Wright a Panther, Holland next?

The University of Pittsburgh football team recently received a verbal commitment from wide receiver Aundre Wright. To gain perspective on Wright and an update on his former teammate Cameron Holland, the PantherDigest.com spoke with Perry Traditional Academy Head Football Coach Bill Gallagher.

"I'm very happy that Aundre committed to Pitt. The Panthers got themselves a fantastic player," stated Perry Traditional Academy Head Football Coach Bill Gallagher. Coach Gallagher was referring to his former star wide receiver Aundre Wright. Wright is currently attending Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY.

Scout.com ranks Wright a "three-star" prospect and the 21st best prep school player in the nation.

"Pound for pound, I have never had a tougher player than Aundre Wright. He has a natural wiry strength," said Gallagher. "With his combination of strength and speed, he's going to be dangerous in the Big East. I can't imagine what's going to happen to him once he starts working out with Coach (Mike) Kent. You won't be able to recognize him."

Wright caught 25 passes for 900 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior. His senior year, he caught 20 passes for 600 yards.

"When Aundre played for me, we tried to get the ball to him as much as possible. He's a playmaker. Aundre is fast, strong and explosive. I can see him helping Pitt in a number of ways."

Coach Gallagher currently has several outstanding college prospects on his football team. One of them, offensive lineman Cameron Holland (6-foot-3 inches, 285 pounds), had narrowed his choices to Pitt and North Carolina in August. He eventually chose to commit to the Tar Heels.

North Carolina Head Football Coach John Bunting was informed on Sunday that he would not return as the Tar Heels coach next season. When Coach Gallagher was asked about Holland's status, he stated, "Cameron was called on Sunday and informed that Coach Bunting was relieved of his duties. He's now looking into his options."

"Clearly he's heavily considering the Panthers and they are one of his strongest options. I can tell you that they are in contact with each other and my visit them sometime in the future."

Scout.com rates Holland a "three-star" lineman. Last season, Holland was named first-team All-City and first team All-AAA.

"When you look at Cameron's combination of size, speed and technique, you can tell he's going to be an outstanding offensive lineman," said Gallagher. "When we run Jared Williams (former Pitt commitment), Cameron gets out in front of him and he'll knock down not just one, but sometimes two defenders. He's going to be an outstanding offensive center or guard in college."

"I know there's interest in Pitt from Cameron's part, but I don't know the Panthers specific situation either. We'll see how things pan out within the next month or so."

Recruiting Note: The University of Pittsburgh is currently involved with two additional offensive line prospects: 6-foot-6 inch, 300 pounds Brandon Curry from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL and 6-foot-4 inch, 280 pound Joel McCleod from Everglades High School in Miramar, FL. Five offensive linemen have already committed to Pitt. The coaching staff would have little reservation about adding Curry. Pitt is dire need of offensive tackles and his potential is considerable. Despite Holland's size and mobility, the scholarship numbers may not work in his favor.

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


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