CB Flemings Available For Offers

There are a handful of top cornerbacks on Pitt's radar for next year, but the availability of them is dwindling fast.

Corey Brown and Dominic Clarke committed to Ohio State, while Duron Harmon gave a verbal to Rutgers. That leaves Aliquippa, Pa. High School's Terry Patrick and Deonte Flemings from Strong Vincent High in Erie, Pa. as the top choices for Pittsburgh now. Patrick reportedly has some issues with grades, although the Panthers have offered him a scholarship.

Flemings, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder with 4.4 speed, has performed well at Pitt camps. But the Panthers have not yet offered him a scholarship.

"I'm looking at Pitt right now as one of my top schools, so I just want to show them what I can do,'' Flemings said. "They've seen me on tape, but I wanted to give them a chance to see me in person. That's the best way to do it.

"I had some grade problems, but I'm all good now. So, that's why I'm here, and it's why I'm going to these camps. I want to let people know who I am and show them what I can do. I have my grades up now, and I'm ready to go. I'm ready to get some offers from some schools. All I need is for them to come through.''

Flemings is a multiple-threat athlete for Coach Tom Cacchione's Colonels. He had 15 touchdowns for Strong Vincent last fall, including 10 rushing, and he also threw for one score and accounted for more than 1,500 total yards. Flemings also tallied seven interceptions from his spot in the secondary, averaged 14.81 yards per punt return with a long run of 73 yards and 38.40 yards per kickoff return with a long run of 86 yards.

Along with Pitt, Penn State, Georgia and Tennessee are interested in Flemings, as well as the MAC schools.

"The bigger schools want me to play corner, but some smaller ones -- like in the MAC -- they want me to have the ball in my hands because I'm very athletic,'' Flemings said. "But I'll play wherever they want me to play. And I love playing defense, so cornerback would be a good spot for me.

"That's what Pitt wants. They want me to be a corner. Pitt would be perfect for me. It's a city school, and I want to go to a school in the city. Pitt has a nice campus there. I can't wait to come back down here. Hopefully, it'll be for an unofficial visit, and maybe I'll get a scholarship offer, too.''

Flemings' familiarity with the Panthers doesn't just come from his visits as a recruiting prospect. He's been in the area several times with former Strong Vincent teammate Mo Williams, a freshman wideout at Pitt last fall. It was through him that Flemings first started to follow the Panthers.

Williams was suspended for academic reasons and could transfer this year. If he remains at Pitt, he will take a redshirt year.

"Pitt should be one of the best teams in the Big East this year,'' Flemings said. "I think they have a chance to win the Conference title and for years to come. They have a lot of good players. I like Pitt a lot, and I've watched them. ... I know a lot about Pitt from Mo. That's how I fell in love with Pitt.

"I came down here with Mo all the time. And I think you've got to stay close to home for your family, if you can do it. And to be honest, I don't want to go too far away from home, so Pitt would be the perfect place for me.''

And if Flemings can show that his grades are all right, Pitt might just agree with him.

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