Pa. LB Not Feeling Rushed

Dave Wannstedt has emphasized the need for his alma mater to keep the top prospects in Pennsylvania - in Pennsylvania. Last year's in-state surge in the final weeks leading up to signing day has carried over to this year's class where the Panthers have offered a host of Pennsylvania products. Will Clairton (Pa.) bring forth the first Keystone state commitment of '06?

"No new offers right now," Nate Nix said. "Iowa and Pitt are still the only two. Nobody's really jumping on my list right now, either."

The Panthers, according to Nix, are definitely his leader at this point. However, unlike other top prospects Pitt is after hot and heavy this summer, the 6-foot-3, 210 pound linebacker has not indicated any plans in making an early decision.

"I'd say Pitt's ahead right now," Nix said, "but I'm not ready to make a decision just yet. I'm not too rushed right now."

And that's probably because of the long list of suitors waiting to pounce.

"Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue are some schools of interest right now."

Nix says Penn State, Pitt's passing camp and probably Alabama will be his likely destinations this summer, but the star athlete hasn't committed to anything.

Asked when he might have a decision, Nix answered, "I don't know ... it could be during (the season) or it could be after."

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