The Big Fat Greek Lineman

The University of Pittsburgh has put a high priority on acquiring talented offensive linemen. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding both sides of the trenches. It appears that Pitt is keeping a close eye on a lineman that has consumed a lot of baklava in his time.

Greeks have historically been recognized as some of the top athletes in the world. It appears that the Panthers Offensive Line Coach Paul Dunn is keeping a close eye on a massive Greek lineman from Upper Darby, PA.

"Right now, I'm hearing from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan and Villanova," stated rugged offensive lineman Pete Pappas (6-foot-4 inches, 300 pounds) from Upper Darby High School. "I don't have any offers yet but I believe that there are a number of schools that are very close."

The Panthers are recruiting Pappas' teammate Dave Wilson (6-foot-5 inches, 235 pounds). Wilson, a tight end/defensive end prospect, has narrowed his list to Pitt, Maryland, North Carolina State, Penn State, Rutgers and Boston College.

"I was able to attend one of their spring practices and spend some time with Coach (Paul) Dunn. He told me to keep up my hard work and he would be keeping a really close eye on me. Coach Dunn spent time explaining to me the purpose for a lot of the drills they were doing.

Pappas has been a three-year starter at right tackle. He is capable of playing guard and tackle on the next level. Pete has been given the nickname "My big fat Greek lineman" by his coaches and teammates. He is capable of bench pressing 300 pounds and squatting 430 pounds.

"I thought the practice was done well. There was little wasted time, the team played very physical and it was an overall good atmosphere. I thought the facilities were great. You can't go wrong having next to the Steelers. I think Pitt would be a fun place to play football."

"Pitt wants to run the ball. I'm a big, strong lineman that moves very well. Run blocking is my strength. Most schools are recruiting me as a tackle. A few like me at guard. Pitt hasn't specified where they want me."

When asked what he eats to maintain his ample 300 lbs, Pete stated "I eat a lot of lamb and potatoes. Greeks love lamb."

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