Wayne Jones talks about his future at Pitt

A number of outstanding prospects signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday. One of those prospects was massive defensive tackle Wayne Jones from Johnstown, PA. The PantherDigest.com spoke with him about his future at Pitt.

"It was a great feeling signing my letter of intent with Pitt yesterday," stated massive defensive tackle Wayne Jones (6-foot-3 inches, 320 pounds) from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, PA.

Scout.com ranks Jones a "one-star" prospect. He chose the Panthers over Cincinnati, Akron, Temple, Kent State, Buffalo, Delaware and Toledo. Wayne is a "grayshirt" prospect that will join the Pitt football team next January.

"I chose Pitt for a number of reasons," Jones said. "I first sat down and prayed to God. I knew he would give me the answers. Pitt was close to home, I liked the school, the coaches and the academics. It just felt right. I felt most comfortable there."

Jones weighted approximately 350 pounds his junior year and the excessive bulk hindered his performance. After a vigilant workout regimen over the summer, he was able to shed between 20 to 30 pounds heading into his senior season. Pleased with his progression, a number of football programs started to take notice of his on-field performance. Wayne registered 73 tackles and 3 sacks this season. Bishop McCort finished their season with an 11-2 record.

Jones is quite clear that he and Pitt Strength and Conditioning Coach Buddy Morris are about to become very good friends. He indicated that he will arrive at Pitt in the best shape of his life. "I'm around 320 pounds right now. I want to weigh around 310 pounds for the Big 33 and dominate," Jones said. "By the time I get to Pitt, I want to weigh between 295 to 300 pounds. I plan on using the extra time to get into the shape, improve my strengths and quickness."

Jones was named first team AA All-State by the Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Football News. Pitt Assistant Coach Bob Junko was primarily responsible for his recruitment. Wayne is capable of bench pressing 320 pounds and squatting 550 pounds.

"I'm the big defensive tackle Pitt has been looking for. I have great feet and explosion for my size and I play with a mean streak. I think you have to be aggressive to succeed at football."

Pitt has already received a verbal commitment from standout 2008 athlete Antwuan Reed from Johnstown, PA. Reed happens to be Jones' first cousin. When asked if Reed's commitment had a great deal to do with his decision, Wayne quickly said, "This was my decision but I'm excited to play with Antwuan. It didn't hurt. I'm going to get my teammate Mike Cruz (2008 tight end prospect) to come to Pitt as well. He's already leaning towards Pitt."

"I'm very happy with my decision and I look forward to playing for Pitt."

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

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