Ushery Already A Buddy Morris Fan

Dante Ushery is a maniac in the weight room, so when he hears stories about the workouts administered by Pitt strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris the 6-foot-1, 215-pound outside linebacker just nods his head in agreement.

It would appear that Dante Ushery, a senior this fall at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., would fit in just fine with Morris at Pittsburgh.

"I've been working out so much since the season ended that I actually lost some weight,'' Ushery said during his team's recent trip to Pitt's Passing Camp. "But I'll get it back for the season. I can play at about 225 pounds during the season and not lose any speed, so that's what I try to do.''

It's that speed and athleticism, McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter says, that make Ushery an interesting prospect for college's like Pitt.

"He's also very physical,'' Weachter said. "He has great instincts and is terrific on special teams. He does a great job blocking kicks.''

Ushery has had some academic difficulties that have kept schools from offering him a scholarship, but a strong fall season -- athletically and academically -- could quickly change that.

"I'm hoping it'll happen soon,'' Ushery said. "I've been working hard, and I'm trying to show what I can do at different camps and things. So, we'll see what happens. And I want to have a big senior year. We have a lot of talent on our team, so we should be pretty good. I'm looking forward to this season.

"And I'm very interested in Pitt. I think they're one of the best up-and-coming teams in the country this year, and they're getting better every year. With the McDevitt boys leading the way, Shady and A.B. (LeSean McCoy and Aaron Berry), Pitt's going to be real good this season.''

Ushery believed that he would get some touches on offense for the Crusaders this season, most likely as a fullback, the recruiting interest in him primarily is as an outside linebacker.

"I talked to the linebacker coach, Joe Tumpkin, at Pitt,'' Ushery said. "Coach Angelichio is recruiting me, and Coach Wannstedt, I've talked to him a couple times and met him when I came down for a junior day and the passing camp.

"They wanted to see what I could do in person, and they'll probably see me a few games this season. So, hopefully, I'll have a good year and get everything worked out with my academics, and then I'll get an offer from Pitt.''

One can only imagine what will happen after Buddy Morris gets him in the Panthers weight room.

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