Timmis Checks Out Pitt Practice

The Pitt defensive coaches zeroed in on several players of the 2011 recruiting class that had ball skills. They may not have had a lot of experience on defense, but because of being the every-down back on defense, players like that sometimes project well as defensive players. Mercer Timmis, a 2012 linebacker prospect, also fits that mold.

Mercer Timmis is a 6-2, 205-pound athlete out of Buffalo (NY) Canisius. As a junior in 2011, he carried the ball 140 times for 1,500 yards on the ground, with 15 touchdowns. He also never fumbled the ball in any of his carries, on his way to all-western New York honors, all-Catholic League honors and all-state honors. He was also named offensive player of the year in his league.

Timmis was at Pitt's spring practice last Thursday, loving the intensity.

"It was pretty awesome," Timmis said. "After practice, I got to talk to the coaches, then I got a tour of the facilities. The facilities were unreal. I never saw such unreal facilities. It was a really good visit. I really like Pitt a lot. I like their coaching style. The intensity is unreal."

Timmis said watching Pitt run their inside run drills was his favorite part of the day, followed by a brief tour of the facilities.

"They took me through everything," Timmis said. "They went really in-depth on the whole tour; all the history, what each (meeting) room was, all the background info, the pictures and their accomplishments. I really liked it."

Timmis also had a chance to meet with Pitt head coach Todd Graham afterwards.

"I really like his coaching methods," Timmis said. "I just like the way he says nothing is given to you. You have to earn it all through hard work."

In addition to Pitt, Timmis has received interest from Bowling Green, Boston College, Syracuse, Akron, Harvard and Princeton. He plans on getting back to Bowling Green, Boston College, Syracuse and Buffalo for their prospect camps. He's also hopeful that he'll be able to get back for Pitt's prospect camp. Timmis has already been invited to the Penn State Nike Football Training Camp next month.

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