Stepoli Back At Pitt

Monessen (PA) offensive lineman Josh Stepoli came away impressed with the tempo of Pitt's spring practice.

One of the things Josh Stepoli quickly picked up on when watching Pitt's spring practice this week was the tempo, and the new spread offense.

"I liked it," Stepoli said. "The coaches are different. I liked the spread offense, I like the way they're running it. They go hard from when they start, to the end, I think they're going to be good this year."

Stepoli also had a chance to meet with head coach Todd Graham and offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich.

"I talked to all of the coaching staff, and they said they want me bad," Stepoli said. "They said I have a chance of playing early if I go there, since their left tackle (Jordan Gibbs) is a senior."

He also got a better idea of how Leftwich runs things with the offensive line, by sitting in on a little of the offensive line's positional meeting.

"They told me to come up early so I could sit in the meeting with the lineman," Stepoli said. "I like (Leftwich)'s personality. When it's not football time, he's joking with the players. When football comes, he's more serious. I like that. It's just really good. They have a good coaching staff. I like the coaches. They're cool, they like to goof around. They run a spread. I like it there."

Stepoli feels that Maryland and Michigan State are close to offering him next. Aside from those two schools, there's a couple of other spring practices he'd like to get to. He's unsure if he'll be at Pitt's spring game.

"I think I'm going to West Virgnia's spring game," Stepoli said. "I think I'm going to Rutgers' spring practice next week, or in two weeks, and I'm attending the Nike Training Camp (at Penn State) on the 30th (of April)."

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