Vick Well On His Way Back

Josh Vick moved back and forth in the pocket with a purpose and relative ease, no matter that there wasn't a pass rush, running availability or even contact during the University of Pittsburgh's annual Passing Camp last weekend.

Josh Vick represented his high school, Kiski Area from Vandergrift, Pa., in the two-day, 40-team event. And the strong-armed quarterback led the Cavaliers to seven straight wins before they went 1-2 and were eliminated. Vick's performance was sharp throughout Kiski's games, and his purpose was to show that he was nearly completely recovered from a seriously leg injury after four games last season.

Even though Kiski didn't make the final game, Vick's effort didn't go unnoticed, as Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh watched Vick intently for quite a few games during the event and appeared to be satisfied that the nearly 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback was ready for his senior season. And once he gets a few games under his belt an offer could be forthcoming from the Panthers and maybe other schools as well.

"Coach Cav's been around for a while, and hopefully he likes what he saw from me,'' Vick said. "I have an offer from Akron, and that's it so far. But other teams, like Pitt, said they want to see some game tapes. And then make a decision off that. I also have a couple more camps to go to.''

Vick has plans to go to Penn State soon, and he also had trips to USC, Northwestern, Ohio University, Akron and Toledo.

"I made my rounds and got out there and got seen by a lot of people,'' Vick said. "But I'm also thankful that I have a senior season remaining to be able to prove myself again, and that's what I have to do. I've got to perform well, and if I can do that everything will take care of itself.''

Vick has a chance to put up some big numbers early, as the offense has several talented players, and an explosive Kiski team is expected to have a successful season. Pitt has already offered Zack Stoudt from Dublin, Ohio Coffman High School and Terrelle Pryor from Jeanette, Pa.

But Vick's relationship to Cavanaugh could lead to an offer as well.

"Coach Cav's a great guy, and I feel real comfortable around him,'' Vick said. "The whole staff makes you feel at home. It's a great place to play football. They've got a lot of good things going on right now (in recruiting), and it's definitely a great opportunity for any player who comes here.

"We have the McKillop brothers and Adam Gunn from Kiski at Pitt, so that's nice to see guys from my high school performing at a D-I level. And that's the dream. They're living it, and they're good role models. I hope I get a chance to come here and be on the same team with them.''

If Vick moves as well during his games this fall like he did last week, there's a chance that he could get that opportunity.

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