Panther Profile - Joe Trebitz

Over the next few weeks as the Panthers finish up spring practice, the Pantherdigest will be profiling the members of the class of 2008 that will land in Oakland this year. You will read several interesting stories about the future Panthers including West Boca Raton linebacker Joe Trebitz.

In recent times the Pittsburgh Panthers have emphasized recruiting players from South Florida.

The latest such player is linebacker Joe Trebitz, who recorded 115 tackles with 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries for the (8-4) West Boca Raton, Fla. Bulls, who defines the image of a South Florida kid.

Trebitz works as a lifeguard at the Coconut Cover Water Park, where he once saved a life by rescuing a swimmer who had hit his head on the concrete. His hobbies include ocean fishing and he considers 60 degrees to be cold.

So how did the Panthers get Trebitz instead of fellow suitors Florida International and Florida Atlantic?

"My high school head coach, Willie Dodaro, is good friends with Dave Wannstedt," Trebitz said.

"He was born and raised in suburban Pittsburgh and always wanted me to go there and he wants to come up and see me play. His family still lives there and he can see his grandparents."

In fact, Dodaro seems to relish sending his players to Western Pennsylvania as current Robert Morris running back Myles Bernard is a West Boca product and Trebitz' classmate Marquell Bernard will play for the Colonials next season.

"[Coach Dodaro] says [Pittsburgh] is the best city," Trebitz said. "He says the natives are hard workers and they have the best food on earth!"

New Orleans and San Francisco, move over, for Trebitz is sure to love his favorite food, filet mignon, cooked Pittsburgh rare!

Of course, he's a bit wary of the climate. Though he's taken ski vacations to Colorado before, he says "I can take the cold for a week, but living there could be a shock to me. I may have to buy new clothes when I get up there!"

Still, Western Pennsylvania could use more youth moving to the area with positive attitudes and Trebitz looks forward to making the move.

He plans to major in business and minor in criminal justice and is intrigued by the fact an FBI office is located next to UPMC.

"There are lots of opportunities for my future there," Trebitz said. "Oakland looks like a fun place and I can't wait to live there. I've been to basketball games at the Peterson Center and I love the Oakland Zoo. They have a great fan base and people there love their sports."

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