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DeMatha tight end picks Pittsburgh

It was a crazy start to the week for DeMatha tight end Joe Collura. The 6-foot-4, 247-pound junior went with three teammates to Pittsburgh's junior day on Sunday, received a scholarship offer from the Panthers on Monday and that evening committed to play for Coach Dave Wannstedt.

DeMatha annually produces plenty of scholarship players, but Coach Bill McGregor said this is the earliest one of his players has committed to a college.

"It was my first time up in Pittsburgh, but I had been talking to the coaches for awhile," said Collura, whose older brother, Joe, plays for Air Force.

Offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and defensive linemen Darian Cooper and Kendall Patterson went with Collura to Pittsburgh. After touring the campus, they met with position coaches and went to the Panthers' basketball game that afternoon.

"When we broke off into meetings, their tight ends coach was straightforward what he expects tight ends to do, blocking and running routes," Collura said. "Right then and there, I had an idea. Coming in, I was thinking Pittsburgh where I wanted to go. That seemed perfect right there."

On Monday, after reviewing Collura's game films, the Panthers extended a scholarship offer and it did not take long for him to decide.

"Everything was going crazy in our household, my dad was calling all the family," Collura said. "Two hours later, after talking with Coach McGregor and my dad, I decided to commit. It seemed like an obvious choice."

By Josh Barr  | February 23, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Cyrus Kouandjio, Darian Cooper, DeMatha, Football, Kendall Patterson, Pittsburgh  
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