Thomas Jefferson standout to visit Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is attempting to build a fence around Western Pennsylvania. He had a tremendous amount of success landing local players a year ago. Pitt will entertain a myriad of blue-chip players this weekend. One of them happens to be an outstanding local two-way standout.

"I'm heading down to Pitt this weekend for their junior day. I'm can't wait to go," stated tight end/defensive end Chris Drager (6-foot-4 inches, 230 pounds) from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA.

Drager is capable of playing tight end and defensive end on the next level. He told the PantherDigest.com that he prefers offense. He caught 17 passes for 265 yards and scored 1 touchdown as a junior. Chris registered 53 tackles and 9 sacks on defense.

"It's early and I still have basketball. It's hard for me to give a list of schools I really like. Pitt, Penn State and Ohio State are the three that quickly come to mind. Pitt is my hometown school and they are close to home. My family could come and see me play. I like them quite a bit."

Thomas Jefferson standout linebacker Nate Nix was one of the top defensive players to join the Panthers' stellar 2006 recruiting class. Drager will visit the Panthers will this teammate Dom DeCicco. DeCicco (6-foot-3 inches, 195 pounds) is considered one of the top secondary prospects in the WPIAL.

"Dom and I have talked about going to the same school. It would be great to play with him. Pitt picked up a great player in Nate. When he turns it up on the football field, nobody can stop him. He's going to have a great career at Pitt."

Chris is capable of running a 4.8 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 260 pounds and squatting 315 pounds. He has been a two year starter at tight end and defensive end.

When asked about his strengths from the tight end position, he stated, "I'm very physical and I like to run block. With Pitt wanting to run the ball, I think it plays to my strengths. I'm more physical than athletic but I can make the catch if you need it."

"I want to go to a school with a winning tradition. It would be great to go to bowl games. Pitt is going to be good in the future. I'm going give them a strong look."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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