Hamilton (OH) lineman Adam Pankey can't go wrong with wherever his college choice is going to be. He's taken unofficial visits to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Illinois this summer—all good trips, according to him.
Pittsburgh came through with an offer as well. He says since the offer from the Panthers coaching staff, the contact has picked up considerably.
"I wasn't really talking to them much after the offer, but here recently, I've been in contact with them a lot," Pankey said. "I talk to coach Leftwich the most. I give him calls and stuff. I have also talked to coach Magee, the offensive coordinator. They're telling me how badly I need to come there. I could possibly come in and see some early time."
Hamilton is closer to the Cincinnati area, while Austintown-Fitch is up north in the Youngstown area. Fitch standouts Chris and Demitrious Davis are already close with Pankey even though their schools are on separate ends of the state. The twins are working hard on getting Pankey to join them, after their commitment to the Panthers this week.
"We've been in contact, and they've been telling me abot some of their guys who are committed and guys that are going to commit," Pankey said. "I'm trying to get down there this weekend to see their campus.
"Right now, it's pretty good (with Pitt). I really like talking to (Leftwich). I know Pittsburgh has been pretty good recently. They are on their way back to the top."
Leftwich—Pitt's offensive line coach—has been in contact with Pankey the most, as he said. We've learned that Leftwich likes two things in an offensive lineman—a big body, and a mean streak. Pankey talked a little bit in how he meets those characteristics.
"To me, I think that's a thing of beauty," Pankey said of Leftwich's philosophy. "The team I play for, all we do is run the ball, so we're very physical. Coach makes us be very physical. Things just match up very well (with Pitt). I like to hit, and I like to be very mean."
As a junior, Pankey was a first-team all-league and first-team all-Butler County selection. He's already been mentioned as an "Anthony Munoz Award" candidate for the 2011 season, which goes to the top lineman in his area.