Quarterback Pat Bostick from Manheim Township (Pa.) High School, linebacker Max Gruder from Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School, wideout-kick returner Aundre Wright from Perry Traditional Academy High School in Pittsburgh and Milford Academy prep school in New York, defensive tackle Tommy Duhart from Glades Central (Fla.) High School and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, and running back LeSean McCoy from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa. and Milford Academy prep school on their classwork and working out with the Panthers.
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt noted that all the incoming recruits, except for possibly one that already had a family vacation planned, should be enrolled for the second summer session that begins in mid-June.
"It would be an advantage for anybody to be in early, although I don't know about the advantage from just a football standpoint,'' Wannstedt said. "But there's no question that from an academic standpoint, these kids can get in here and take 3-6 credits, get oriented to the campus and the dorms and everything else in that transition, and then they don't have to take as many credits during the year. So, that kind of balances it out a little bit.
"Secondly, we can't do anything from a practice standpoint with the coaches, but they can lift and run. So, the quicker that they get involved in our offseason program with Buddy (Morris), the better off they're going to be. And I guarantee you that guys like Pat Bostick and LeSean McCoy ... they'll be farther ahead that way.
"And those two guys,'' Wannstedt added, "Bostick is competing for the quarterback job. I'm comfortable with Billy Stull and Kevan (Smith), but right now the quarterback job is open. And McCoy probably has the best chance to help us on offense. On defense, the one guy from a maturity standpoint, Tommy Duhart's clock is running as a junior-college guy. Aundre Wright, you can always use special teams, a guy that can run back punts and kickoffs.''
Wannstedt liked to point out that last year's junior-college transfer, left tackle Jeff Otah, was expected to hit the ground running when he arrived. But the transition was slow at first until he got acclimated to school and Pitt's offensive scheme. But Otah did not enroll until August, so a guy like Duhart should come right in and make an impact. He might not start, but he will be high in the rotation as a defensive tackle.
Wannstedt said he could play defensive end, if necessary, but he liked him better right now as a tackle.
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