Vick Has Something To Prove

Josh Vick played in just a handful of games as a junior at Kiski Area High School in Vandergrift, Pa., but that was enough for the nearly 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback to garner interest from several schools.

His knee injury is completely healed, so Josh Vick has been strutting his stuff at several area combines. Vick displayed a strong arm on deep routes, good touch on passes to running backs and a quick release.

"These combines can give you a chance to see what your competition is for scholarships and things like that, where you stand among this group of talented kids,'' Vick said. "Obviously, there's a lot of pretty talented kids here, the best of the best, so we'll see how I fit in.''

Vick noted that while he doesn't have any offers just yet, he has gotten some serious interest from the University of Pittsburgh, Akron, Penn State and West Virginia, among others.

"Going to these camps will help get my name out there, so that's all I'm trying to do,'' Vick said. "I just want to do the best that I can so some schools will notice me. These camps are something extra to do.

"They're really like icing on the cake after my junior season and also before my senior season. You have to do them to get your name out there and show people what you can do. That's the way to get things going.''

Vick also will attend Pitt's camp in mid-June, and the Panthers could offer him a scholarship then. He could get a few others by then as well. Until then, he'll check out some nearby schools and see if he finds a place he likes.

"I've had a few unofficial visits,'' Vick said. "I've been to Pitt, Akron and a few other local schools. I was supposed to go to Northwestern, but I couldn't make it to that one. Hopefully, once things start picking up during the season I'll have had some offers and be able to take some visits.

"As of right now, I want to go into things with an open mind. I'm not set on going to any one school right now. I'm very open right now, because I have had some interest, but no offers. Once I get a few offers, I guess I'll be able to make a better decision. At least that's what I'm hoping for.''

Since Vick didn't play an entire season and has only played quarterback -- and not on defense -- due to the knee injury and surgery, some schools might not want to take a chance on him. But Vick is aware of that.

"I only played half a season, so maybe I have to play this entire season to show what I can do,'' Vick said. "But it's also why I'm going to these combines. I want to show people that I'm healthy now. Everything's good, and I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to having a good senior season.''

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