Ohio standout talks about favorites

Many have dubbed the University Of Pittsburgh as Wide Reciever "U". The stigma is not such a bad thing especially if the name helps lure 4-star prospects to your university. Having a position coach with an extensive NFL resume helps, as does having two Biletnikoff Award Winners in the past four years. The Panthers' latest shot in arm has come from EA Sports NCAA College Football 2005, which features Heisman runner-up Larry Fitzgerald, quite a nice recruiting tool.

For many of the above-mentioned reasons 4-star wide receiver Greg Orton (6-4, 190, 4.47, Wayne High School in Huber Heights, OH) is strongly considering Pittsburgh. Orton has received 18 scholarship offers thus far from Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Boston College, Duke, Utah, Miami Of Ohio, Bowling Green, Akron, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, and Indiana. The most recent offers have come from Wisconsin, Utah, and Maryland.

Greg has camped at Pittsburgh; he went to the camp with Head Coach Jay Minton. Minton has a wealth of experience dealing with recruiting as he has sent several players to the D-1A level. Greg has taken unofficial trips to Pittsburgh, Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, and Cincinnati.

Orton likes seven schools with two on the outside looking in right now. Pittsburgh, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin are the lucky seven. Tennessee and Notre Dame have peaked his interest but not as much as the others so far. Greg talked to the Panther Report and he discussed what exactly it is about these seven schools that he likes.

Pittsburgh- "The best facilities I've seen anywhere, I really like Coach Harris and Bryan Deal. I can go there and play early. I really liked the city atmosphere. It is Wide Receiver "U" - two Biletnikoff winners in four years, and both went to the league."

Purdue- "Very good academics, they play a spread offense, and I can play early."

Iowa- "They were my first offer, I like Coach Ferentz. He's real up front, I want to go check them out."

Michigan State- "I like the offense. I like Coach Mac who's recruiting me, and they have a great campus."

Virginia- "I like the atmosphere there, Coach Groh is very straight forward, I liked the stadium and the school."

Wisconsin- "I like the coach who is recruiting me Coach Lee, I don't know a lot about the school it's one I want to check out closer."

North Carolina- "When I was little I always wanted to play hoops there and wear that Carolina Blue. I have a lot of family down there."

Last fall Orton earned 1st team All-Area honors and was named recently to the Pre-season Tremendous 26 team. He caught 59 passes for 782 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Orton also excels at basketball and track. On the basketball squad at Wayne Orton played the 1,2, and 3 spots averaging 13 PPG, and 6 RPG.

This spring Greg ran the 200, 400, 4x200, 4x400. The 4x200 and the 4x400 meter relay teams both placed 7th at the state track and field championships. Greg qualified in the open 400 but couldn't run due to a pulled quadriceps muscle. His best time in the 200 meters was (21.8), his best time in the 400 meters was (48.6)

There is one game that Greg and his Wayne teammates can't wait for is and it's the annual rivalry game with Centerville.

"I caught the game winning touchdown with a minute to go against them last year. The rivalry is huge, probably one of the biggest in the state."

No matter who lands Greg Orton what kind of player will they get?

"I'm very aggressive, I cause a lot of double coverage. I'm considered a deep threat, but if you play off me I'll catch hitches and go 60-70 yards on you."

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