Panthers Must Impress This Weekend

Its not often that unofficial visits are considered as vital to a program. This weekend the University of Pittsburgh will be receiving an unofficial from a very highly regarded prospect; this is in all reality the Panthers last chance to impress the Western Pennsylvania standout.

Gateway (PA) high school cornerback Justin King (6-0, 180, 4.4) has had a very busy and hectic last two weeks. Justin has been receiving calls from a bevy of college coaches and recruiters. His Gators almost upset nationally ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic in week one. Then in week two the Gators destroyed Woodland Hills.

"Its been hectic as soon as they could call I had like 5-7 schools call me. By the end of the first week that they could call I would say I had calls from at least 25 schools. USC was at my game Saturday," said King

The USC representative was defensive backs coach Greg Burns. King and his teammates took part in the 1st Annual Kick-Off Classic Saturday at Gateway high school; the Gators played Woodland Hills in the third and final contest of the day. King ran for 176 yards and scored 3 touchdowns as Gateway crushed the Wolverines 47-6. Through two games King has rushed for 332 yards and 5 touchdowns, in the two games King has played roughly 4 quarters of football.

According to Kings step dad and coach Terry Smith, Justin has set 3 of his official visits Florida (10/2), USC (10/16), and Penn State (11/6).

Those 3 are for sure; he will visit Michigan we just haven't set a date yet. If he takes five Ohio State would get the last one," said Smith

This Saturday Smith and King are planning on taking an unofficial trip to Pittsburgh as the Panthers open the season against Ohio University at Heinz Field. For the Panthers sake lets hope they impress King as this appears it may be their last chance to make an impression on the local star.

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