A number of standouts from Cleveland (OH) powerhouse Glenville were in attendance at Pitt's prospect camp this past Saturday. One of them was 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle Alex Pace, a player who was unblockable in several one-on-ones against the offensive line.
After the camp, Pace got a good vibe from the Pitt coaching staff, and could be closing in on an offer. Since the camp, Pace has already picked up three more offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan had coaches in attendance at the Pitt camp.
"They're going to tell me soon, but they really liked me," Pace said. "It was great out there, getting to see how they do things and how they explain the drill; how you're flexible enough to be a pass rusher."
Pace has been recruited by Pitt defensive assistant Randall McCray, but had the opportunity to work with defensive line coach Paul Randolph on Saturday. Pace adds that Randolph is a big draw for Pitt. He also had a chance to meet with head coach Todd Graham.
"They've been recruiting me after they saw my highlight tape," Pace said. "Coach (Todd) Graham came over to see me in person. We took a break, and they called me in to his office to talk to me for awhile. They wanted to get me and (Glenville DT) Willie Henry. They both really liked us."
His favorite part of Saturday was going through the one-on-ones with the offensive line. There's not much more to the drill, but Pace says by going through individual matchups, you have to adjust to every offensive lineman you go against.
"I liked the one-on-ones, but when you go up there, every offensive lineman is different," Pace said. "There's always something different you have to go against. One guy, you might have to use a bull rush. Another, you might have to use a jab."
Aside from the camp, Pace and his teammates got to see the campus and the city itself. He hopes to keep tabs with the coaching staff, and take another visit at some point.
"I came the day before, I got to see the city," Pace added. "It's really nice out here."