Walt Harris Football Camp: Offensive Line

The one unit that has caused lots of concern for Panther fans has to be the offensive line. Only two solid starters return from last season. Everybody's pre-season All-America, OT Rob Petitti, returns for his senior season. The other returning starter is OG John Simonitis, a mauler who improved steadily last fall as each game played. Hopefully Matt Maiers, Rob Fredrick, or Justin Belarski can step up.

Some defensive players have been shifted to offense including Kevin Harris, Troy Banner, and Charles Spencer, to provide some depth. Pittsburgh may have to rely on a few youngsters to take a prominent role in the trenches. Chris Vangas, Neal Tracey, Mike Deluca, and Mike Deluca are all candidates for early playing time. David Weber appears the closest to be capable of playing early out of the incoming freshman class, which also includes Chase Clowser, and Jerald Robinson.

Offensive Line

Elliot Bates (6-4, 285, Chartiers-Houston, PA): It appears to be just a matter of time before Elliot chooses between Pittsburgh and Iowa. Elliot is still a little raw, but once he's in college and playing one-way he's only going to get better.

John Brown (6-5, 280, Burrell, PA): This kid bleeds blue and Vegas. John is one of those rare big kids, with great speed and mobility. He continuously gets bigger through an unmatched work ethic in the weight room.

Shane Steffy (6-3, 280, Riverview, PA): Another player with family ties to Pittsburgh. His brother Charles was a walk-on DL and his mother works at Pitt. Shane is a prototype mauling type of guard. Has one offer from Bowling Green.

Cyrus Kersey (6-4, 366, Buchtel, OH): A very nice kid. Needs some work on his physique, but has some quick feet despite being 366lbs. With some coaching and weight training Cyrus could be a diamond in the rough.

Zach Haulman (6-3, 270, Altoona, PA): We still think he's one of the best linemen in the state. This kid is dedicated to the sport and is always working at improving himself. If things don't go as expected he may get an offer. In a year with 25 scholarships, we'd love to see Pitt take a shot with this kid. Could be a potential greyshirt January signing.

John Bachman (6-4, 255, Moon High School, PA): See description on Haulman.

Billy Marks (6-4, 275, Parkland High School, PA): Under the radar type of kid. With a strong season, he may generate some interest.

David White (6-1, 280, Chardon, OH): The kid loves Pitt, and he has potential. Very strong and a nice punch, quick feet. He could be a good center prospect.

Randall Hunt (6-5, 278) Hightstown HS, NJ): Decent sized kid with good feet.

Lawrence Green (6-4, 300, McKeesport HS, PA): Very athletic big man, had a tough time at camp with an accumulation of fluid on a surgically repaired knee.

Jeff Stehle (6-6, 280, Paul V. Moore HS, NY): Didn't work out. He was in-town for a basketball camp and stopped by UPMC with Irvan Brown. Big kid that has game on the hardwood.

Adrian Battles (6-2, 265, Milwaukee-Vincent HS, WI): A little under sized, but extremely athletic.

Junior Mike Kush (6-4, 285, Greater Johnstown HS, PA): Is still the most impressive underclass lineman we've seen in PA beside Jason Kates of Bishop McDevitt.

Zach Marshall (6-7, 270, Mason, OH): The biggest of the lineman that we saw at Pitt. Big, wingspan with athleticism, and nice mobility.

John Buckner (6-6, 315, Beechcroft, OH): It's hard to say someone who is 6-6, 315 looks undersized, but he did. We think he needs to work on his upper body development. Once he gets the strength, the rest will fall into place.

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