Pitt to host outstanding Florida DE

The University of Pittsburgh is set to host a number of quality prospects in December. One of the most talented players to visit Pitt will come from the talent rich state of Florida. Who's the player and what does he think of Pitt? Read on for details.

"I'm set to visit Pitt on December 2nd. I'm really excited to get to Pittsburgh and see what their program is all about," stated athletic defensive end prospect Jabaal Sheard (6-foot-4 inches, 240 pounds) from Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, FL.

Scout.com ranks Sheard a "three-star" prospect and the 35th best defensive end in the nation. He registered 28 tackles and 8 sacks a junior.

"Our team is 6-2 right now and getting ready for the playoffs. I have had a solid season and I would like to win a championship. Our next game will be tough. We play Plantation High School."

"Last week was huge. We beat South Broward High School 27-19. The win clinched a playoff birth for us."

Jabaal is capable of bench pressing 370 pounds and running the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He has been a two-year starter for Hollywood Hills High School. Panthers Assistant Charlie Partridge has been his primary contact. Sheard has received scholarship offers from Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Alabama and Minnesota.

"I grew up with Brandon Curry (Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL). We go to different high schools but he grew up a block away from me," said Sheard. "I know he visited Pittsburgh and really liked it."

When asked if Curry and Sheard were a package deal, he stated, "I'm not sure I would say we're a package deal but we would love to play together. Pittsburgh gives us that option. If we both went (to Pitt), at least it would give me someone I already know. We could room together."

"I have had to go one on one with Brandon in the past. He's huge and tough to get around. You could say it was an equal match. Brandon is massive and I'm really fast."

Sheard has registered 45 tackles and 12 sacks this season.

"When I get to Pittsburgh, I want to see how the coaching staff interacts with the players and I want to see if I feel comfortable. I know they have a lot of Florida players on their roster and that's a good thing."

"I'll visit Auburn in January and it looks like I could have one or two more in the future. Pittsburgh will be my first one. Minnesota may get an official as well. Pittsburgh has been recruiting me pretty hard so I can't wait to get there."

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

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