Massive OL high on Panthers

The University of Pittsburgh has put a high priority on the offensive line for the Class of 2007. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is looking for players with size and power that will improve the Panthers running attack. Pitt has landed high on the list of a massive prospect from New York.

There is no question that the offensive line is a huge target for Pitt when it comes to the class of 2007. The Panthers are looking to add some size and power to its offensive line, and it's no secret they are recruiting many of the top offensive linemen from the commonwealth. But the Panther coaching staff is not just limiting its search to their home state. Kenny Plue, massive offensive linemen from Rensselaer, NY recently revealed his current top teams.

"I like Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt and Notre Dame," said Plue. "They have shown the most interest."

Plue is only heading into his senior year of high school, but his measurables are more like those of an NFL lineman. He is already 6 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds. He runs the forty yard dash in 5.3 seconds, has a max bench press of 350 pounds and squats 405 pounds.

When asked about the Panthers, Plue had some very positive things to say about the University of Pittsburgh and its football program.

"Pitt is great, definitely great," Plue said. "I like the tradition of the program, and I hear they are going to be contenders for their league title this year."

Plue, who was second team all state as a sophomore and first team as a junior, is currently being recruited by Pitt's running back coach and former Syracuse alumnus and coach, David Walker. Walker covers the state of New York for the Panthers.

When asked what he liked about the University of Pittsburgh besides football, Plue offered this:

"It's a big city, with a lot of stuff to do."

Dave Wannstedt has been quoted numerous times stating that the best players will start regardless of class or seniority. Considering the thin depth on Pitt's offensive line recently, Plue was asked if playing time is a major consideration for him. He indicated that it definitely was.

"I don't want to go to a school where I wouldn't start by at least my sophomore or junior year, especially if I end up red-shirting."

As far as Plue knows, none of his teammates are currently being recruited by Pitt at this time. Although he currently doesn't have any offers from his top four schools, he will be spending some serious time on the road in the near future. He is planning to attend the camps of all his favorites, as well as Connecticut and Temple.

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