Panthers first to offer local LB

The Panthers have a lot of young linebacker talent on the their defense, and if they have their way, it could get a lot better. With talent already on the roster, the Panthers can afford to be picky, like offering Rico McCoy out of Washington, DC, who just happens to be one of the better linebackers in the country. And now the Panthers have dipped into their own backyard for a linebacker of similar talent.

Ernest Williams from Monessen Senior High School, a 6'2" 248 fast, hardnosed, tackling machine with 4.6 speed, was offered a scholarship by the Panthers at the school's Junior Blue Chip Day on Saturday.

"I was happy," says Williams. "In fact, I was very happy."

Williams says that both Head Coach Walt Harris and assistant Bob Junko met with him in Harris' office and told him and asked him how he would like to be a Pittsburgh Panther. When Williams gave the answer they hoped for, Harris and Junko gave him a written offer, and told him to go discuss it with his family. The process also involved the Panther tradition of having a Pitt jersey with Williams' name and number on it.

It was the first offer for Williams but it won't be the last. Along with local programs Penn State and West Virginia, Williams is starting to hear a lot more from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Miami.

"It's very exciting to have schools like this writing me," chuckles the very likeable Williams. "I just want to have options so that it's my choice as to where I go to school."

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