City League Lineman visits Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh has recruited a number of strong prospects from the Pittsburgh City League. Pitt's starting defensive tackle, Corey Davis, is the latest example of a City League prospect emerging as a strong performer on and off the field. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff pinpointed another quality lineman from the same league. Read on for details.

"I attended a few of the Panthers spring practices. The practices were tough, physical and well put together," stated two-way tough guy Cameron Holland (6-foot-3 inches, 275 pounds) from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA.

"It was great to see how the staff interacted with the players. I spent extra time watching the offensive and defensive linemen. I wanted to see where I could fit in if I joined the team."

Holland currently favors Pittsburgh, Virginia, Purdue, Akron, Iowa and Illinois. He attended the Scout.com All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA several months ago and performed admirably. At nearly 290 pounds he is extremely athletic and explosive off the line.

Pitt has already extended a scholarship offer to his teammate Jared Williams (5-foot-10 inches, 190 pounds). Williams is generally considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the WPIAL. "Jared and I would really like to play together in college. I like Pitt quite a bit. It would great to have both of us room together there."

Cameron is capable of playing on either side of the ball. When asked if he preferred offense or defense, he stated, "I don't have a preference right now. I want to get on the field and play. If a team needs help on the offensive line, I'll play there. If they need me at defensive tackle, I'm willing to play there as well. It seems like most schools are willing to bring me in and move me around."

"I had the opportunity to speak with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Greg) Gattuso and Coach (Bob) Junko. I was surprised to hear that Coach Junko told me they see me as an offensive lineman. They think I can play center or guard."

Holland is capable of bench pressing 360 pounds and squatting 490 pounds. He opened some eyes when he ran a 5.03 forty-yard dash the Scout.com All-American combine in Pittsburgh. Cameron has been a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines. He will be attending Pitt's summer football camp.

"I think my combination of size and speed is one of my main strengths. I get off the line quick and use my strong to overpower people. The fact that I'm athletic helps me on either side of the ball."

Holland will be attending the Panthers summer football camp. He would like to earn a scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh.

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


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