Panthers Dip Into Philly Again

Pittsburgh's had a nice run of commits from Philadelphia, and the latest is West Catholic High's Patrick Amara.

Pittsburgh's ability to dip into Philadelphia was on display again Wednesday morning when West Catholic High's Patrick Amara gave his verbal commitment.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Amara, who earned the offer after camping at Pittsburgh last week, made the decision after speaking about it with his family. Amara played outside linebacker and receiver as a junior but will enter Pittsburgh as a safety.

"He's a very athletic," West Catholic coach Brian Flunk said. "He's probably going to put more weight on and be 200, 210 pounds. He's really just hitting the weight room and getting bigger and stronger."

Flunk plans to use Amara as a free safety this season so he can control the back end of the defense and play sideline-to-sideline.

"He's an aggressive player," Flunk said. "He played outside lienbacker for us last year and he had seven sacks and led team in tackles. He's aggressive and also can run a 4.6, and play man-to-man. We're hoping he can be an eraser type player making plays for us all over the back of the field. He's still learning the game and he's not afraid to play physical."

Amara worked out at Pittsburgh's camp in the secondary and the Panthers liked his ability to run and his explosion.

"They liked his athleticism, his chance of speed, and they think he will be able to come up and cover people," Flunk said. "He has a very good frame, and he tested well. They see a lot of growth potential in him. They think he'll get bigger and bigger. He will keep on hitting the weights."

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