Augustine loves visit to Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh has been actively pursing a number of quality defensive end prospects. Audie Augustine (6-ft-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL happens to be one of the best available. He spoke to the about his visit.

"The visit was amazing. I would give it a 9 out of 10," stated Audie Augustine. "My host for the weekend was Conredge Collings. He was a great host. We hung out with a lot of the players from Florida on team."

Northeast High School struggled to a 0-7 record last season. Augustine's team was unable to play three games due to hurricane damage. He was recently named first-team All-Broward Country (6A-4A) by the Miami Herald. Audie is scheduled to visit North Carolina State this weekend. He registered 74 tackles and 5 sacks from his defensive end position.

"I really liked the campus and the facilities. They were amazing. The cathedral of learning was unlike any building I have ever seen. I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and tem as well. I thought I would enjoy myself but the visit was better than expected."

Did the visit help the Panthers. "Absolutely it helped them. I learned much more about them and the city of Pittsburgh. It's an amazing sports town. You could feel the electricity in the air with the Panthers and Steelers," he replied. ranks Augustine the 43rd best defensive end in the nation. He is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash and squatting over 500 pounds. Audie has primarily been recruited by Panthers assistant coach Charlie Partridge.

The University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue two additional defensive end prospects: McKenzie Mathews (6-ft-3 inches, 240 pounds) from Syracuse, NY, Geno Atkins (6-ft-2 ½ inches, 270 pounds) from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Greg Romeus (6- ft- 5 inches, 210 pounds) from Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs, FL.

"I visited NC State next week and I should have a decision shortly after. I could see myself playing for the Panthers. It was a great trip."

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