Plautz Talks Pitt

Seneca Valley wide receiver Matthew Plautz has several connections to Pittsburgh, including his father who is a 1982 graduate. Plautz also has a few other conenctions to the school.

Seneca Valley wide receiver Matthew Plautz knows a bit about catching passes from Pitt Panthers quarterbacks.

Prior to suffering a broken wrist in his sophomore year Plautz was a quarterback himself.

As such, he took lessons from former Panthers signal caller Pete Gonzalez, participating in a camp the Walt Harris disciple runs for local high school quarterbacks.

"Two years ago, I was at the Metro Index Camp," said Plautz's father, Matt C. Plautz "My son was a blossoming quarterback and Pete Gonzalez was recommended to us.

"Pete has a select group of kids, quarterbacks and wide receivers, and has camps to prepare for the big summer camps."

After a 2007 season where the younger Plautz caught 51 passes for 659 yards- the 11th highest total in the WPIAL- and 6 touchdowns, the position change means in the coming weeks he'll be running routes and catching passes from Panther Royalty.

"It's been great. Pete has a dynamic influence on the kids," Matt C. Plautz said. "He speaks to their level."

Gonzalez speaks just as highly of his pupil.

"In my clinics I put him [at wide receiver] to run drills and such. He has good hands and is very particular to doing things the right way.

"He's very unselfish, a team guy, really," Gonzalez continued, explaining how Plautz kept a one-time quarterback competition at Seneca Valley in stride and only wanted to play the position that would allow him to help his team the most.

"He always wants more information and is a very athletic kid with a size 14 shoe and a bit of a wing span, but he's also willing to block."

After such praise from a former Pitt star, Panthers recruiters may also have an internal advantage when trying to speak to the young prospect.

"I grew up watching Pitt. My dad went to Pitt- he's a 1982 graduate," the younger Plautz said.

Plautz attended a combine at UPMC on Sunday and Pitt's junior day the weekend before.

"I really did enjoy my visit there. It feels like I'm still at home," he said.

However, while Bob Junko has come to Seneca Valley, so has Virginia assistant Bob Price.

It seems most of Pitt's would-be competitors are from below the Mason-Dixon Line.

"Right now, I'm getting more from the south than local areas," the prospect said. "I've heard from Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Georgia Tech. Most of the letters are from N.C. State or Georgia Tech."

"I've also received interest from Buffalo and Eastern Michigan and went to the a camp at Rutgers [in February]."

Harvard could also be a possibility.

"It was funny. [Harvard assistant coach Chris] Woods told me I'd have to bump up my GPA. But Pitt's coach said I had a good GPA and SAT score!"

For the record, the younger Plautz reports an 1140 score on his SAT.

On the field, he runs a (4.6) 40-yard dash and is working with a personal trainer three times a week at 6 a.m. to get down to (4.4.). Plautz will attend the Scout.com Combine at UPMC March 30.


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