"Keece" takes a hard look at Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has been searching for tough, physical linemen capable of improving the Panthers less than stellar running game. It appears that Pitt has offered a scholarship to a lineman that fits the criteria. Read on for details.

"I have two schools that have offered me a scholarship: Maryland and Pittsburgh," stated massive offensive line prospect Markeece Preston (6-foot-2 inches, 320 pounds) from Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, NJ. "Virginia, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan State are recruiting me hard as well."

Preston has been consistently working out at the Parisi Speed and Strength School in Fairlawn, NJ. He is capable of bench pressing 380 pounds and squatting 555 pounds. "Keece" registered 42 pancake blocks as a junior.

"I can play center or guard in college. I move well so I can play either position. I guess I prefer guard over center but I would like to play. If my team needed me at center, I would make the move."

When asked to comment on the University of Pittsburgh, he stated, "I know it's a pretty good school with a solid football program. Their early offer tells me that they really want me. I know a lot more about Maryland. I want to visit Pittsburgh and learn more about the school, the football program and the coaches. It looks like I'll visit with my teammate Malcolm Harris. Pittsburgh offered him a scholarship too."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm big, physical and I move very well. Run blocking is my strength. There are few linemen with my size capable of exploding off the line like I do. A few schools like Syracuse prefer me at defensive tackle because of my explosiveness. I'm intense on the field as well."

The Panthers have offered Preston's teammate Malcolm Harris (5-foot-10 inches, 200 pounds). Harris is considered one of the top running backs in the state of New Jersey. Despite tipping the scales at nearly 320 pounds, Markeece is capable of running the fort-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.

"I'm going to take my time and take a hard look at the schools that have offered me a scholarship. Those are the schools that want me the most. I'm probably going to go to Maryland's football camp and try to get to Pittsburgh after that. Pittsburgh wants to run the ball and that plays into my strengths."

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

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