The name John Matarazzo should be familiar to many Pitt fans. Matarazzo's dad, of the same name, played for Pitt from 1984-87. The younger Matarazzo has been the starting quarterback for the New Castle Red Hurricanes since his sophomore year. His dad, a former tight end at New Castle, chose the Panthers over Miami (FL) and Ohio State back in 1984.
Matarazzo can't receive any official offers until September, yet this past weekend was already his third year going to a Pitt camp.
"I've been going since I went as an eighth grader," Matarazzo said. "I think it's become a little easier each year. I'm able to be more competitive with the guys. In eighth grade, it seemed everyone was better than me. It's different now, because now I can compete."
As a sophomore, Matarazzo threw for over 2,100 yards and 18 touchdown passes. He was a third-team all-state selection in a conference that included running backs Rushel Shell and Michael Caputo. Just coming to Pitt's camp for one day, he still feels there's something he can get out of it.
"I think it's a pretty cool thing, being able to go down there," Matarazzo said of the camp. "A lot of good coaches were there. (Akron quarterbacks coach) Ron Powlus was there. Coach Cignetti, the Pitt coach, was there. They were there to tell you any little thing you did wrong."
As far as the interest Matarazzo could generate starting this fall, all he knows is that a few coaches have been by to meet with his coaches.
"I'm aware a little bit," Matarazzo said of the interest, potentially heading his way. "I really don't know (which schools have come by). I just hear, so I don't know for sure. It's hard to say."
With a good performance this past weekend, he's surely to be on Pitt's watch list for 2012. In the mean time, he'll set his sights competing in a Parkway Conference that includes a different Division I prospect almost every week.
"I think that it's fun playing in a conference like that," Matarazzo said. "Every week, you're playing one of the best teams in the WPIAL. It's fun to see that."