Junko visits hard hitting Jeannette safety

The University of Pittsburgh football program is in the process of finalizing its 2007 recruiting class. Panthers Assistant Coach Bob Junko recently visited an outstanding potential last minute prospect. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this hard hitting safety prospect.

"Coach (Bob) Junko from Pitt was here last week," stated standout safety Davonte Shannon (6-foot-1 inches, 185 pounds) from Jeannette Senior High School in Jeannette, PA. "Pitt has been in steady contact with me for a while and Coach Junko thinks they may have a scholarship for me. The Panthers like me at safety."

Shannon was recently named Pennsylvania Class AA First-Team All-State at linebacker. He split time at strong safety and linebacker and registered over 90 tackles and 8 sacks this season.

"I see Pitt as a big time up and coming program. They have good coaches and they have been getting some amazing players. When those players start working their way into the starting lineup, Pitt's going to be as good as anyone."

Scout.com ranks Shannon a "two-star" prospect. He's been described as "a defensive back that hits like a linebacker" and "a beast". Davonte has been a three-year starter on both sides of the ball.

When asked about his strengths, Shannon quickly replied, "I'm a solid tackler. I take pride in my tackling ability. I have great closing speed and I'm not scared to hit. People have told me I'm an aggressive player."

The University at Buffalo has offered Shannon a scholarship. Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse and Michigan State appear close to offering scholarships. "Pitt was here last week. Michigan State is supposed to be this week," Davonte said.

"I like Pitt a lot. I have the offer from Buffalo but I feel like I can compete against the best. Coach Junko told me he would get back to me next week to let me know if I have a scholarship."

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

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