Auguste discusses visit to Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh football team struggled against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Heinz Field on Saturday but it appears they did quite a bit to impress a large number of visiting recruits. Blue-chip cornerback Akeem Auguste from Hollywood, FL happened to be one of them. The spoke with Akeem about his visit.

"I had a lot of fun this weekend. The visit was great," stated blue-chip cornerback Akeem Auguste (5-foot-11 inches, 175 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL. "Gus Mustakas was my host. He used to play for my high school." ranks Auguste the 26th best cornerback in the nation. He's also considered a "four-star" recruit.

"I was able to see all of their facilities. The classrooms and athletic buildings were nice. I thought the UMPC facilities were really incredible. It's really interesting to see how they share the facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Auguste visited along with his teammates Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) and Eain Smith (6-foot-1 inches, 180 pounds). Stinson, a bruising running back, has already committed to the Panthers.

"Xavier has already committed to the Panthers. We have talked about playing together in the past. I talked with Eain on the way home and he was really impressed with what he saw."

Auguste, known as a shut down cornerback, led the Lions to a state championship in 2005. He registered 25 tackles 7 interceptions as a junior. Two of his interceptions were returned from touchdowns. He is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash. Akeem has been a starting cornerback for three years. He plays sparingly at wide receiver as well.

"I know that Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is rebuilding his defense. It looks like I could get some early playing time there. That's important to me."

Auguste has been heavily involved with Florida State, Florida, Auburn and South Carolina. He has accumulated over 20 scholarship offers.

When asked to summarize his thoughts on the Panthers he stated, "I'm not ready to decide but I came away really impressed. The visit was impressive. I like the facilities and the coaches. They're going to be one of my top choices when I go to decide."

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