Gaskins excited about Pitt offer

The University of Pittsburgh is in the process of rebuilding its offensive line. With Joe Villani set to graduate after the 2006 season and Chris Vangas having a year of eligibility remaining, the Panthers are searching for top flight center prospects. It appears that Pitt has become the leader for an outstanding prospect from William Penn High School (York, PA).

Greg Gaskins entered his junior year of high school football at a mediocre 6-foot-2 inches, 260 pounds. With less than impressive size, most assumed that he was unable to player football at an upper echelon football program. Things quickly changed from his junior to senior year. Gaskins grew two inches and gained nearly 25 pounds of muscle. At 16 years old, entered the summer at 6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds.

"I have grown a lot and I'm not done growing," stated Gaskins. "Most schools liked me on film but thought I was too small. They saw my junior year film and had a hard time believing I grew that much in one year. Things have changed a lot. Most schools have wanted to see me live to see if I pass the "looks test". They see me and realize that I have grown and I'm not done growing."

Gaskins recently attended the Dave Wannstedt Summer Football Camp. He was highly impressive and earned a scholarship offer from the Panthers. Greg projects as a center on the next level.

"I was very excited when they offered," stated Gaskins. "I really loved the coaches, the campus and the facilities at Pitt."

Pitt, Maryland and Massachusetts have extended Greg scholarship offers. WVU, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Akron and Bowling Green have been in very close contact. He was named 2nd team All-County as a junior and carries an amazing 4.65 grade point average. Greg is at the top of his graduating class and plans on joining the school of his choice in January.

"The Panthers want me to play center or guard there. I'll get my first looks at center. They have a senior starter with a junior behind him. I would love to push for playing time as a freshman. I played center my junior year but I'll be moved to tackle for my senior season. It's good experience. I have played all three line positions."

What are his thoughts on Pitt? Greg quickly replied, "I have them at the top of my list. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Paul) Dunn seem like very professional coaches that know how to treat their players. They are very intelligent guys."

Gaskins would like to make his decision by the end of summer. He has attended summer camps at Pitt, Boston College, WVU and Bowling Green.

NOTE: Pitt would like to add two additional inside prospects. Gaskins, Caleb Ruch (Quakertown Community High School in Quakertown, PA) and Cameron Holland (Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA) appear to be strong candidates at this time.

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