Pitt evaluates Valley Forge prospects

The University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue a number of talented junior college prospects. A trio of talented prospects from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA is currently being heavily evaluated by the Panthers coaching staff. Read on for details.

"I just sent tape to the Panthers' coaching staff on Bryan, Devon and Ryan," stated Valley Forge Military Academy Junior College Head Football Coach Dennis Orlando. Coach Orlando was referred to three of his standouts: athlete Bryan Williams (6-foot, 190 pounds), fullback/linebacker Devon Jeter (6-foot, 235 pounds) and offensive lineman Ryan Fullerton (6-foot-4 inches, 300 pounds). "I know they are interested in the three of them. Bryan is the only one with a scholarship offer. We'll see what happens with the other two."

"Right now Devon and Ryan don't have an offer from the Panthers, but they are legitimate D-1 players. If Pitt doesn't take the, I can assure you they will be playing for somebody."

Bryan Williams was considered one of the best defensive back prospects in the class of 2005. He chose the Panthers over a number of upper echelon programs including Michigan State and Minnesota. Williams was unable to qualify and eventually enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy to improve academically.

"As far as I know, Bryan is still set to join the Panthers. He's solid academically and ready to go. He would join the Panthers in the summer."

Williams was named first team All-Ohio Division III as a running back after rushing for 1,897 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior. Scout.com ranked him the 77th best cornerback in the nation.

"Bryan is our starting cornerback and he's splits time as our staring tailback," said Orlando. "On defense he's a shut down cornerback. On offense, he's our speed back. Bryan runs a 4.3 forty-yard dash and he's not small. He's a solid 197 pounds. He's having a great season for us."

"Devon is a player that was recommended by the Pitt coaching staff," said Orlando. "He was a standout at Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, PA. Devon is very strong and well built. He can run, block and catch. He's an intense football player. Devon could play linebacker as well but we mostly have him playing fullback."

"Ryan is originally from North Catholic High School. He's a big 6-foot-4 inch, 300 pound lineman. He projects as a guard/center type in college," stated Orlando. Ryan is smart and he's strong."

The University of Pittsburgh football staff will be receiving film on the trio of players this week. A decision on the players will be made within the next month. It appears that Williams acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh is completely contingent upon his academic success. Coach Orlando assured the PantherDigest.com that he is on track and set to qualify. Pitt junior Darrelle Revis has established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. If he opts to forgo his senior year and declare for the NFL draft, Williams has the ability to push for his starting position.

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

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