Gaskins makes it a Hat Trick

Dave Wannstedt and his Pitt staff have been making an effort to shore up their offensive front line. Today the panthers scored a rare hat trick as they landed three prospects. This morning the Panther's added one of the region's premier offensive tackles in Dan Matha. Florida tight end Nick Krupa also chose the Panthers. Now a third has joined the party.

York (Pa.) William Penn offensive lineman Greg Gaskins caught the collective eye of the Pitt Panthers coaching staff two weeks ago when he dominated at camp. The Panthers offered the young 16-year old manchild a full ride and tonight Gaskins decided he wanted to be a Panther.

"Coach (Greg) Gattuso was recruiting me and he did a great job, so I called and committed to him about 20 minutes ago," Gaskins said. "I told him I made my decision and I wanted to be a Pitt Panther. He was excited and told me he was callin coach (Dave) Wannstedt."

Gaskins held offers from Pitt and Maryland, but he said he felt more at home at the in-state school.

When I went there I just felt welcomed," he said. "The coaches were great. The facilities were great. Everyone there was friendly and I just felt like that was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life at."

Gaskins who ranks fourth in a class of 290 is on course to graduate early.

"I would like to graduate, hopefully in early January and get to Pitt early," he said. "I think it will help me for football and help me get a jump start on my education."

Not a lot of people are familiar with Gaskins, but he describes himself as an athletic lineman.

"I played center my junior year and this year I'll play tackle," he said. "Pitt likes me as a center/guard. I think i am a patient lineman, I will read where I need to go then get after it. I am athletic and can get to linebackers quicker then most guys can."

Gaskins is excited about his decision as is his family.

"It feels great," Gaskins explained. "This is a dream come true. My parents came out there with me and they really liked it. We are planning on going back out very soon to take a closer look at everything. I'm glad it is over and now I can fouce on my team."


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