Ohio Center Visits Pitt

Pitt is making a strong impression on a lot of Ohio prospects this spring. Add Upper Arlington's Spencer Luallen to the list.

If there's one area of the country that Todd Graham's staff has had some early success making an impression upon, it's the state of Ohio. The Panthers have 11 offers extended to Ohio prospects, and have had at least half of those prospects in to watch spring practice so far.

They're also attracting other Ohio players, who want to take time in the spring and try to visit as many schools as they can, to compare Pitt to other schools, or better learn which direction they want to go.

Spencer Luallen is one of those. The 6-3, 250-pound center out of Upper Arlington (OH) stopped by Pittsburgh on Thursday to watch spring practice.

"I think that Pitt has a great program, I've always watched them," Luallen said. "I've kept them close, it's a program that's kind of close to us. What they're building, it's awesome."

Luallen has also taken trips to Purdue and Toledo this spring. One of the things he quickly noticed about Pitt's practice, was the tempo at which the team moved through drills.

"I kind of liked it," Luallen said of the tempo. "It reminded me of Oregon's style, where they beat people on endurance and speed. I thought it was pretty cool. The thing I noticed the most about their practice, was their passion. They didn't want to get beat. They wanted to get their passion out."

After the practice, Luallen had a chance to meet with Pitt head coach Todd Graham, and also got a tour of Pitt's practice facilities.

"It got to talk to Coach Graham for a few minutes, he seems like a great guy," Lualllen said. "We got a tour of the entire facility. I stayed closer to the linemen, since I'm on the offensive line. I really enjoyed it. I talked to (offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich) about some of their drills. They were very helpful. I really enjoyed everything."

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