Walt Harris Football Camp: Linebackers

One position that the Panthers appear to be extremely deep at in terms of quality and quantity is at linebacker. This could be a big reason for the small number of participants at summer camp who play the position. One LB that the Panthers seem to covet more than others is the athletically gifted head-knocker Rico McCoy. Pittsburgh is among his favorites and he will likely take an official visit to Pitt this fall. Locally the Panthers are hot and heavy after Ernest Williams, who lit up the camp.

Sophomore Clint Session appears to be solidly entrenched at the MLB spot, but could be pressed by red-shirt Freshman Chris McKillop. As for the two outside spots, four players appear to be the favorites: returning Big East Defensive Rookie Of The Year Brian Bennett and sophomore H.B. Blades will have to fend off Seniors J.J. Horne and Malcolm Postell.

A few wild cards in the equation could be the athletically gifted Red-Shirt Freshman Joe Clermond and the speedy Charles "The Jet" Sallett. Sallett saw some action at DE during the spring game and provided some match-up problems with his speed of the edge. He could become a nice situational pass rusher on passing downs. Another red-shirt freshman who could earn some time with a solid camp is Derron Thomas.

The Panthers have two incoming freshmen that have the makings of being outstanding football players. Scott McKillop and Vernon Smith may have more talent than any of the other linebackers on the roster. Smith needs to become qualified. He took the SAT on June 5th and, according to his mother, has not received his scores as of yet. Smith chose the Panthers over 40 other schools that offered him including perennial power Oklahoma. McKillop may not have received the same amount of publicity as Dan Conner and James Bryant, but he may end up being the best out of a very talented trio.

Linebackers

Josh Miller (6-0, 225, Greater Johnstown HS, PA): May be closer to 5-11, the kid can flat out play the game and seems to get better every time you watch him. With the limited number of scholarships, it will be tough to get an offer from the Panthers, but Miller will be a good one for somebody.

Donnell McKenzie (6-1, 220, Aliquippa HS, PA): Like most of the Quips, he was overshadowed last fall by superstar Darrelle Revis. Donnell was a defensive stalwart on the state champion Aliquippa team. He doesn't possess outstanding speed, but has terrific instincts that always have him in position to make plays.

Doug Fulmer (6-3, 200, Henninger HS, NY): A relative unknown to most unless you pay attention to NY high school action, then you know who Fulmer is. The problem for Doug is just figuring out what position that he is best suited to play. Fulmer is a big time athlete who can play a multitude of positions.

Ernest Williams (6-1, 250, Monessen HS, PA): He was the most impressive LB prospect at camp. "Mick", as he is known by to his peers, could end up as a DT in college, very athletically gifted kid at 250lbs.

Mike Dinard (6-2, 222) Padua Franciscan HS, OH): Nice looking player who has recently committed to Northwestern.

Andrew Quinn (6-2, 226, St. Xavier, OH): An under the radar type kid, did well during the testing phases at camp.


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