Panthers land 1st recruit for the 2003 class!!!

Chris McKillop of Kiski Area High School is the Panthers first verbal for the 2003 recruiting class. Chris is 6-4 235 and runs a 4.6 40!

Panthers land 1st recruit for the 2003 recruiting class

He is an extremely versatile performer who can play fullback, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. Most likely he will play defensive end at Pitt, but with the serious depth issue's Pitt has at linebacker, it's easy to see him getting immediate playing time at linebacker early in his college career. Super scout Joe Butler, who runs the Metro scouting index camp, says Chris is among the top 5 prospects in western, pa. Joe mentioned that Chris stood out at his camp because of his strength, speed, footwork, instincts and overall athletic ability. Chris had 76 tackles, caused 4 fumbles and had 6 sacks as a junior. He was also used as a power back in short yardage situations and he was lined up 6 or 7 yards off the ball and would just power through the line. Chris ended up with 322 yards on 48 carries. His coach Dave Grimm said he is very physical, a big time hitter and that you just cannot teach that. He also went on to say that Chris has a good head on his shoulders and he is a kid that you don't need to worry about. Chris has added 50 pounds since his freshmen year and may not be done growing yet as his dad is 6-6 260 pounds. He also ran track and had a fastest time of 11.4 in the 100 meters.  Chris was receiving heavy interest from Boston College and Syracuse before making an early verbal to the panthers. Chris said that Pitt was always his #1 choice, and that he loved them all along and grew up watching them. Chris is a great pickup for the panthers and has a chance to play very early in his career.

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