Pitt Prospects Camp Day 2

The action picked up considerably for the second day at the University of Pittsburgh's football Prospects Camp Saturday at the UPMC Sports Complex.

There were a lot of big men that Pittsburgh was interested in, and their performances might have earned a few scholarship offers. The Panthers have offered just one lineman, Thomas Jefferson, Pa. High School standout Lucas Nix (6-foot-5, 280 pounds), but several more will be needed for next year's class.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all of you,'' Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt told the large group that included 200 pre-registered athletes, as well as another 30 or so walk-ins and 49 players from Miramar High School in Southern Florida. The group flew in Friday night to attend.

Among the more well-known players in Day 2 were running back-defensive back Averin Collier from Churchville-Chili HS in Churchville, N.Y., wideout Marcus Sales from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. and Chris Hayden-Martin from Greensburg, Pa. Central Catholic HS. The large linemen group included Mike Farrell from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., Travis Poston from Hatboro-Horsham HS, Hatboro, Pa., Tim German from Licking Valley, Ohio HS, Andrew Kowicki from Normandy HS in Ohio and Nicholas Speller from Edmondson Westside HS in Baltimore, Md.

The only player expected to be there who never made it was Vaughn Carraway from Muhlenberg, Pa. High School. The four-star wideout reportedly had car trouble and couldn't make it. His cousin, former Pitt safety Sam Bryant was helping out with the workouts and was not sure what happened to Carraway.

Averin Collier spent the weekend with his big brother, Pitt sophomore running back Kevin Collier. The elder Collier appeared to be much more solid than the 5-11, 180 pounds he was listed at last fall. Another Pitt player who also was bulked up was safety Lowell Robinson. The senior said he was a solid 200 pounds, but his shoulders and chest looked much bigger. Robinson expected big things from the Panthers secondary this season.

The same coaches were in attendance. That group included Mark Carney from Richmond, Bret Colbert from St. Vincent, Paul Tortorella from IUP, Frank Forcucci from Fordham, Lyle Hemphill from Hofstra, Mark Costello from Lebanon Valley, Bob Shoop from William and Mary, Joel Dilinski from Seton Hill, Pa., Ryan Edsdale from Duquesne, Dave Durish from Clarion, Mike Neuberger from Dayton, Josh Haymore from James Madison, Dan Fodrocy from Grand Valley State, Todd Gibson from Grove City, Scott Farison from Robert Morris, Rick Shepas from Waynesburg, Mark Matlak from Allegheny and Jerry Olsavsky from Youngstown State, along with Pitt coaches Matt Cavanaugh, Aubrey Hill, Chris Ball, Jeff Hafley, Paul Dunn, David Walker, Brian Angelichio, Paul Rhoads, Charlie Patridge and Greg Gattuso.

All the players went through two practice sessions on the outdoor fields at their respective positions and competed against the other players as well.

Pitt will also hold individual camps from Sunday through Tuesday, and the ever-popular 7-on-7 Team Passing Camp are next Saturday and Sunday with the Big Man Challenge just on Saturday.

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