Individual and overnight camp sessions have concluded at the University of Pittsburgh's summer camp. This weekend's passing camp marks the end of another successful summer for Dave Wannstedt and his Panthers staff. Here is a notebook of some of the campers who caught our eyes on offense.
In what is widely considered a weak year for quarterbacks across the board there weren't a lot of guys who looked like offer type players. The two best looking players we saw were underclassmen D.J. Barney
from Strong Vincent High in Erie, Pa., and C.J. Brown
from Seneca Valley, Pa. Folks may remember Barney from our Pittsburgh
combine, because he was one of the best looking kids there as well. He should help ease the loss of Maurice Williams
this year for the Colonels. Brown is a little undersized, but he has a silky smooth deliver and was one of the more accurate signal callers all week.
Zack Stoudt from Dublin-Coffman, Ohio performed well enough to earn and offer from the Panthers. Most Pittsburghers are Steelers fans so they all know the name Stoudt. Zack's father Cliff was a quarterback for Chuck Noll and the Steelers.
Michael Hermann was a player that we had not previously heard or seen anything on, but at roughly 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, he immediately garnered our attention. Herman, from Hilton Head Prep, S.C., is a little raw when it comes to fundamentals, but he showed decent velocity and had a nice spin on the ball. Matt McGloin who hails from West Scranton, Pa., is another quarterback that we had scouted previously. A camp setting is not the best atmosphere for a quarterback like him to show his skills. McGloin is an athlete who excels while on the run and scrambling. He's not your typical pocket-style passer. Nolan Kearney is a talented quarterback from Downingtown West, Pa., who has a ton of upside. The one problem we have noticed with Kearney is consistency. He looks like an NFL caliber player and then an hour later he struggles. Once he gets consistent with his skill set he could be one of the better quarterbacks in the region.
Once again the standouts in this group were class of 2009 prospects. Pennsylvania and Ohio were represented by arguably the top running back prospects in both states. Jeremiah Young, a talented back from Harrisburg (Pa.) Steelton-Highspire is a dangerous cut-back runner, but he also exhibited a very powerful lower body.
We have seen Darrell Mason before, but we did not see the awesome display of power that the Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline star put on at Pittsburgh's camp. During blocking drills the running backs and linebackers did a goal-line type scenario and Mason was the dominant blocker in the drill.
Centerville (Ohio) running back James Cravens continues to look impressive, but is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. Da'Jovir Cornnielies of Middletown, Ohio is another athlete to keep an eye on. He is a chiseled up prospect who could end up as a fullback at the next level.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
It was rather easy to pick the two most impressive wide receivers at the camp. Aliquippa, Pa., four-star and Scout.com National 100 selection Jonathan Baldwin was a man amongst boys. During his junior season we had him pegged as a tight end prospect, but he showed us enough that we switched him to wide receiver. Marcus Sales
made the journey to Pittsburgh from Syracuse, N.Y. The four-star prospect from Christian Brothers Academy did not disappoint as he flashed the skills that made him one of the nation's best receivers. Sales has outstanding hands, he rarely ever misses a pass if its anywhere near him. Conestoga, Pa., receiver Nihja White
continues to impress us a little more each time we see him. He is not a burner, but he has outstanding ball skills and is one of the more polished pass catchers that you'll find in this class.
The two best tight ends at the camp were in street clothes visiting the Panthers unofficially were West Scranton, Pa., four-star tight end Hubie Graham and fellow four-star tight end Nic DiLillo from Madison, Ohio. Both have stated that had great visits with the Panthers. DiLillo was committed to Clemson, but changed his mind recently and opened up his recruitment.
One position where a few players could earn an offer at this camp was along the offensive line as a number of prospects were competing for a few offers. Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell offensive tackle Ryan Turnley
had an impressive performance and as it turns out he has been the only know offer among the offensive linemen at the camp. Central York (Pa.) guard Wayne Tribue also had a solid showing and it would not surprise us if he eventually earned an offer from the Panthers. A pair of names surfaced on to the radar as interior linemen Jim Sabia
of Dumore, Pa. and Steve Ciocca of Royersford (Pa.) Spring-Ford both turned in very solid performances. Nick Speller
spent a few days in Pittsburgh looking to impress the staff. The big lineman from Edmondson-Westside High in Baltimore, Md., struggled at first, but got better as the week went on. Mike Farrell
of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shadyside Academy and R.J. Dill
of Camp Hill (Pa.) Trinity, both looked good at times and struggled at others. Both players have great frames and are very raw. Farrell has exceptional feet and could develop in a system that will allow him to come along slowly. Hatboro-Horsham, Pa., offensive tackle Travis Poston
also turned in an impressive performance. Keep an eye on class of 2009 prospect Adam Citko
from Southampton (Pa.) Archbishop Wood. He has a very good skill set and should only get better.