Pitt has eye on safety recruits

The Panthers are interested in a number of recruits at the safety position.

Safety is a big recruiting need for the Panthers this year. They already have one early commitment in standout Allen Richardson, a DB from Euclid, Ohio. Pitt had two safety prospects go down with ACL tears this spring, so they may bring in two more this recruiting class.

First up is high school All-American recruit Ryan Mundy from Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh. Ryan is 6-2, 205 lbs and has run the 40 in 4.37 seconds! He has offers from just about every big time program in the country, but most feel it will come down to Pitt and Michigan. Ryan had 84 tackles and seven picks as a junior.

Markeys Scott from Massillon, Ohio, is another safety prospect Pitt is recruiting. He is 6-2, 190 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. Pitt and Kentucky are his top two, and he has also has offers from WVU and Cincinnati. He made 58 tackles and four picks as a junior.

Vince Beamer from Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, Pa., is another top safety recruit. He is 6-2, 185 lbs and runs a 4.45 40. He excels against the run and loves contact. Georgia Tech and Michigan State are said to be leading, but he is also looking at Pitt, VT and NC. Vince is an excellent athlete who is also a basketball standout.

Greg Hutcherson from Kiski Area, Vandergrift, Pa., is being recruited at wide receiver by most schools, but he also has the potential to play safety. Greg is 6-3, 185 lbs and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He had 36 catches and 12 TD's as a junior, and he also had three picks from his cornerback position. Pitt is in his top five and WVU, Iowa and UConn are also after him. Greg is the teammate of Chris McKillop, Pitt's first early verbal for the 2003 recruiting class.

Travis Thomas from Washington, Pa., is another blue-chip recruit that could play a number of positions including running back, safety and linebacker. He is 6-1, 200 lbs and has recently run a 4.39 40. Northwestern, BC and Vanderbilt may have a slight lead over PSU, Pitt and Notre Dame. Travis ran for 1,800 yards and 34 TD's as a junior.

Pitt is also looking at several other safety prospects, as this is one of the hottest target areas for the 2003 recruiting season.

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