Pittsburgh Camp Notes

The Panther report will be covering as much of the summer camps as we possibly can. Our first report is from the specialist camp, which consisted of approximately 40 kickers and punters, along with 5-6 position players, who were on hand to workout for the Panthers. The coaching staff told the athletes that they would not be offering a scholarship to any K/P this year, unless something drastic would happen.

TE Jose Cruz (6-5,230, 4.8) of Bishop McCort High School was invited to UPMC for a workout. Jose was hopeful that by attending they would offer a scholarship. While coach Bleil expressed a great interest in Jose, he was not offered on Wednesday.

"I think they'll offer. I feel like they were impressed," said Cruz.

DB/LB Dion Germany (6-0, 196, 4.5) of Pittsburgh Central Catholic had academic troubles last season and missed a few games. But Pittsburgh knows he's an athlete. He was invited to workout in front of the coaching staff.

Amongst the kickers/punters, two really managed to stand out. P Anthony Piccirilli (6-0, 228) of Hopewell High School was the Top Dog. Anthony looked like a college kid kicking with high school kids. Very solid leg, can kick and punt.

"The coaches told me that they aren't offering a kicker or punter, but they'd like for me to walk-on and I'd get a scholarship my sophomore year," said Piccirilli.

Anthony attended the MSL/Insiders Combine at Cincinnati last month and was the best punter there. He is strongly considering the Panthers, but will camp at West Virginia, Northwestern, Michigan, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Georgia. He has already camped at Penn State and Notre Dame.

K/P Jeremy Boone of Mechanicsburg High School didn't have the powerful leg like Piccirilli, but showed a lot of accuracy. May be a possible D-1AA or D-II type of kicker.

The consensus was that Pittsburgh has between 14-18 scholarships available this season. The Panther Report will cover the Friday and Saturday sessions and we'll have reports from both.

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