Conwell Recaps Official Visit

Dakota Conwell helped lead Upper St. Clair all the way to the WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field this year, and an overall record of 11-2.

Dakota Conwell has been committed to Pitt since July. Since he is from Pittsburgh and has been to the school and its facilities a number of times, his official visit this past weekend was to just meet some of his future teammates and get a better idea of what spot he might play on defense.

"It was just fun, I got to eat with all the guys on the team, got a tour of campus," Conwell said. "Me and the recruits are starting to become real good friends."

Some of the local prospects in his class like Corey Jones and Rushel Shell he's been friends with for awhile. He and Jones were on the same 7-on-7 team, and he's played AAU basketball with Shell.

"I met a lot of them through games, unofficial visits, playing basketball with Rushel, I was on Corey Jones' 7-on-7 team, so I saw them a bunch of times," Conwell added. "I met a couple of the out-of-state guys like Darryl Render and Chad Voytik. They're all good football players."

Lafayette Pitts was Conwell's host, but he spent the bulk of his time chatting with defensive coordinator Keith Patterson.

"Coach Patterson, me and him are talking a lot about defense," Conwell said. "I'm trying to see what guys at my position do, how they play, so I know what's going on before I get there."

One thing Patterson likes to do is have guys play multiple positions—Todd Thomas a good example. Conwell said he wouldn't be surprised if he's a similar player—someone who can play any of the linebacker spots, or even safety similar to what Thomas did this past year.

"We've discussed the possibility of playing safety or outside linebacker, depending on what my skills are," Conwell said. "They definitely like to do a lot of things. It was good, though. They're just telling me they're excited for me to get there, and that I'm the type of guy they're looking for."

Conwell was invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl at the end of this month, but due to a leg injury during the postseason, he will not be playing in the game. His head coach Jim Render has recommended him for the Big 33 game in June, and he's hoping to be able to play in that one.

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