State Native Working For Offer

Despite having four offensive linemen already in the recruiting fold, WVU continues to look for more help up front in this year's recruiting class.

One of those players is Keyser offensive linemen Matt Altobello. At 6-4 and 280 lbs., Altobello certainly has the size to stack up against Division 1 opponents.

"My size and quickness are probably my best attributes," Altobello said. "It's always been my dream to play in Division 1."

Altobello has been a frequent visitor to the West Virginia campus, making the trip over from Keyser for both summer camps and WVU's first two home games.

"The facilities are great, and I was treated really well," Altobello said. I got along well with the coaches, and I had a really nice experience at camps."

During thos summer sessions, Altobello was competing for attention with players like John Bradshaw, who has already committed to WVU, and Jon Krohe, whom the Mountaineers are recruiting. And although those players have a higher profile, Altobello felt like he held his own.

"I felt like I measured up well against them," he said. "I just tried to work hard and get the coaches' attention."

One area in which Altobello does feel he needs to improve is his intensity. He said that he needs to play "with more fire and emotion", something that he's been working on this year.

Although a scholarship offer from WVU has not yet been made, Altobello does not seem worried about the recruiting process.

"The coaches told me they wanted to watch some film of my first few games," Altobello explained. "I have been sending those off to them."

Keyser has played three games so far this year, and has a big contest coming up against Ft. Hill of Maryland this week. Included on that team is junior wide receiver Andre Pope, who is also on the Mountaineers' recruiting list for next year.

Altobello is playing both offensive and defensive line for the 2-1 Golden Tornado, and expects to play on the offensive side of the ball in college.

"I'm really more comfortable on the offensive line. Blocking and pass protection come naturally to me. I think I can play either guard or tackle in college."

Altobello was a first team AA All-State and first team All Area selection last year, and hopes to duplicate those honors again this season. He plans to major in either elementary education or pharmacy, and will have no problems qualifying.

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