Massive Wayne Jones to pick between three

The University of Pittsburgh football program is in the process of finalizing its 2007 recruiting class. Pitt has identified a massive defensive tackle prospect they would like to add to the football program. This prospect will soon choose between three schools. Where does Pitt stand? Read on.

The Panthers have been lacking size at the defensive tackle position for quite some time. It appears that Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff has identified a promising prospect from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, PA. His name Wayne Jones and he's a rather large 6-foo-3 ½ inches, 332 pounds.

Jones primarily played around 345 pounds his junior year. After a vigilant training regimen last summer, he was able to shed over 20 pounds heading into his senior season. Pleased with his progression, a number of football programs are starting to show a tremendous amount of interest. Wayne registered 73 tackles and 3 sacks this season.

"There are three schools in the mix," Jones said. "Pitt wants me as a greyshirt and Akron wants me to join their current recruiting class. Cincinnati is the new school involved. They offered me a scholarship three days ago. It kinds changes things. I feel like I owe them a visit." ranks Jones a "one-star" prospect. He visited Akron on January 19th and toured Pitt and Kent State last week. Wayne indicated that he would schedule a visit to Cincinnati within the next few days.

When asked about his trip to Pittsburgh, he stated, "I went there with my parents last week. It was a great visit. My friend, Scott Corson, was my host for the day."

"The visit was only a day but I got to see a lot of the campus and facilities. I thought the facilities were amazing and the coaching staff was great. The coaches told me I had a chance to contribute if I worked hard on my conditioning."

With a scholarship offer in place from Cincinnati, Jones has more to contemplate. "I have to give Cincinnati a look. My decision could come down to Pitt and two schools that offer me an immediate opportunity to play," Jones said.

"There's part of me that wants to play as soon as possible, then part of me thinks it might be a good idea to sit out a semester and work on my conditioning. A large part of my improvement on the field had to do with conditioning. More time spent on losing weight and building muscle might be a good thing"

"It's hard to say, but right now I still think that the opportunity at Pitt might be my best option. Time will tell."

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