keystone Oaks isn't known as a powerhouse like Woodland Hills or Penn Hills High School. Chris (Jacobson) and Myles (Caragein) going to Pitt is going to give our players a feeling of success. We're going to put their scholarship offers on our bulletin board."

"I want out younger players to see their scholarship offers and understand that hard work can pay offer. You won't find two harder working kids that Chris and Myles."

"Myles went about the entire process the right way. I wasn't sure Pitt was going to get him at first. He was very open to throughout the entire process. I could just tell that he was much more comfortable with the staff at Pitt. They did a great job recruiting him."

"Myles is currently 270 pounds and totally ripped. I see him as a 3-5 technique down tackle."

Nick Kamberis was interviewed by's Bob Lichtenfels.

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