Panthers offer Washington D.C. standout

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers' defense. He has stated repeatedly that he would like to improve the speed of the defense. Pitt recently offered a defensive end that personifies the type of player he's looking for.

"I called Pitt's wide receivers Coach Aubrey Hill a few days ago and officially offered me a scholarship," stated standout defensive end prospect Tony Tucker (6-foot-2 inches, 230 pounds) from St. Johns College High School in Washington, D.C.

Tucker is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 320 pounds and squatting 450 pounds. He is capable of playing defensive end and outside linebacker on the next level. Pitt, Boston College, Akron and Ohio University have extended Tony a scholarship offer.

Tucker attended the All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the most dominant player during the one-on-one drills that matched the offensive linemen against defensive linemen.

"I'm very excited about the offer from Pittsburgh. The facilities were incredible and it's only two hours from home. Coach Hill is going to come visit me in the future. I want to learn a lot more about the Panthers. Playing time, academics and distance are important to me when selecting a school."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm a very instinctive player and I'm usually in on every defensive play. My overall speed is a huge asset as well. Most players are slower than me and I can blow by them on the line."

"I was excited to get the offer from the Panthers. I might not be able to make it to their summer football camp, but I want to visit and see what they have to offer."

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