Panthers Add Florida Sleeper

It didn't take Dave Wannstedt long to recover from the loss of a recruit this week. Today, the Panthers added a sleeper defensive end from Florida with a lot of upside.

After "The Closer" (Charlie Partridge) visited Coral Glades High this morning the choice was easy for Greg Romeus, a 6-foot-5, 210 pound, defensive end from Coral Springs, Florida. According to his father, the first year player decided to commit to Pittsburgh.

"My son committed to Pittsburgh," Sadrac Romeus said. "He felt like it was the place for him. We spoke this morning and we agreed pitt was the best place for him."

Coincidentally, Pitt defensive ends coach Charlie Partridge was visiting Coral Glades this morning at the time of the commitment.

Romeus was very excited after his official visit to pittsburgh last weekend.

"I could go into details, but I simply loved everything about the visit," stated Greg Romeus. "I loved everything athletically and academically. It was a great visit and you could tell the coaching staff put a lot of work into it."

Greg was a virtual unknown prior to the season. A neophyte to the game, he was considered a basketball prospect due to his height and athleticism. Coral Glades High School Head Football Coach Rex Nottage coaxed Romeus into playing football and he improved exponentially throughout the season. He registered 40 tackles, nearly 20 sacks and was named the most valuable player by his teammates.

Coral Glades head coach Rex Nottage compares Romeus to a former Woodland Hills standout.

"Greg looks and plays like the Miami Dolphins' Jason Taylor," stated Head Coach Rex Nottage. "I'm not saying he's as good as Taylor, but he can get there. There is no better sleeper in the state of Florida. He's tall, athletic and has all of the potential in the world. He's only been playing for a year and he's the best football player that I have coached."

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Harry Psaros contributed to this report.

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