Corson will honor his pledge

Back in March, Johnstown's Scott Corson was the second player to give his verbal commitment to Pittsburgh. That pledge started a windfall for Coach Dave Wannstedt and the Panthers as they have secured non-binding verbal commitments from 17 prospects and recently landed at the No. 9 spot in the newly released team recruiting rankings.

The 6-4, 270 pound, two-way tackle gained exposure last season as he opened up holes for former Trojans star and current Panthers running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. The Panthers were the first to offer a scholarship to Corson. He took an unofficial visit to Michigan State and gave Wannstedt his verbal pledge soon after. He has since been offered by Illinois, but Corson has no intentions of wavering on his commitment to the Panthers despite their slow start.

"My feelings are still very strong for Pitt," Corson said. "The way they have played doesn't change my mind about my commitment."

Wannstedt recruited Corson as a defensive tackle, but he thinks he'll eventually end up on the offensive front. Ironically, that could reunite him with his former teammate Stephens-Howling.

"Oh yeah, we talk about that," he said. "It would be really nice to be blocking for him again. It's really crazy knowing I blocked for him in high school, then you see him on T.V. running back a kickoff against Ohio. Then against Nebraska he had a lot of yards rushing."

Corson is in his second season in the Johnstown program after transferring from Conemaugh Valley. He is fairly confident that if he had not made the move he may not have the opportunity to play major college football.

"No, I don't think I would have been noticed at Conemaugh Valley," he said.

Admittedly, the scholarship to Pittsburgh has been bittersweet for Corson. The Trojans lost a lot of talent from last year's squad, as they adjust to the losses of key players such as Stephens-Howling, Josh Miller, and Reggie Farrior they have endured some growing pains according to Corson.

"It's going pretty good, we only have eight seniors,' he said. "We have a lot of young guys getting used to playing varsity football."

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