Panthers lead for speedy linebacker

The University of Pittsburgh will lose a plethora of quality linebackers after the 2006 season including starters H.B. Blades and Clint Session. Pitt Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff appear to be in the lead position for a fast outside linebacker prospect from Perkasle, PA. Read on for details.

"Our team is 5-4 right now and we're hoping for a win this week to keep up eligible for the playoffs," stated outside linebacker prospect Tristan Roberts (6-foot, 215 pounds) from Pennridge High School in Perkasle, PA.

Roberts has been a three-year starter for Pennridge High School. He's currently starting at running back and linebacker. Pitt has told him he projects as a "WILL" linebacker on the next level.

"Right now I'm focused on the season but I want to take official visits shortly after the season is over. I have talked with the coaches at Pitt and it looks like I'll visit sometime in early December."

Roberts is capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, bench pressing 310 pounds and squatting 455 pounds. He currently holds an offer from Bowling Green and Army. He continues to be contacted by a myriad of school.

Tristan opened the eyes of the Panthers coaching staff over the summer when he ran a consistent 4.5 forty-yard dash at nearly 220 pounds. The Panthers' indoor facilities are considered a "slow track" and the coaching staff believes he can develop into an aggressive outside linebacker capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

"I like Pitt quite a bit. I have visited there three times," he said. "The last time I was there was the Virginia game. It was a lot of fun and I was able to see more of their facilities. I'm still looking at my options but Pitt looks like my leader."

Panthers' Offensive Line Coach Paul Dunn has been primarily recruiting Roberts. Pitt will lose senior linebackers H.B. Blades, Clint Session and Brian Bennett after the 2006 season.

Roberts is an exceptionally intelligent young man. He scored a 1980 on his SAT and carries a 4.31 grade point average.

Roberts has established himself as a capable running back in high school. When asked if he preferred offense or defense on the next level, he stated, "I'm open to both but every school I have talked to likes me on defense. I'm fine with that."

"I look forward to visiting Pitt and eventually ending the recruiting process."

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


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