Virbitsky Playing Waiting Game

Lakeland High School is preparing for the season taking part in a series of scrimmages against nearby West Scranton High School and we recently caught up with Justin Virbitsky between those activities to see what's been up with the Jermyn, Pa., native. He was able to visit two schools recently and filled us in on the details.

Akron, Buffalo, Duke and Temple are still the only four schools that have offered scholarships to Lakeland High School tight end Justin Virbitsky, however Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt have recently stepped up their recruiting efforts just a bit for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete. Virbitsky filled us in on his most recent visits to Pittsburgh and Akron and talked about the interest he is getting from Vanderbilt.

"Coach (Brian) Angelichio at Pittsburgh said that they had offered two tight ends in Nic DiLillo and Hubie Graham that they were still in on and were really just waiting to see what they did, particularly Hubie Graham," Virbitsky explained. "He said they could take one or two tight ends and there is a chance that I could get an offer if they do not get those guys. I liked it a lot out at Pitt and the facilities are very nice. I also have an uncle that lives close by which is nice."

"Akron was also very nice and it was my first time there," Virbitsky said. "They definitely had the best facilities I have seen so far and the indoor field there was really, really nice. I met the entire staff who were great and was given a tour of the campus which I definitely felt comfortable on."

"Vanderbilt is another school that I have been hearing from a lot lately and I think I am pretty close to an offer from them to play defensive end," Virbitsky stated. "They said they will be paying close attention to me in the beginning of my senior year. I like that they play in the SEC and offer great academics. The distance wouldn't bother me a bit."

As a junior, Virbitsky played defensive tackle, defensive end and tight end for Lakeland High School and was named first-team All-Region and All-League at defensive end. He was also named to the WNEP Super 16 Team at defensive end.

On defense, he registered 75 tackles, five sacks and recovered four fumbles. From his tight end position he caught eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Virbitsky is also an excellent student, reporting a 3.6 core GPA in mostly AP classes and claims a 1280 SAT score.

He is being recruited at three positions for the collegiate level and could end up playing defensive end, tight end or offensive tackle depending on which school he attends.

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