Pat Narduzzi’s football program has consistently been making their way into the Top 10 for junior recruits and did so again with defensive end Mattheus Carroll from Gilman High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Recently, the 3-star prospect revealed that Pitt along with Virginia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Duke, Louisville, Maryland and Temple were the school he’ll be focusing on. Carroll (6’5″, 220) told PSN that the relationship he’s been able to form with Andre Powell is a major reason why Pitt is a serious contender for his services.
“Pitt has a really good thing going on with their program right now,” Carroll told PSN. “I had a really good time on my visit for a game back in November. They’ve been sending me stuff consistently and I’ve been doing my research on them and I’m really liking the school and the facilities that they have.”
“Coach Powell and I first started talking last April when I didn’t have many offers. We actually talked a lot about wrestling and things. After a while of not having a ton of communication, we re-connected when he invited me to their game and I went. Since then, the relationship has really took off from there. During this time, I’ve also had the chance to talk with and get to know Coach Partridge as well.”
The fact that Powell has stayed in pretty much constant communication with him is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed with Carroll and lets him know that Pitt’s interest in him is real.
“I can tell you now that some of the schools that I cut from the list are ones that really didn’t talk to me much after offering me,” said Carroll. “I’m really trying to cultivate real relationships during my recruiting process. I want to really get to know the coaches that are recruiting me, how they’re going to coach me and also how they’re going to mentor me while I’m in the program. That’s really big for me, the family aspect.”
Carroll’s biggest strength on the field is his ability to get after the opposing quarterback and the way in which the Panthers defense is able to do that, is something that has caught his eye.
“I tuned into their games this year and I know they have two really good defensive ends. It’s really encouraging to see because it shows me how I can fit in and how I could possibly contribute in their defense. They really like my length and ability to rush the passer and my outside contain.”
Check out my Junior year tape! 🔥 – https://t.co/WkOAPUFHu3
— Mattheus “Stretch” Carroll (@mc4mvp) November 12, 2019
Now that he’s down to a final ten schools, PSN asked Carroll is plan for narrowing that list down even more and timetable for eventually making his college decision.
“My hope is that everything in terms of visiting will open back up and the dead period will be over with by mid-summer,” said Carroll. “I do want to get in a few more visits to see some schools that I haven’t been to yet so that I can make a fair evaluation of everyone. I really wouldn’t want to commit to a place that I haven’t visited so I really want to get some more visits in. If that is able to happen, I do have a decision due date I guess around July or August before my season.”