Florida Lineman takes hard look at PITT

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is currently attempting to rebuild the Panthers' offensive line. Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL happens to have an offensive tackle emerging as one of the top prospects in the state. What does he think of Pitt? Read on.

"Right now I'm up to 20 scholarship offers," stated athletic offensive tackle Emeka Nwankwo (6-foot-5 inches, 285 pounds). "Some of the top schools I'm looking at are Miami (FL), Georgia, Pittsburgh, Auburn, Florida and Virginia. I'm trying to keep an open mind right now and evaluate all of the schools that have offered me."

Nkwanko, whose family is from Nigeria, is capable of bench pressing 300 pounds and running the forty-yard dash in 5.1 seconds. He's an excellent student with a 3.3 grade point average.

"This has been a tough month for me. I had a high ankle sprain and I couldn't work out for an entire month. I'm trying to let it heal. It's uncomfortable and I have it wrapped up really well. At this point, I want to try to let it heal. I can't see myself going to too many camps."

"Pittsburgh was down there recently to watch me at practice. They have offered a bunch of my teammates as well. Akeem August, Xavier Stinson and Eain Smith have been offered too. They may be close to offering Ed Ferguson and Kamar Aiken. I'm curious to take a closer look at the program. I know they need linemen."

Kwankwo has set the lofty goal of becoming a doctor. He is well aware that the University of Pittsburgh has an outstanding school of medicine. "I was told that Pittsburgh has a strong program in medicine," he said. "I want to major in pre-med and that's going to factor heavily into my decision."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm very athletic for my size. I play guard in our system and you have to be the most athletic linemen on the team to play that position. I can easily play tackle on the next level. Coaches are always amazed by my speed. I feel like I'm the best blocker in the state in open space."

"I'm in the process of talking with my family and setting up future visits. I think Pittsburgh will be one of them."

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

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