Pitt first to offer Florida athlete

The state of Florida is widely known as a hotbed of football talent. University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff have put a heavy recruiting focus on the state. It appears the Panthers are the first school to offer a talented Florida athlete.

"Pittsburgh is the first school to offer me a scholarship. I can play quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back on the next level," stated ultra athletic A.J. Guyton (6-foot, 185 pounds) from Homestead Senior High School in Homestead, FL. "I like Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Georgia, Miami (FL) and LSU."

Panthers' wide receivers coach Aubrey Hills is primarily recruiting Guyton. He has a phenomenal season as a junior. In six games, he passed for 849 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. A.J. rushed for over 200 yards and averaged over 8 yards per carry.

"Most schools are looking at me as a wide receiver or defensive back. I can play a bunch of positions. It doesn't matter to me where I play. I want to get onto the field and contribute as soon as possible."

Guyton is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash and bench pressing 240 pounds. He recently took his SATs but he has yet to receive his score. A.J. will be attending the Scout.com All-American combine in Boca Raton on May 13th. He plans on attending the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Miami, FL.

"Pittsburgh's early offer means a lot to me. It opened my eyes to the school and shows me that they want me. I think they prefer me to play defense. My guess is that I would play cornerback for them."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm very smart on the football field. I watch film and tend to know what the other team is going to do before they do it. People have told me I have a good way of sparking a team as well. I like to motivate my teammates."

Pitt is currently evaluating two more of Guyton's teammates: Alphonso Bryant and Joe Nicholas. He would like to major in business in college. A.J. stated, "I would like to see what Pittsburgh's business program is like. When I get older, I would like to be my own boss and run my own business."

"It's early but Pittsburgh is going to be special to me. They were the first to recognize my talent and offer. I hope to get up there to visit in the future."

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

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