Mitch Marincov, another class of 2010 prospect was back for his second day of camp and once again he was very impressive. The Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek signal caller will be one to watch next season. Tyler Smith (Wilson (Pa.) West Lawn) has been dubbed by many as the best quarterback prospect in eastern Pennsylvania. He is good, but is nowhere near the overall package that Jones is. Nate Daniels (Reading (Pa.) Muhlenburg was also back for a second day and he was very steady and consistent. He may not have the arm strength to be a D-I guy, but he would be a steal for a D-IAA or D-II team. Jonathan Perry from Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar showed up and worked out during the morning session. Perry is raw, but he has a big time arm.
It's hard to evaluate running backs with Tavon Austin in the house. He does so many things that no one else can do that your eyes become infatuated with him. The Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar four-star prospect worked out in the morning and put on a clinic. What was even more impressive about Austin is when running backs coach Dave Walker ask for two volunteers to go grab a bunch of shields Austin was the first to jump. Normally, you see a star player at a camp and he sits back and acts like it. Not Austin, the kid is the consummate team player. During blocking drills, Franklin (Md.) standout Carl Fleming was having his way with everyone. Walker then asked "Do I have anyone who can block this kid?" Austin without hestitation takes all of his 5-foot-7, 170-pound body up to Fleming and says "Let's do it" the helmet less Austin stuck his nose right in there and blew Fleming back, but Fleming recovered and made the play. You could see that all the players gained a new respect for Tavon on Saturday. He also took an unofficial while at UPMC and he came away impressed as he told us Pitt would likely be one of his five official visits.
Carlton Koonce from Rancocas Valley (N.J.) is another small back in a year that seems over run by the little scatback types. Koonce showed outstanding quickness and cutting ability. He'll be an interesting player to watch this season.
The wide receiver position was noticeably better on day two, mostly because of Andrew Carswell another class of 2010 star. The youngster who is Jones' teammate at Sto-Rox checked in at 6-foot-4 and 200-pounds. Like Jones he also has an early Pitt offer and favors the Panthers. He and Jones want to go to school together and like Jones may make an early decision. Carswell could not be stopped, by anyone. He already has a college body and should wreak havoc on WPIAL foes this season. Devin Street (Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty came out of nowhere and stole the show on Saturday. He checked in at an impressive 6-3.5/185 and ran a 4.5 on the slow indoor surface, but that is not where Street did the most damage. That came during one-on-ones where the smooth, long legged glider was unstoppable. Street just made everything look ridiculously easy. Pitt has offered him and so have Temple, Akron, and Eastern Michigan. The Panthers could get an absolute steal. Matt Plautz is a great kid with the heart of a lion. When you search for kids that you'd love to have in your program this is him. The kid is non-stop, yes sir, no sir type of a kid. He is not the biggest or the fastest guy on the field, but he just continuously makes plays and will never be outworked. Dontae Brown from nearby Penn Hills also showed some flashes, but his lack of straight line speed may hurt him and keep some schools from offering.
Sean Farr worked out from Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar. This was the first time we got a chance to see him in person. He is very raw, but he can do some things that impress you. He gets good separation and has very good hands. The smallest player we saw all weekend had to be Rashad "Lucky" Kenney from Aliquippa. Lucky is 5-foot-4 and 124 pounds, and the kid can fly. He is a class of 2010 prospect. It is a treat watching him run a fade route, because once he is by you forget about it.
It seems as though all of the good offensive linemen came to camp on Saturday. Sunday's group was not very good in comparison. Fernando Diaz was impressive though. The talented interior lineman from Bronx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes more than held his own. He also ran an impressive 5.18 in the 40-yard dash, during strength coach Buddy Morris' training session on proper running techniques.
The tight end position was noticeably better on Sunday with a handful of promising prospects on hand. Chris Parthemore from Cedar Cliff looked solid. He has a nice frame and seems to have soft hands. He impressed everyone with his speed and athleticism. Steve Marck from Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury had a solid day. He has trimmed down and really looks good. Marck and Parthemore looked to be the top two prospects at the position. Here is one to keep an eye on Ben Koyack from Oil City. He is impressive at 6-4.5/217, but what's more impressive is that he is only 15 years old. He just finished his freshman year and will be one to watch in the class of 2011. He is very smooth and athletic for a kid his age.
The defensive line was also thin when compared to Saturday's session. Big Juantez Hollins was in the house though. The 6-4, 265 pound Quip really looks a lot leaner this season. He informed that he has recently been offered by Marshall. Pitt fans all remember Jimbo Covert. The former All-Everything offensive lineman was in attendance on Sunday as he watched his son Scott Covert take part in the camp. The young Covert didn't disappoint as he ripped off a 4.71 in the 40-yard dash and showed great explosion and athleticism in the drills. Gary Gilliam is an intriguing prospect. The Hershey (Pa.) Milton Hershey giant at 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds worked out as a defensive lineman in the morning and as a tight end in the afternoon. He holds a handful of offers. Gilliam wears a size 17 shoe and looks like he could grow into an offensive tackle. Jack Lowney from Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll is another player like Matt Plautz who doesn't say a word, but works his tail off. He should pick up some more interest as the summer goes on.
As soon as Dan Mason (Penn Hills) walked through the doors of the UPMC indoor facility you knew he'd be the best linebacker and everyone else was fighting for second place. Mason had his second straight impressive day and really seemed to bond with Pitt linebacker coach Joe Tumpkin. Nick Forbes is a class of 2010 prospect from Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson that we saw earlier this spring at a 7 on 7 in Akron. Forbes was impressive then and he is even better looking now. Forbes is jacked and has amazing feet and lateral movement for an underclassman. He will have his pick of offers to choose from next year including one from the Panthers. Dan Molls from Parma (Ohio) Padua Fransican had a solid day. His lack of size may prohibit some bigger schools from taking a chance on him, but he gets it done. Matt Faiella from Freehold Township (N.J.) had an impressive day at middle linebacker. He currently holds a few MAC offers. He has a brother who plays at Maryland. Nick Sizemore from Lancaster (Pa.) Manheim Township had a strong showing. His problem has nothing to do with how good of a football player he is, because he is outstanding. He is not a sprinter and he doesn't run great 40-yard dashes. I'd take him on my team, because the kid can play.
Carl Fleming from Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin caught everyone's eye as soon as he walked through the doors. He is built like Elijah Fields and plays pretty similar as well. Fleming played some defensive back and some running back and he was one of the best players at the camp at both positions. He is another player who came out of nowhere and thrust himself into the national spotlight. Two more players that we saw for the first time this year were James Young from Monroe Woodbury (N.Y.) and Jason Hendricks from Hudson Catholic (N.J.). Both are nice sized corners who can flat out cover. My guess is both end up with D-I offers before all is said and done. Darlos James from Iona Prep (N.Y.) also had a very solid day in coverage.
Stay logged on to Pantherdigest.com as we will have player breakdowns, video interviews and photos from the camp all this week.