Three-star defensive end McKenzie Mathews out of Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers has decided to head out of state for college football. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder signed today with Pittsburgh over offers from Boston College, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers and Syracuse.
"He decided to go with Pittsburgh," said Christian Brothers head coach Joe Casamento. "I believe he could have easily gone to all four of the schools he was down to. Michigan, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are all great universities with solid staffs and wonderful academics. He trusted all of the schools and I think he could have been happy at any of them, but it really came down to where he fit and he just felt he fit better at Pittsburgh."
Casamento wasn't sure if Mathews would see the field next year for the Panthers.
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"All he knows is that he has to come in and work hard, but there might be a chance."
What kind of player did Dave Wannstedt and his team land?
"McKenzie has great upside," he said. "First off he's young and actually should be a senior here next year. He's a very good speed rusher and he never gets off his feet. He's a real athletic kid that can play and just a little work in the weight room will do a lot. Mathews is also very intelligent and I think he'll be a great one for them."
Mathews hauled in 106 tackles, 30 for loss, 26 sacks and one interception as a senior.