Meet Mr. "Move the Chains"

The University of Pittsburgh would like to add at least two tight ends to their 2007 recruiting class. Penn Hills High School has one of the top tight ends in the WPIAL. He recently attended the Panthers' Blue-Gold game. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this talented prospect.

"I attended a few of Pitt's spring practices and the Blue-Gold game this weekend," stated athletic tight end prospect Derek Drummond (6-foot-4 inches, 210 pounds). "I loved the game. It was great seeing Darrell Strong get so many touches. I want to go to a school that likes to utilize the tight end. You could see they were throwing the ball to the tight ends quite a bit."

Drummond, known as "move the chains" Drummond, was a first-year starter at tight end last season. He strictly was considered an offensive player. Things will change for his senior season. It appears he will be a two-way starter at tight end and outside linebacker.

"I spoke with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt at both practices and the spring game. He was talking with me and Andrew Devlin. He asked him if he would like seeing me line up on one end and Nate Byham on the other end. It seems like they might be close to offering me a scholarship."

Drummond is capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He scored two touchdowns from his tight end position last season. Derek is capable of bench pressing 275 pounds and squatting 400 pounds.

"My top five schools are Pitt, Florida State, Syracuse, Iowa and Georgia. I'm wide open right now. I need to visit the schools on my list and get a better feel for all of them."

Drummond currently weighs 210 pounds. He has a lengthy frame capable of adding another 25 to 35 pounds. "I would like to add weight. I'm eating four times a day at this point. Eventually I would like to get as big as Darrell Strong. He's around 260 pounds," said Derek.

"I would love to play for Pitt. It would be great to play for my hometown team and have my family close. They could come see me play."

When asked about his strengths, Derek stated, "I'm very good at route running and I can catch the ball downfield. I like to think I stretch the field. You could call me a pass catching tight end, but I'm not shy when it comes to blocking."

"I would like to make a final decision before the start of the season. I'm hoping to have some offers in hand by that time."

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


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