"Package Deal" from Florida looks at Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh is currently scouring the state of Florida for upper echelon football talent. Panthers' wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill has been firmly entrenched in Homestead, Fl attempted to coax a number of top players to Pittsburgh. Read on for details.

"I have offers from North Carolina State, Auburn, Alabama, Memphis and Pittsburgh," stated standout defensive end Jameil Farrington (6-foot-3 inches, 235 pounds) from Homestead High School in Homestead, FL.

"I haven't visited any of the schools that have offered me. I want to take all of my officials. North Carolina State and Alabama stand out but I want to learn more about Pittsburgh. I like everything I have heard. They could leap to the top of my list with a good visit."

Farrington runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He registered 55 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior.

"I'm a fast pass rusher that's very good about reading keys. I can read plays and quickly react. Usually I can tell if it's a run or pass. My goal this season is to get something like 20 sacks."

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt seems like he would be a good guy to play for," he stated. "I want to take a closer look at the Pittsburgh. It looks like I could get playing time there."

When asked what factors he would be looking for during his visits, he quickly responded, "I want to take a close look at graduation rates. That's really important. I want to go to a school with great facilities with a winning record."

Pitt has offered a number of Homestead players including linebacker Maurice Harris, wide receiver Alphonso Bryant, safety Joseph Nicolas and wide receiver A.J. Guyton.

Farrington and linebacker Maurice Harris are very good friends. Jameil described Harris as "a brother, a member of the family". He was quick to note that the two consider each other a package deal. Harris, an outstanding outside linebacker, has scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Pitt, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

"Pittsburgh is an options because they have offered both of us scholarships. We'll probably visit together."

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

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