Micheal Summers is listed as a 6-2, 190-pound safety prospect, but that might not be the position he ends up at. It's certainly not the position Pitt is recruiting him for, and that in itself is one reason why Summers is excited about the Panthers, less than a week after getting that offer from them.
"Pitt offered as a corner, and I think a lot of the others are looking for me to just be an athlete—this spot that spot, whether it's receiver, running back, quarterback, wildcat quarterback," Summers said. "They just basically want me to be a corner. That's the position that really stands out to me, too. There's not that many 6-1 corners than can run, and there's not many 6-1 corners that can cover the big receiver."
Interestingly, Summers' focus for his Statesboro team is hardly defense. He plays quarterback, running back and receiver for his team, where he put together over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns. That's one thing this Pitt coaching staff is attracted to—players like Summers, who have the play in their hands on every play of offense, even if they don't play defense. The thinking is a player used to having his hands on the ball every play, develops a need or a nose for the ball when he's on defense.
That, combined with Summers' love for the corner position look pretty good for Pitt right now. Summers is also off to a pretty good start with Pitt assistant Paul Randolph, who is in charge of recruiting him.
"My contact, most of my contact with Pitt is mainly through coach Randolph and my dad," Summer said. "My dad and coach Randolph have been talking for awhile. They came by my school the first week of spring and said they were going to evaluate me a lot more. They got my film on front of the head coach. That's pretty much where the contact has been."
Even though he picked up the verbal offer just last week, Summers has a pretty good overview on the Pitt program, as well as some of the objectives of this new coaching staff.
"I love their tradition and the fact they've won nine national titles," Summer said. "I know that they're in their first year at Pitt, and they're looking to maintain that tradition and win conference championships. I like the overall attitude of coach Randoph. He wants to win. The head coach, he wants to win. His coaching record shows that. He's brought in a great coaching staff."
One other thing Summers has noticed, is the number of offers extended to prospects in other states. Pitt has offers to prospects in 20 different states for the Class of 2012.
"That just shows diversity," Summers added. "They don't just stay up north. They go around looking for talent."
Pitt has recruited in Georgia historically, and is starting to get back there with the offer to Summers, and the signing of Savannah native Stephen Williams, who is coming in with the 2011 class.
"I don't know Stephen, but while I was at school in Savannah—I used to go to Benedictine—I heard about Stephen," Summers said. "I never got the chance to play against him, but I like the fact Pitt goes around, recruiting nationwide. If I make my decision to go to Pitt or wherever, I'll have to compete against those guys from around the nation."
So far, so good for Pitt. Up next for Summers, a trip to Pittsburgh later in June.
"I plan on coming up there before June 19," Summer said. "I wanted to go through the whole academic process and get a feel for the school itself, and get a look at the different facilities. I'm coming up there in June."