November 8, 2006
Matha looks forward to game with rival
Early this past summer Pitt received an important verbal commitment from offensive tackle Dan Matha (6' 6" 311) from Erie McDowell. The Pantherlair caught up with Matha to see how his season has gone.
Matha said, "We are now 5-5. It has been a little disappointing. I thought we would do better. We have had trouble on offense this year scoring points. We have made a few changes lately and I think we could do better in the playoffs. We have been in every game. With the exception of the Shaler game our losses have been by a touchdown or less. We had a couple of tough losses to teams from the WPIAL." The Trojans lost to North Hills 10-7 and North Allegheny 7-0."
Matha went on to say, "This Friday night we play our rival Erie Cathedral Prep in a District 10 playoff game. We lost to them by one point in September. I like our chances this time around. Our defensive line is very nasty right now. We are more physical up front than they are." Note: Erie Cathedral Prep beat McDowell 21-20 in late September.
We asked Matha how is health was holding up late in the season? He replied, "I am fine. I have the normal bumps and bruises that you usually have this time of year but I am ready to go Friday night. I probably have lost a little weight over the course of the season. I am probably in the 290 to 295 pound range right now."
Matha chose Pitt over offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan State, Maryland and Connecticut.
Rivals.com ranked Matha as the No. 19 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania. He was also ranked as the No. 43 offensive tackle prospect in the country.
In addition to Matha Pitt also has verbal commitments from Chris Jacobson (6' 3" 284), Greg Gaskins (6' 2" 280), John Fieger (6' 5" 274), and Jordan Gibbs (6' 7" 290). All of them are expected to bolster the offensive line down the road.
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