Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers coaching staff reeled in their 16th recruit of the 2019 cycle on Tuesday afternoon, as offensive lineman Matt Goncalves of Eastport-South Manor High School in Manorville, New York, took to Twitter to announce his commitment to the program.
First off I would like to give god all the glory for giving me the ability to have this opportunity. I’d like to thank my coaches my teammates my family and my friends for getting me through the recruiting process. I am officially committed to the university of Pittsburgh!! pic.twitter.com/4U0kqjC9eE— Matthew D Goncalves (@MattGoncalves77) July 31, 2018
“I’d like to thank my coaches, my teammates, my family and my friends for getting me through the recruiting process,” Goncalves said. “I am officially committed to the University of Pittsburgh.”
Goncalves has not been assigned a star rating by Rivals, 247Sports or ESPN, but he looks the part of a lineman, as he stands 6’5” tall and weighs in at 307 pounds. He also drew seven offers during his recruitment and chose Pitt over Buffalo, Toledo, UConn and four FCS schools.
The New York recruit was offered by Pitt on June 14, and in addition to the sheer size he brings to the table, he should also be relatively athletic and mobile, as he has previously played at both defensive end and tight end during the course of his high school career.
Goncalves is the first offensive lineman Narduzzi has added to his defensively oriented 2019 class, but Pitt already has plenty of depth at the position. The Panthers roster currently includes 17 offensive linemen, including two incoming freshmen and six redshirt freshmen.