Brandon Curry high on visit to Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is currently attempting to rebuild the Panthers offensive and defensive lines. The class of 2007 has heavily focused on the offensive line and blue-chip lineman Brandon Curry visited the Panthers this weekend. Read on for his comments.

"I felt welcomed to Pittsburgh before I even got there," stated hulking offensive line prospect Brandon Curry (6-foot-5 inches, 300 pounds) from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. "I was on the plane coming to Pittsburgh and I heard a lady behind me taking about the Pitt-Rutgers game and I told her I was heading there as well."

"She asked me who I was and I replied my name was Brandon," he said. "She lit up and said "Oh, you're Brandon Curry" and started telling me about the school." The lady turned out to be the mother of Gust Mustakas, Pitt's starting defensive tackle. I was shocked she knew who I was. It was nice."

Curry was a first-team All-County selection as a junior. He went the entire season without allowing a sack. Brandon has primarily played right tackle. He is capable of bench pressing 340 pounds and running the forty-yard dash in 5.3 seconds.

"I arrived on late Friday and I had dinner with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and some of the coaching staff. It was nice," stated hulking "After the dinner I went to meet my host, Jared Martin. He's a great guy. We went to see a comedy show and he introduced me to a lot of people."

Curry was provided a tour of Pitts' academic and athletic facilities. He was quick to comment on both. "You could tell that everything the Panthers had were state of the art. If you want to get your game to the next level, those are the type of facilities you need," he said. "I want to major in physical therapy and I able to see some of the classrooms."

Despite the Panthers loss to the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Curry appeared to have fun at the football game. "I really loved coming out of the tunnel and seeing the entire City of Pittsburgh. I was truly beautiful," he said. "Heinz Field is a fantastic stadium. I think the Panthers will be good in the future, they simply need a few more guys on both sides of the line."

Brandon was quick to pontificate on his favorite part of the game. It happened to have occurred at half time. "I went to get snacks at halftime with some of the recruits. As I walked to the concession stand, fans were coming up to me and thanking me for coming. They told me they hoped I enjoyed my time at Pittsburgh," he said. "I know I did an interview with your site, but I couldn't get over how well know I was. I already felt like I was part of the team and the Pittsburgh community. I didn't see that coming."

When asked about his thoughts on the Panthers, he stated, "I really like Pitt and they are at the top of my list. I'm not ready to decide but the visit was great."

"The coaching staff told me they are rebuilding both sides of the line, but they need a few more guys with my size. I think I could help them. There's not a negative thing I could say at this point. I had a lot fun and really enjoyed the trip. Pitt really helped themselves."

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


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