Strong Vincent athlete high on Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh coaching staff has offered a number of early scholarships to blue-chip caliber players from around the nation. One of the most versatile players already offered happens to play for Strong Vincent High School in Erie, PA. Where do the Panthers stand with this prospect? Read on.

"I have three offers right now, possibly a fourth coming this weekend," stated athlete Maurice Williams (6-foot-3 inches, 190 pounds) from Strong Vincent High School in Erie, PA. "Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia have offered me. I go to Penn State's junior day this weekend. They might offer."

Williams is capable of playing a number of positions on the next level. Syracuse and West Virginia are primarily recruiting him as a quarterback. Pitt believes that wide receiver is his best position. Penn State has told Maurice that he would excel in their secondary.

"I prefer wide receiver. That's seems to be the position I would be best at. I'm going to feel out my options but I still think I would be best at receiver."

Vincent completed 44 of 92 passes for 1,193 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 442 yards and 9 touchdowns on 83 carries. Maurice earned first-team All-Region on offense and defense.

Maurice recently attended junior day at the University of Pittsburgh. He was surprised to walk away with an offer. "I really enjoyed my visit there. They have great facilities and a great campus. I didn't think they were going to offer," he said. "I like Pitt a lot. They are very high on my list. I'm going to hold off on a final decision for now, but I can see myself playing there."

When asked about his strengths as a wide receiver, he stated, "I have size, quickness, and toughness. I can separate myself from defensive backs and make the tough catch over the middle."

"I'm going to take a close look at all of the schools that offer me. It's going to come down to distance, academics and the coaching staff. I want to play somewhat close to home and I want to be comfortable with the coaching staff and players."

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