Keystone Oaks players attend Pitt Pro-Day

The University of Pittsburgh held its Pro Timing Day on Saturday. Pitt hosted 30 blue-chip recruits during the event. A handful of those players happened to be standout local football players from Keystone Oaks High School.

"I went to the Pitt's Pro-Day on Saturday. It was a good time," stated rugged defensive end prospect Myles Caragein (6-foot-3 inches, 265 pounds). "I went down there with Lumpy (Chris Jacobson) and Gino Gradkowski."

"We hot the opportunity to watch some of Pitt's top juniors, like Tyler Palko and H.B. Blades, run drills. After that they had their seniors come out and workout. There were plenty of NFL scouts there."

Northwestern, North Carolina State, Pitt and Indiana have offered Caragein a scholarship. He is capable of running a 4.8 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 340 pounds and squatting 505 pounds. Myles was named first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference on offense as a junior.

"We were able to talk to the Pitt coaches a little after the event. They told me they need defensive linemen like me. I'm looking at them plus Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame. Pitt is really high on my list. Lumpy is talking to me all the time about going there. I can't say I'm close to a decision right now."

Myles recently finished 4th in the heavyweight division at the Class AAA-AAAA state wrestling championship at Hershey last weekend. As a junior, he registered a 32-1 record. Caragein registered 68 tackles, 8 sacks and 10 hurries from his defensive end position last season.

"It was interesting to see how the process worked with the NFL scouts. I was glad I was able to attend."

"I had a good time on Saturday," stated offensive lineman Chris Jacobson (6-foot-3 inches, 295 pounds). "Pitt had a lot of recruits there. I would say between 30 to 40 recruits in attendance."

Jacobson was the first player to commit to the Pitt's football recruiting class of 2007. Shortly after his commitment to Pitt, he decided to switch roles from recruit to recruiter. "I'm working on getting Myles and Gino to Pitt. It would be great to play with them in college and have them on the same team."

Jacobson was named team captain as a junior and earned First Team All-Conference honors on offense and defense. He was also selected as the team MVP. Chris had 122 pancake blocks and allowed no sacks on offense. Defensively, he tallied 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and he forced 3 fumbles. Jacobson chose the Panthers over West Virginia. He recently attended the All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA.

"I'm really happy with my decision to go to Pitt. You can see things coming together there and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is a big part of it. He cares about the players and the event on Saturday was another sign of it. It's only a matter of time before things change around."

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