Panthers Have Some Making Up To Do

In a recent article in one of the local papers, it was pointed out that the University of Pittsburgh needs to mend the fences and recruit better at home. That was something that most fans have known for sometime. During a recent interview I had with one of the WPIAL's best players it is apparent that the players share that same opinion.

Penn Hills (PA) high school running back Ed Collington (6-0, 205, 4.5) is the hottest prospect in the state right now. The senior has rushed for 1,049 in 5 games in the tough WPIAL AAAA league.

Collington has surpassed his 2003 totals already, last year he ran for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those stats are slightly skewed as he missed 3 games due to a dislocated shoulder. Is the bruising tailback surprised by his fast start?

"I'm not surprised I should have done it last year," said Collington

Collington has been receiving calls from West Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburgh called today, but I wasn't home to take it."

When asked if the Panthers were to offer, how would he react?

"They have a long way to go. They showed very little interest in me, now all of sudden they start calling."

Loyalty is something coaches expect from there players, it's also something recruits like to see from recruiters. According to Collington Pittsburgh has shown very little of that.

"They knew I was interested, I was up there several times. My team goes up their for the team 7 on 7. Now since I'm doing well they start showing some interest."

Have the Panthers burnt the bridge enough that the Penn Hills star has put them out of the running?

"No, but like I said they have a lot of ground to make up for with me. I have always been interested in Pittsburgh if I wasn't I would have never gone there."

"I still have the one offer from Akron, but from what I am hearing that will change soon."

Collington took an unofficial trip to the Ohio State-Marshall game recently with a few of the top junior in Western Pennsylvania.

"Me, Wes Lyons, and Darrin Walls went up it was a good time. The Buckeyes are my favorite right now."

Collington is in the process of lining up unofficial visits to Akron and Miami (OH) in the near future.

Collington has a 2.5 GPA and will take the SAT in November.

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