Dan Matha attends practice

University of Pittsburgh Class of 2007 commitment Dan Matha recently attended one of the Panthers practices at the UPMC Sports Complex on the South Side. The towering tackle spent time watching the Panthers' offensive line. He recently spoke with the PantherDigest.com about his observations.

"I was able to get down to practice and watch how the staff puts together training camp," stated Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell High School in Erie, PA. "It was really good. They do a great job putting together practice."

Matha accumulated roughly 30 scholarship offers. He narrowed his choices to Pitt and West Virginia and eventually chose the Panthers. Big Dan is capable of bench pressing 365 pounds, squatting 525 pounds and running a 5.2 forty-yard dash.

"I spent most of my time watching Coach (Paul) Dunn and the Panthers' offensive line," he said. "The one thing that's obvious is that the Panthers are lacking depth on the offensive line. That's why they are bringing me in next year."

"It might be me, but it looked like Mike McGlynn was the best guy on the line. He was impressive."

Scout.com Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Matha the 16th best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania. He has been given a "three-star" designation.

Matha attended practice with his teammate Jake Anderson (6-foot-5 inches, 280 pounds). Dan indicated that the Panthers continue to take a close look at him. "They told Jake they are going to evaluate his first few games and possibly offer," he said. "I think they like him at defensive tackle."

Matha was able to talk with the Panthers' coaching staff about his future. He stated, "I spoke to a few staff members. They told me I would probably compete with Mike McGlynn next year."

"McGlynn started his career as a freshman. I hope to take over when he leaves and stay at that position for years."

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.

Dan joins Pitt Class of 2007 offensive line commitments Greg Gaskins (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds) from William Penn Senior High School in York, PA, John Fieger (6-foot-5 inches, 280 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, PA, Chris Jacobson (6-foot-3 inches, 295 pounds) from Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, PA and Jordan Gibbs (6-foot-7 inches, 300 pounds) from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA.

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

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