Dan Matha a Panther

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. Matha opted to join Chris Jacobson and John Fieger today and commit to Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from massive offensive tackle Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. He chose the Panthers over West Virginia. Several other upper echelon programs offered as well.

"My decision came down to Pitt and West Virginia. I really liked both school. I sat back and asked myself where I could see myself playing. I simply kept coming back to Pitt. I really liked the coaching staff. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and staff had a true interest in me on and off the field. I just thought, why wait?"

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 decided to call Coach Wannstedt today before I lifted weights. He was really excited to add me to the program. Pitt wants to rebuild their offensive line and I want to be part of that. I believe I can push for early playing time if I work hard. I'm excited about my decision."

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.

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

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