Roy Recaps Official Visit

Shane Roy finished his senior season with 100 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He was an all-league, all-city, all-district and honorable mention all-state performer.

Reading (OH) defensive end Shane Roy committed to Pittsburgh over the summer. His offer came on the heels of his performance at a Pitt prospect camp in. June.

Within that offer, an up close and personal first impression of defensive ends coach John Palermo.

"The first time I met him, he yelled at me for doing the wrong thing," Roy said. "I like that. I respect it."

Therefore, one of the biggest things for Roy on his official visit this past weekend, was getting a chance to spend some more time with Palermo. In some cases, even getting a chance to talk X's and O's.

"It was great getting to know the coaches," Roy added. "I hung out with Coach Palermo, talking X's and O's. He told me exactly what they want to do with me; me and Hez (Trahan).

"I love that he told me that failure is not acceptable. He's all about work, and I respect that. He always tells you where he's at."

Aside from that, Roy said he liked hanging out with some other members of his 2014 recruiting class, even meeting a couple of current Panthers that he easily recognized.

"I do admit, when I met Tyler Boyd, I did get a little star struck," Roy said. "The best part was hanging out with my class. It was good, we connected and I think we're all close friends.

"We were all assigned one host, but it felt like the whole team was our host. Carson Baker was my host, but the whole night, we were hanging out wit the whole team; (James) Conner, Tyler Boyd."

It is unique that even on this official visit, which included players from Philadelphia, Ohio and some local Pittsburgh area prospects, they all seem to be pretty close already. Roy offered his own theory on that.

"I think Coach Chryst wants a certain kind of kid," Roy said. "I'm hanging out with all these guys, and it's like I've known them for 14 years. I think it's a mixture of a lot of things. He wants guys that will work hard, guys that won't get in trouble when they get here, and guys that will all get along, which we do."

Roy finished his senior year with 100 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He was an all-league, all-city, all-district and honorable mention all-state performer.


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