HS Hopefuls To Attend Pitt Camp

The Pitt football team has just one verbal commitment, but if history is an indication more should quickly follow.

The Panthers had two early verbals last year, Johnstown, Pa. cornerback Antwuan Reed and Wilmington, Pa. running back Chris Burns, but two were picked up after offers were extended in the annual Prospects Camp and more followed after the Passing Camp.

Pittsburgh will hold its Specialists Camp Thursday and Prospects Camp Friday and Saturday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m., for high school athletes grades 9-12. Generally, players already with offers from Pitt won't attend these camps, but players looking to make a name for themselves and secure offers are expected to attend.

The Panthers had about 50 walk-ups at last year's two-day event and expect about 200 players to attend each day. Included in that group are a number of linemen who could play either offense or defense in college.

Pitt offered Hopewell, Pa. offensive tackle Ryan Turnley and cornerback Ronald Hobby from Gwynn Park HS in Brandywine, Md. last year, and they quickly committed. The same with Fla. cornerback Buddy Jackson from Cypress Bay HS in Weston, Fla. two years ago.

"As long as I'm coaching at Pitt, there won't be a time when we recruit more offensive linemen than defensive linemen,'' fourth-year coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We like to recruit defensive guys and move them to offense.

"If they're athletic enough to do that like we did with Jason Pinkston and John Malecki. I'll take players like that any day of the week and figure out what to do with them once they get to camp with us or in the spring.''

Since Pitt only has 14 seniors under scholarship on his roster for the fall, the Panthers probably won't sign more than 16 recruits in 2009. Some linemen who could be part of that class if they get offers this weekend are Adam Gress from West Mifflin, Pa. High School; Pat Eger from Thomas Jefferson HS in Jefferson Hills, Pa.; Adam Citko from Archbishop Wood in Warminster, Pa.; Dave Wetzel from Brashear HS in Pittsburgh; and Serafino Caliguire from Montour HS in suburban Pittsburgh.

Some other players expected to attend this camp are quarterback Paul Jones and wideout Andrew Carswell from Sto-Rox HS in McKees Rocks, Pa.; Pitt linebacker Adam Gunn's brother, Bret Gunn from Kiski HS in Vandergrift, Pa. and running back Monte Ashby from East Allegheny HS in North Versailles, Pa.

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