Devlin strongly considers Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has focused on a number of quality prospects from Western Pennsylvania. Jumbo-athlete Andrew Devlin (6-foot-6 inches, 255 pounds) from Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA happens to be one of them. What are his thoughts on the Panthers? Read on.

"Right now it's hard to tell you a top list of schools, I'm really open at this point," stated tight end / offensive tackle Andrew Devlin. "I really like the Panthers. I attended two of their practices on my own. My father and I went to one together and spoke with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Greg) Gattuso. I also attended their Blue-Gold game."

Devlin has been a two-year starter for Mt. Lebanon High School. He is a versatile and athletic player capable of playing tight end, defensive end and offensive tackle on the next level. Andrew was named first-team All-WPIAL as a junior. Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, Connecticut, Rutgers and Stanford have extended scholarship offers.

"I'm willing to play any position in college. I have no preference. It would be nice to start as a tight end or defensive end. If I have to instantly move to offensive tackle, I would have to gain a lot of weight in high school. If I grow into an offensive tackle, I have no problem gaining weight and transitioning into the position. I simply want to contribute and play."

When asked if the Panthers' coaching staff has specified a position for him, Andrew replied, "They are recruiting me as a tight end right now. I really like the coaching staff at Pitt. They are very honest and genuine people. At first they were recruiting me as an offensive tackle. They watched film on me and decided I was athletic enough to play tight end. Once they changed their minds, they were very open with me. They told I could make an impact at the tight end position."

"I know Pitt wants to run the ball and they need strong blockers. I truly believe that blocking is my main strength. We run a lot of sweeps and I can get out and seal the corner."

Devlin is an exceptionally intelligent and articulate young man. He would like to study medicine and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. His mother, a nurse practitioner, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. "My mother would love to see me play for the Panthers, she's a big fan," he said.

"I plan on spending the summer looking at a ton of school to assure I'm comfortable with my final decision. My father and I are going south to look at SEC and ACC schools. We're going to head north to look at Boston College and Connecticut. I'm not sure when I'm going to make a decision but I need a little more time. The Panthers are always going to be very high on my list."

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


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