Kicker to visit Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh has lost standout senior kicker Josh Cummings. University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff believe they may have his replacement in 5-ft-11 inch, 180 pound Daniel Hutchins from Loyalstock Township High School in Williamsport, PA. Hutchins will visit Pitt on January 20th.

"I have coached at Loyalstock High School for two years," stated Loyalstock High School Head Football Coach Dick Delaney. "He's a great athlete. Danny is a tough and strong player."

"He came to me and wanted to help the team beyond kicking. We put him at safety and he did a great job. He's was really a physical defender and a big hitter." It's a prerequisite that kickers have strong legs. Hutchins, despite weighing 180 pounds, has Herculean strength. "This may be hard to believe but Danny can squat 600 pounds. He has very, very powerful legs," said Delaney. "He attended summer camps at Pitt and Penn State and won both competitions. A little over 70% of his kickoffs were inside the 5 yard line."

Dan Hutchins had an excellent senior season. He was named first team Class A all-state by the Associated Press. Daniel has primarily been recruited by Panthers' recruiting coordinator Greg Gattuso. He has not been offered a scholarship by Pitt. Hutchins has been asked to walk-on to the football team.

"His longest field goal this year was 45 yards. It was amazing. You have to see the film. The kick would have gone through the uprights if it were another ten yards back. Danny averaged nearly 42 yards on punts."

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