Matt Rotheram, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound three-star offensive guard from North Olmstead, Ohio, is the 12th recruit for Pittsburgh in its 2010 class and second offensive lineman.
He joins Brandon Sacco from Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, N.J., but Rotheram is more highly rated. He is the No. 21-ranked offensive guard in the country by Scout.com. The other top offensive guard on Pitt's wish list is Sal Conaboy from Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pa.
Rotheram reportedly had nearly 40 offers and chose the Panthers ahead of Purdue, LSU, West Virginia, Boston College, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa. His home-state Ohio State Buckeyes have not offered him. Pitt's campus isn't too far for Rotheram's family to visit, but that's just one reason he committed.
"It's a really nice campus,'' Rotheram said. "They share their facilities with the Steelers, which is awesome. (And) I love the relationship Pitt has with the Steelers. It's pretty special, and I don't think you see that anywhere else.
"They also have an up-and-coming football team, one on the rise, and I think they're supposed to win the Big East this year. So, that's great, and they have excellent academics. I was very impressed with that.''
Rotheram also has developed a good relationship with Pitt offensive line coach Tony Wise, who has kept in touch with the player since his recruitment began.
"He knows a lot about the game,'' Rotheram said. "It would be great to play for him. The coaches (were) the biggest thing. If I didn't like the coaches I wouldn't want to play there. I also wanted to be in a good area and where they have good fans and support.''
Rotheram reportedly bench-presses 330 pounds, squats 475 and has a 26-inch vertical jump. So, he is powerful and believed that is an asset.
"I'm a good run-blocker,'' Rotheram said. "I have a mean streak when I play, and I play until the (final whistle. Every play, I know where I'm going, and I don't let anyone get by me. But we don't pass block much. I'm not used to doing it, but I think we'll be passing more this season.''
The Panthers also have commitments from safety Derrick Burns from Wilmington Area HS in New Wilmington, Pa.; defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh; safety Jeff Knox Jr. from Dematha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, Md.; wideout Salath Williams from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa.; defensive end T.J. Clemmings from Paterson, N.J. Catholic HS; cornerback K'Wuan Williams from St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, N.J.; Sacco and defensive end Bryan Murphy from Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, N.J.; wideout Kevin Weatherspoon from Clairton, Pa. HS; running back T.J. Peeler from Broad Run HS in Ashburn, Va.; and wideout Andrew Carswell from Sto-Rox HS in McKees Rocks, Pa.
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