Gaskins & Matha comment on Pitt visit

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt put a high priority on the recruitment of offensive linemen. Pitt has been fortunate to land five outstanding prospects. Two of them visited the Panthers over the weekend. The spoke with Greg Gaskins and Dan Matha.

Pitt hosted a myriad of talented players over the weekend. Two players, offensive linemen Greg Gaskins (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds) from William Penn High School in York, PA and Dan Matha (6-foot-7 inches, 310 pounds) from McDowell Senior High School in Erie, PA, had previously committed to the Panthers. The spoke with them about their visit to Pittsburgh.

"I had a great time. It was a lot of fun," stated towering offensive tackle prospect Dan Matha. "Scott Corson was my host. It was nice to hang around the team a little more and get more comfortable with the players." ranks Matha the 15th best offensive tackle in the nation and a "four star" recruit. He committed to the Panthers in late June. A towering physical specimen, Dan bench presses 400 pounds and squats close to 600 pounds. He has the ability to push for early playing time as a freshman. Dan chose Pitt over offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan State and Connecticut.

When asked about his role with the Panthers, he stated, "The staff wants me to play right tackle. Next year Mike McGlynn's going to be a senior. I believe they want me to line up behind him and learn from him next year. I would take over the right tackle position once he graduates."

"I recently took the SAT. The score I got matched up with my GPA on the sliding scale. Academically, I'm qualified to play football for Pitt next year," said Matha.

"The weekend went really well. C.J. Davis was my host. We had a great time," stated Gaskins. "Dave and Busters was a lot of fun on Friday. Saturday they toured us around the facilities, dorms and academic buildings. The best part for me was hanging around with the team Saturday night." ranks Gaskins the 18th best offensive center in the nation and a "three-star" recruit. Greg committed to the Panthers in late June after an impressive summer camp showing. He chose Pitt over Maryland. Gaskins is an outstanding student. He's currently ranked fourth in his class of 290 students. Greg was originally set to join the Pitt football team in January. He has opted to wait until June.

"The coaches still want me at center. They asked me to work really hard and come ready to play. The ball seems to be in my court. If I come in good shape, I might see some playing time next year," said Gaskins.

"I'm 6-foot-4 inches tall right now and 285 pounds. I don't turn 17 until January. The coaches think my body isn't done growing,"

Gaskins was asked if he was capable or shifting to guard or tackle if he were to grow an additional one to two inches. He quickly replied, "I know I'm not done growing. Shifting to tackle would be easy for me. I played tackle all this year on my team. Right now, I'm going to be focusing on being Pitt's future center."

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