Paskorz enjoys Pitt's spring game

The University of Pittsburgh hosted a number of blue-chip recruits over the weekend during their Blue-Gold scrimmage. One of the top players in attendance was Steve Paskorz (6-foot-2 inches, 220 pounds) from Hampton High School in Allison Park, PA. The spoke with him about the experience.

"I didn't have the opportunity to go to any of Pitt's spring practices. I recently had surgery on my ankle and it made it tough to get around," stated Steve Paskorz. "The trip to the Panthers spring game was my first visit there in a while."

"I'm going to rehabilitate my ankle at the UPMC practice facilities. Once I'm done with rehabilitation, I plan on stopping over at a few of their practices over the summer."

As a junior, Paskorz rushed for 1,291 yards on 160 carries and scored 14 touchdowns, despite missing time due to an ankle injury. He has rushed for 3,478 yards in two seasons.

"My surgery went well. It really wasn't that bad. I had about three days of pain and that was it. I still won't be able to participate in any summer camps. I'm going to attend a few individual camps, like Pitt's camp, but I won't be able to give them a full workout."

"I got to Pitt's spring game early and spoke with Coach (Greg) Gattuso), Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Dave) Walker. It was great talking with them and talking with some of the recruits coming in. I spent time talking with Joe Thomas. He was a great guy. John Pelusi and I spoke as well. He had great things to say about Pitt and told me to call him if I ever had any questions."

"Pitt's coaches told me they really like me at running back. They like my versatility and think I can play a hybrid running back-fullback combination. I was told that I could move to linebacker if that didn't work out or I wanted a change. I'm a powerful north-south runner with speed. I believe I could help the Panthers."

Paskorz was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" team. Named first team Class AAA Associated Press All-State.

"I have eight scholarship offers right now: Pitt, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Mississippi, Temple, Indianapolis and Vanderbilt. I'm wide open right now. My favorite school seems to change very day. I'm very high on Pitt, they are in my top three."

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