Duke transfer to visit Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh recently amassed one of the top ten recruiting classes in the nation. Most fans assumed Head Coach Dave Wannstedt would take a small break from adding talent to Pitt's roster. They thought wrong. The Panthers will soon host a very talented quarterback prospect.

"I will be visiting Pitt on February 18th. I look forward to it," stated quarterback Gene Delle Donne (6-ft-6 inches, 245 pounds) from Salesianum High School in Wilmington, DE.

Gene Delle Donne was named the 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Delaware in 2005. Scout.com ranked him the 31st best quarterback in the nation and a "three-star" prospect.

Gene committed to Duke a year ago and spent his year sitting out as a redshirt. He opted to transfer after a change in their offensive scheme. "Duke opted to go to a spread option style offense that relies on a running type of quarterback," he said. "I'm more of a strong armed drop back passer. I want to go to a school that has a system place that compliments my strengths."

Delle Donne stated that he has roughly ten schools he's interested in. Pitt, Connecticut, Syracuse and Middle Tennessee State are amongst his favorites.

"I like Pitt for several reasons. Coach (Matt) Cavanaugh runs a pro-style system that fits my style. They have a great staff and I think they can make me a better players. I also notice their strong recruiting class. The one thing that stood out to me was the offensive linemen that they signed."

When asked to best describe his strengths, he stated, "I like to thing I'm a combination of a drop back passer and a scrambling quarterback. If I had to compare myself to someone in the NFL, I would say I'm a bit like Ben Rothlesberger."

"I look forward to visiting Pitt and seeing what the school has to offer. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt seems like a great coach. Pitt looks like they are going to be really good in the future."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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