Citko Looks For More Offers

Adam Citko was among the big offensive linemen on display at Pitt's Prospects Camp last week who needed to impress the Panthers coaches to get a scholarship offer.

Despite a solid performance during Friday's camp, Adam Citko -- as well as the other linemen in attendance for the two-day Pittsburgh event -- did not get an offer. But that didn't dampen is thoughts about the Pitt football program.

"I love Pitt, I really do,'' Adam Citko said. "I love Coach Wise and Coach Angelichio, who's been my recruiting coach, and if I could get an offer from them that would be beautiful. They just want to check out my aggressiveness, footwork and some other things and take it from there.

"I had a pretty good workout for Pitt. I ran well and showed them I could move pretty well for my size. And we've been working pretty hard in the weight room this off-season, so I've put on about 10-15 pounds since last season. We want to win the states this year for my senior season.''

Citko, who is 6-foot-5.5 and 310 pounds, attends Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb. So, it would be an easy drive for his family to get across the state to see him play if he ends up at Pitt.

"It's probably a 5-6-hour drive for me to get here,'' Citko said, "but that's not bad. And a plane ride from Philly is less than an hour, so I would love to get an offer from Pitt and play football for them. The coaches are great. The facilities are great. So, we'll see what happens after this camp.''

Central Florida and Temple were the first schools to make scholarship offers to Citko, but he's holding out for more and doesn't want to make a hasty decision.

"I'm definitely enjoying this time of year, and it's very important to do well here,'' Citko said. "It's important for my future, for me to take my football career to the next level. But there's a lot of good competition out there, especially at this camp, but I'm more than ready for the challenge.''

Citko also visited Notre Dame Monday for a camp and got special attention from Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis. Citko, who was there with four other players, believed he had another solid performance and was hopeful that he would be even better in future camps at Connecticut and West Virginia later this month. He also visited Rutgers before the trip to Pitt.

Other schools showing interest in Citko include Wisconsin, Minnesota and Duke. If Citko gains a few more offers, maybe he'll make an early commitment and then be able to concentrate on playing football for his senior season.

And if Citko gets an offer from Pitt, that decision would be much easier.

Panther Digest Top Stories