Kevin Rouse enjoys visit to Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh will lose three key linebackers after the 2006 season: H.B. Blades, Clint Session and Brian Bennett. Pitt recently hosted one of the top linebackers in the Midwest. Where does Pitt stand with this hard-hitting LB? Read on.

Kevin Rouse (6-foot-1 inches, 225 pounds) from Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, IL visited the Panthers Wednesday, July 26th through Friday, July 28th. The PantherDigest.com spoke with Kevin shortly after his visit.

"I really enjoyed my visit. The school and the city were much nice than I anticipated," stated Rouse. "I arrived with my father on Wednesday and we were able to get to the UMPC South Side facilities and check things out. We spent a lot of time with Coach (Paul) Rhodes at that time as well. He's a great guy."

Rouse registered 90 tackles and 25 tackles for a loss as a junior. He is capable of bench pressing 300 pounds, squatting 550 pounds and running a 4.58 forty-yard dash.

"Thursday was a really full day. We toured more of the campus, toured their business school and I spoke with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt for a while. Coach (Curtis) Bray took time to talk with me and show me how I fit into their defensive system."

Scout.com ranks Rouse the 25the best linebacker in the nation. He projects as an inside linebacker prospect and an adequate replacement for All-American middle linebacker H.B. Blades.

"Pitt is the only school that wants me to start at outside linebacker. I could always move to the middle later. H.B. Blades started out at middle linebacker his freshman year and he eventually moved to the middle."

Rouse holds scholarship offers from Pitt, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin. He's a solid student with a 3.5 grade point average and he has already scored a 26 on the ACT. Kevin was named all-conference and honorable-mention all-area as a junior.

"Playing time is going to factor into my decision and it looks like I'll have a great opportunity to get onto the field at Pitt. I have decided to wait until mid-season to make a commitment. It looks like I'll break things down within the next few weeks and make a few official visits. I'm very high on Pitt and I believe they will be one of my top schools."

"The visit helped the Panthers. It was great. I liked the campus and the city of Pittsburgh. The facilities were top notch. I know it's not football related but Pitt had the best looking girls as well. They were very impressive."

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


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