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Trib Prospect: Clairton's Aaron Mathews

| Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:45 p.m.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News
Clairton junior quarterback Ryan Williams (right) and sophomore quarterback Aaron Mathews (left) work Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at training camp.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Clairton's players Aaron Mathews (left) and Jojuan Bray are proud to be a part of the city's 100th season of high school football.

At 6 foot 5, Clairton's Aaron Mathews causes headaches for small cornerbacks. Height isn't his only attribute.

“His ball skills are tremendous,” said Adam Friedman, the mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst at Rivals.com. “As he develops his footwork and his route running, it's going to be very difficult for any defensive back to really guard him in the open field.”

Pitt and Temple must agree. The two schools extended scholarship offers to Mathews, a 2016 graduate, on Friday. Freshman teammate Lamont Wade also received offers from both. Mathews already held a scholarship from Toledo.

“We see him being a major Division I prospect,” Friedman said.

Mathews ranked among the best underclassmen at the Rivals Camp Series event in Columbus, Ohio, two weeks ago. He was a quarterback and all-conference defensive back last season at Clairton but projects at receiver. He worked out in Columbus with the wideouts.

“You can't teach that size and athleticism,” Friedman said of the 187-pound sophomore. “He's not skinny by any means.”

— Chris Harlan

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