Panthers pursue Valley Forge prospects

Cornerback Bryan Williams from Butchel High School in Akron, OH was considered one of the top defensive back prospects in the Panthers' recruiting class of 2005. He is currently attending Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA. It appears Williams is on track to join the Panthers along with several of his teammates.

"Bryan Williams is will graduate and he will be joining the University of Pittsburgh football team," stated Valley Forge Military Academy Junior College Head Football Coach Dennis Orlando. "We're looking at viable graduation dates right now. He could join the team soon. We could be looking at January (2007), May would be the latest."

"Bryan is 6-0 tall and a solid 200 pounds. We are going to time our athletes in the forty-yard dash today. I won't blink an eye if he runs a 4.3 forty-yard dash. He's that fast and that athletic."

Williams was named first team All-Ohio Division III as a running back after rushing for 1,897 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior. Scout.com ranked him the 77th best cornerback in the nation.

"We really needed Bryan in the secondary but we did play him a little at running back. I think he had something like ten carries last year. He's the ultimate change of pace running back. Bryan has great vision and he's a slasher. He breaks free and stars running downhill with that 4.3 forty speed. There are few defensive backs that can touch him."

Panthers' offensive line coach Paul Dunn recently visited Valley Forge Military Academy to evaluate an additional pair of impact players. "Coach Dunn was taking a hard look at linebacker / fullback Devon Jeter (6-foot-1 inches, 225 pounds) and offensive lineman Ryan Fullerton (6-foot-4 inches, 297 pounds)," said Orlando.

"Jeter is originally from Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, PA. I know that Pitt seems to have luck with players from that school. Devon is a big, strong kid that's aggressive and intense on the football field. He mostly played fullback for us last year, but we're going to move him to linebacker this year. He could play both positions and has two years of eligibility."

Ryan is a big, strong player capable of playing every line position other than left tackle. He's originally from North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Ryan is a very smart player that mostly played defensive line last year. He's going to move to the offensive line this year. His future is on the offensive line and he's another player with two years of eligibility."

"The Panthers are still at the stage where they could use some immediate help at certain positions. Devon and Ryan could quickly fill some holes for them."

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


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