Another TE Prospect

The Pitt football team was a little short-handed at tight end this spring after Darrell Strong left for the NFL and injuries to Nate Byham and John Pelusi, but the Panthers have six on the roster this summer and are looking for more.

One could be Steve Marck, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound prospect from Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. Marck performed for the Pittsburgh coaching staff at a recent camp and looked pretty good.

"I know these camps are a good opportunity for me, so I've been training real hard to get ready for them,'' Marck said. "I have two offers already, but Pittsburgh is a school that I'm very interested in getting an offer from.

"This is a great opportunity for me. And I really want to do well so I can get an offer from Pitt. There are a lot of great players at these camps, so the competition is excellent. But I look forward to that type of challenge.''

Marck holds offers from Syracuse and Buffalo and along with Pitt is hearing from Connecticut, Marshall, North Carolina and Rutgers. Mark, who has run a sub-4.8-second 40-yard dash, isn't the biggest tight ends out there and certainly not the fastest, but he is viewed as a hard worker.

Marck also has good hands and tallied 17 catches for 260 yards and five touchdowns last fall. As a senior at Pennsbury, he'll also play linebacker on defense. Since he plays for a Quad-A school, his teammates rarely play on both sides of the line. But Marck's athleticism make him a prime candidate.

"Definitely, blocking would be my strength right now,'' Marck said. "I feel like I finish my blocks very well, and I work hard at it. Then, I think my hands are strong as well. They like my blocking, but they also like my hands and how I run solid routes.''

Marck noted that while he would like to make a commitment before the season, he'll wait to be certain his choice is the right one. More offers, including one from Pitt, would help that process.

"I know that Pitt's recruiting classes the past 2-3 years have been the best in the Big East,'' Marck said. "They're definitely an up-and-coming team that just missed a bowl by one game last year. And playing in the Big East, it's a great conference. And the location of the school is good.

"They want to build their program around Pennsylvania kids, and since I'm from the state I'd like to be part of Pitt's future.''

Marck added that Pitt is about a five-hour drive from his home, but "it's a really short flight.'' So, it wouldn't be difficult for his friends and family to visit and watch him play football. Other aspects of Pitt were positive as well.

"The school, in general, has a lot to offer academically,'' Marck said. "There's a lot to like about Pitt. The facilities are top-notch, and being connected with the Pittsburgh Steelers is great. The indoor field, outdoor practice fields and Heinz Field, everything is first-class. The atmosphere here is terrific.

"When I was younger, I used to like Michigan, but that was just because my dad liked them. Pitt recruited my brother pretty hard a couple years ago. He was supposed to come out here, but got injured. He ended up committing to Connecticut the next week. So, it didn't work out for my brother with Pitt, but I've always had an interest in them since then.''

Pitt tight ends coach Brian Angelichio recruits Eastern Pennsylvania for the Panthers. He has spearheaded the recruiting efforts for Marck and "keeps in touch with me every week,'' Marck noted. "He's a good guy, and it's great that he's the tight ends coach. That's good for me.''

Marck also is a relative novice at tight end, only moving to the position last year. So, he has a strong up-side.

"I think I have pretty good skills,'' Marck said. "I can catch the ball and block, and I'm starting to get some notice now. I really like playing tight end, and I don't mind blocking. That comes first, and then you can get rewarded for it with some passes.''

And it's possible that all his hard work will be rewarded soon with a scholarship off from Pitt.

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