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WPIAL standout commits to Penn State

KEVIN GORMAN
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (TNS)

Clairton standout Aaron Mathews on Saturday announced on Twitter his verbal commitment to play football at Penn State, just minutes after the Nittany Lions lost to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Clairton's Aaron Mathews is Penn State's newest recruiting commitment.

“The recruiting process was fun,” Mathews wrote. “I'd like to thank all my coaches that helped me throughout. I'd like to thank all the universities that took the time (to) recruit me but after sitting down for awhile and talking with my family, I'm blessed to say I've decided to commit to Penn State University!!”

Mathews chose the Nittany Lions, who offered earlier this week, over scholarship offers from Pitt, Toledo and West Virginia. He is the 19th player to commit to Penn State in the Class of 2016 and joins Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders as its second WPIAL recruit.

The 6-foot-4, 188-pound Mathews, ranked as the nation's No. 50 athlete by Rivals.com, played anywhere from quarterback to wide receiver and linebacker and safety in three seasons as a starter at Clairton. He is expected to play receiver, his natural position, at Penn State.

Mathews was a first-team, all-state selection as a senior, when he played quarterback and led the Bears to the WPIAL Class A championship. Mathews ranked third in the WPIAL with 2,478 passing yards and 30 touchdowns with five interceptions and also rushed for 383 yards and nine scores on 55 carries.

Mathews starred at receiver as a junior, recording 50 receptions for 815 yards and nine touchdowns as the Bears won the WPIAL title and lost in the PIAA final.

As a sophomore, Mathews split time between the two positions. He rushed for 1,034 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 503 yards and six scores and also had 11 catches for 189 yards and five touchdowns. The Bears were 54-4 in his four-year career, with three WPIAL titles, one state title and a PIAA runner-up finish.