Milford DL Duo set to visit Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has made it abundantly clear that he's focused on rebuilding the Panthers on both sides of the line. A pair of defensive line prospects capable of making an immediate impact is in the process of setting a visit with the Panthers. Who are they? Read on.

"I'm going to contact Coach (David) Walker this week and get the visit to Pittsburgh set up," stated athletic defensive end prospect Ishmyl Johnson (6-foot-6 inches, 250 pounds) from Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. "Myself, along with Charles Deas (6-foot-4 inches, 354 pounds), are going to visit together. It looks like we'll visit either the first or second week in December."

Johnson, known as "Ish", originally committed to the Michigan State. He reopened his commitment shortly after the Spartans opted to dismiss Head Coach John L. Smith. Johnson was originally a two-sport star at Rahway High School in Rahway, NJ. He was generally considered more of a basketball prospect prior to matriculating at Milford Academy.

Deas, a massive wide specimen, is originally from Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL was considered one of the top defensive tackles in the nation in 2006. ranked him the 23rd best defensive tackle in the nation and a "four-star" prospect. After entertaining a plethora of upper echelon scholarship offers, he finally decided to commit to LSU. All seemed well until Deal fell short academically and was unable to qualify. He eventually chose to attend Milford Academy to improve on and off the football team. Charles is no longer involved with the Tigers. ranks Johnson a two-star prospect the 88th best defensive end in the nation. Michigan State, Illinois and Temple had extended a scholarship offer prior to his commitment to the Spartans. Pitt, Michigan and Miami (FL) were in close contact. The Panthers immediately became involved with "Ish" upon discovering he had re-opened his recruitment. Pitt's running back Coach David Walker has been his primary contact.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm 6-foot-6 inches tall and 255 pounds. When you look at me, you might think I'm around 230 pounds or less. I look skinny because I'm mostly muscle. I actually bench press 415 pounds. My physical strength helps me in my pass rushing."

"My basketball experience has helped me on the football field. In hoops, you need a quick firs step to get by the man guarding you. It's not that different when you're playing defensive end. You need to get that first move on the offensive lineman in front of you."

"Ish" believes he's a perfect combination of a "bull" and "speed" pass rusher. "I can do both," he stated. "I run around a 4.6 forty-yard dash so I have the speed to get by a tackle. If I have to get a little more physical and use my strength, I can do that to. They have taught me hear to stay low and get under their pads. Once I get a lock on you, I'm going to win the battle."

Johnson and Deas have befriended one another at Milford Academy and the talented duo has discussed attended school together. "We're not a package deal, but we would definitely like to play together," stated Ishmyl. "Charles and I have been to Pitt and we liked it there. The facilities are great and we like the coaching staff. It would be great to play for Coach (Dave) Wannstedt."

"We're going to get our December visit set with the week. I can't wait to get back and take a second look at Pitt."

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