Plautz Plays The Field

Matt Plautz is a likeable athlete that one just can't help rooting for after a brief conversation with him.

A 6-foot-5, 190-pound wide receiver from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, Pa., Matthew Plautz has gotten interest from a number of colleges, including Pittsburgh, but no offers. That hasn't dampened his spirits, however, nor has it changed his attitude about the Panthers.

"Our quarterback (C.J. Brown) committed (to Maryland), and that makes me wonder where I'm at as far as the area colleges are concerned,'' Plautz said. "I have a lot of good schools that have shown an interest in me, like Pitt, and they want me to visit their campus. So, I go on a visit, do pretty well in a workout and have a good time, but they never get back to me with an offer.

"They send me e-mails and call me, but I don't get any offers. I'm not mad or anything, but it's a little frustrating right now. I'd like to be sitting at home with 30 offers and not worrying about anything, but that's not the case with me. So, I just have to keep working hard, and whatever comes out of it will come out of it. That's the attitude and outlook I have right now.''

Plautz noted that he hears the most from Pitt and Cincinnati, as well as MAC schools like Eastern Michigan, Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green.

"They've shown me a lot of interest, and I like them all,'' Plautz said. "I love Pitt, and I love coming down here,'' Plautz said. "I think I did pretty well in the Scout Combine here and at Pitt's camp. I was really loose and felt pretty good out there. Hopefully, everybody else thinks I did pretty well, too.''

Plautz is a wideout by trade, but some schools believe he could grow into a tight end. He catches just about every pass thrown his way and runs well, but doesn't have blazing speed (from 4.6 to 4.7 seconds in a 40-yard dash). Plautz caught 51 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns.

Plautz has a good relationship with the Pitt coaching staff, so an offer could come from the Panthers at some point this year.

"I used to be a quarterback, so I know Coach Cav real well,'' Plautz said. "And I got a chance to meet Coach Bossard, the new wide receivers coach, so that's good. And, of course, the recruiting coach, Mike Antonoplos. They're all good guys, and the facilities are really great.

"So, I like everything about Pitt. I think they like me, too, but we'll see what happens once my senior season starts. If I have some big games to start the season, the first few games, I'm sure schools will have more interest. And maybe I'll start get some offers then.''

Plautz's father, Matt C. Plautz, is a 1982 Pitt grad.

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