NJ Defensive End considers Pitt visit

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers defense. He has been searching for quality defensive end prospects with speed and above average pass rushing capabilities. It appears a strong candidate may visit Pitt.

"I have three visits scheduled at this time. I visited Minnesota on December 1st. I head to Washington this weekend (1/5) and I visit Stanford the following week (1/12)," stated defensive end prospect Ernest Owusu (6-foot-4 inches, 245 pounds) from The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. "I have two more visits to take and I'm strongly considering Pitt. I need to contact Coach (David) Walker to set it up."

Owusu was named First-Team All-State at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN a year ago. At a skinny 6-foot-4 inches, 215 pounds, he was overlooked by most upper echelon football programs.

"I was skinny and probably looked more like a defensive back or linebacker. My grades were strong but I thought I needed an additional year to develop physically," said Owusu.

Ernest, a highly articulate young man, decided he would hit the weight room with a vengeance. He gained a considerable amount of muscle and currently weighs between 245 to 250 pounds. Despite his size, he has very little fat and appears to be "chiseled from stone."

"A year ago only Division I-AA schools were recruiting me. Now I have a number of Division I school taking notice," said Owusu.

Ernest graduated with a 3.55 GPA at Father Ryan High School and scored an 1140 on his SAT. He's capable of running a 4.7 forty-yard dash and bench pressing 370 pounds.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm a strong pass rusher. I have a non-stop motor. I don't give up on plays."

Ernest accrued 60 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 interception this season.

"Pitt has a lot going for it. I know that Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is a good coach and they have great tradition. I want to major in Pre-Med and I know Pittsburgh has a strong school of medicine."

"I'm looking for the best combination of academics and athletics. Right now, I'm wide open. Minnesota somewhat hurt their chances by firing Coach Mason. I didn't understand that decision. I would like to lock down my last visits by next week."

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

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