Pitt Prospects Camp Day II

The Pitt football team had a strong showing for Day I of its Prospects Camp, but Day II was even stronger with nearly 40 walk-ups and more than 200 recruits overall participating in activities Saturday at the UPMC Sports Complex.

Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt delivered the same message to the players, basically to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them and learn as much as possible from the available coaches at the event.

As the two-day camp neared completion, Wannstedt couldn't have been more pleased with what transpired Friday and Saturday.

"We had a great turnout, well over 400 recruits over the two days, and we saw a lot of really good kids,'' Wannstedt said. "This has gotten bigger every year, and that's something we expect to continue. We made some offers last year and got some commitments, so maybe the same thing can happen this year.

"The coaches we have at Pitt seem to relate to the players very well, which is important, and the other coaches that we've brought in have done a great job. We believe our camps are run very well, and we'll have another big one with our annual team passing camp next weekend (Friday and Saturday).''

Pitt assistant athletic director for football operations Chris LaSala and Panthers strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris also addressed the players.

A strong Saturday player contingent was led by Abdul Smith from Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa., who was in town on an unofficial visit. Despite getting a long-awaited offer from Rutgers, the New Jersey native told Panther Digest that Pitt definitely is in the mix for him. A verbal commitment anywhere isn't likely before the season, but he will weigh all options and probably take all five of his official visits. The appearance at Pitt was the second for Smith since his recruitment began.

Other top recruits at Saturday's camp included Steve Marck from Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa.; Nick Sizemore from Manheim Township HS in Lititz, Pa.; Jordan Roussos from Carlynton HS in Crafton, Pa.; Deonta Flemings from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh; Bret Gunn from Kiski Area HS in Vandergrift, Pa.; Juantez Hollins, Aliquippa, Pa. HS; and juniors Paul Jones and Andrew Carswell from Sto-Rox HS in McKees Rocks, Pa.

In a final note, Saturday's camp could have been called Legacy Day with former Pitt offensive linemen Jimbo Covert and Tom Ricketts in attendance to watch their sons, Scott Covert and Thomas Ricketts, work out for the coaches.

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