Florida DE discusses future visits

The University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue some of the top talent in the state of Florida. Defensive Ends Coach Charlie Partridge continues to pursue a stout and mobile defensive end from Miramar, FL. Will he visit the Panthers? Read on for details.

Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers' offensive and defensive lines. Florida recruiting ace and Pitt assistant Charlie Partridge hopes to land a pair of players from Everglades High School in Miramar, FL that will augment both sides of the line.

The Panthers have entrenched themselves with blue-chip linemen Uriah Grant (6-foot-1 ½ inches, 248 pounds) and Joel McCleod (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds). The standouts from Everglades High School were set to visit the Panthers on September 16th. Due to a scheduling conflict the pair had to move their visit to October 16th.

The Panthers currently lead for McCleod, a rugged offensive guard/center. Joel has openly stated that he may commit to Pitt during his October visit. Grant, a defensive lineman, has been somewhat indecisive about his visit to Pittsburgh.

"I'm totally sold on the Panther football program. I love everything I have heard about them," stated Grant. "At this point, I want to visit football programs I'm still on the fence about."

"I'll probably visit Wisconsin, South Carolina and Michigan State. I know that Joel is going to head up to Pittsburgh, I'm not sure if I will at this time. I wish the visit would have worked out this weekend (Sept. 16th)."

When asked if the Panthers are still one of his top choices, he replied "Of course they're one of my top choices. Like I said, I could see myself playing there."

Grant finished his junior season with 60 tackles and 14 sacks. He was named 2nd team All-County. Everglades High School currently holds a 2-1 record.

Despite his lack of size, Uriah is able to compensate on the field with exceptional mobility and Herculean strength. "I have lost weight this season," he said. "I started off around 260 pound and I'm down to 248 pounds. I have never worried about my size. I'm the first guy off the ball and I can bench press 415 pounds. When I get a hold of you, I win the battle." Grant stated that most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end.

"I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with my visit to Pittsburgh. Even if I don't visit with Joel, there is still one of my top choices."

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

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