Pat Narduzzi wants to add at least three offensive lineman to this class and that process started today.
2019 offensive tackle Matthew Goncalves (6-6, 305) from Eastport-South Manor High School (Eastport, New York) made a verbal commitment to Pitt while making an unofficial visit.
Goncalves becomes Pitt’s 16th verbal commitment in the Class of 2019 and their first offensive lineman.
Prior to making a visit to Heinz Field and announcing his decision, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Goncalves about selecting Pitt as his next football home.
“It’s been my dream ever since I was a kid to play big-time college football at a big-time stadium,” said Goncalves. “Today is the biggest day of my life. I’ve been thinking about doing this since I was offered. Pitt has been on my mind. Since I’ve been a young player, my dream has been to play big-time football in front of 65,000 people. This is just a huge day and I’m going to enjoy the moment.”
“Yesterday, I was able to see the entire campus, the Cathedral of Learning, everything just stood out to me about Pitt from the great history of the school, the facilities, everything was just amazing. I can’t describe how much I loved it and how much my parents loved it.”
Goncalves was one of the players that participated in Pitt’s Prospect Camp in June and impressed Pat Narduzzi and Dave Borbley enough to earn an offer. Although he’s played tight end and defensive end in high school, the Pitt staff sees this mammoth prospect as a future left tackle.
“I’m coming to Pitt as an offensive tackle. Although I played tight end and defensive end last year, most of the coaches from camps I’ve attended want me to play tackle. I have some speed as I was a tight end a couple seasons ago but I made the transition because of my size and length.”
Credit Tim Salem, Pitt’s New York recruiter, for the initial contact and recruitment of Goncalves.
With the addition of Goncalves, Pitt’s next offensive line target is Sharpsville 4-star offensive tackle Ja’Quay Hubbard, who will be announcing his decision on September 1.