Woodland Hills athlete waits on Panthers

The University of Pittsburgh has had tremendous amounts of success recruiting players from powerhouse Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Most of the Wolverines that have joined the Pitt football program have developed into starters and NFL prospects. Will another soon join the Pitt football program?

"I have scholarship offers from Colorado, Temple, Kent State and Akron," stated fullback/linebacker prospect Devan Johnson (6-foot-1 inches, 230 pounds) from Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA. "Pitt, Arizona State, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Wake Forest all seem close to offering me a scholarship."

Johnson is capable of playing linebacker, fullback, H-back and tight end on the next level. He is capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, bench pressing 330 pounds and squatting 460 pounds. Devan has been a two-year starter for the Wolverines.

"Schools are torn as to what side of the ball I should be on. Pitt and Cincinnati like me more on defense. Michigan State, Temple and Wake Forest like me as a fullback. Other schools have told me they would take me as an athlete and try me at different positions."

Johnson was far from shy when asked to comment on the Pitt Panthers. "I really like Pitt. They have a great coaching staff and they are close to home," he said. "Greg Webster (Pitt Class of 2006) is like an older brother to me. He really wants me to join him at Pitt. He has told me great things about their football program."

"I have met all of the coaches at Pitt. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is a great guy and he's very down to earth. Coach (Bob) Junko recruits locally and he's a great guy as well."

Johnson was named first team All-Conference as a junior. He caught 12 passes for 284 yards (23.7-yard average) and 6 touchdowns.

When asked what he was looking for on a school, he stated, "Academics are the first and most important thing. Most of the schools looking at me are strong academically. I want to go to a larger school with a diverse population of students. Their football team has to be good to semi-good."

"Pitt told me they want to watch my first few games but it seems that they are close to offering me a scholarship. I replace Greg Webster in the lineup this season at middle linebacker. Hopefully I can line up next to him in college."

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

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