2009 Prospect: Nick Sizemore

Manheim Township senior-to-be Nick Sizemore has made a lot of plays at middle linebacker for the Lancaster, Pa.-based high school, but he believes that recruiters only notice that he doesn't have a fast 40-yard dash time.

That didn't seem to matter to the University of Buffalo, which offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Nick Sizemore.

"A lot of schools are looking at me as a linebacker, but my only offer -- from Buffalo -- they want me as a fullback,'' Sizemore said. "So, that's all right. I can play either position. Whatever it takes, I'll do it to get to the next level.''

Pitt's coaching staff has shown some interest with Panthers tight end coach Brian Angelichio handling Eastern Pennsylvania recruiting. Linebackers coach Joe Tumpkin has also joined the recruiting efforts for Pittsburgh.

"And, of course, I've talked to Coach Wannstedt a couple times,'' Sizemore said. "He's a good guy. They all are, and there's a lot to like about Pitt. I've been here so many times already that it feels like I'm part of the program. And I surely wouldn't mind that. Pitt said they'll evaluate me after the camps.

"So, we'll see what happens after a couple weeks. But I like the coaches at Pitt, the facilities, everything, really. Hopefully, I'll get an offer from Pitt sometime soon, but we'll see. I think a lot of college's are too worried about speed and things like that, but if you can play football then you can play football.

"It's not all about speed,'' Sizemore added. "I think I'm a football player. I know how to play the game and what it takes to get it done, but I'm not one of the fastest guys out there. I can run about a 4.8 in the 40 and make plays, a lot of times on guys who are a lot faster, so we'll see if that's good enough.''

Sizemore should found that out in the next couple months.

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