Pitt signee Shane Roy cannot wait to get to Pitt.
So much, in fact, the Reading (OH) defensive end made the trip for a spring practice. It may have been a formality, but Roy couldn't wait to come in for a spring practice.
"Definitely, I've been itching to play," Roy said. I thought it was pretty cool. You watch how the coaches coach these guys up, and you try to take away everything. I cannot wait. I'm so pumped to get up there and work with these guys.
Defensive ends coach John Palermo was a big reason for Roy coming to Pitt. Not only did he get a glimpse of some of the drills he'll be going through in a few months. Afterwards, he had a chance to meet with Palermo and some of the other coaches.
"It wasn't a full meeting, but I met with Coach J.P. (John Palermo)," Roy said. "I got to meet with Coach (Joe) Rudolph. Coach (Paul) came by and talked with me and Phillipie (Motley)."
Roy will get here in late June with the rest of the signees, to begin summer conditioning. Further proof of Roy's excitement to officially join the team this summer, the fact that he's already in his conditioning routine just to be ready to go.
"I have a four-day-a-week workout right now," Roy said. "I've been doing speed training, just to get in better shape."
Overall, with the practice. Roy likes the direction things are heading in.
"You can really see them coming together as a team," Roy said. "You can see them rallying around each other."
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.