Roussos Has Pitt No. 1

Jordan Roussos from Carlynton High School in Carnegie, Pa. stopped by Pitt's Thursday morning practice.

Jordan Roussos, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive lineman, does not have an offer from the University of Pittsburgh. However, the two parties are extremely interested in each other. And Roussos is hopeful that he'll get an offer from the Panthers soon.

"Pitt tells me that they really like me and wanted me to come down to watch practice,'' Roussos said. "But they want to watch more game film on me. They told me to hang in there.

"That's how the college football recruiting process works, and I understand that. I'm from a small school, not like some guys who have offers from all over. (But) things are going well.''

Bowling Green, Army and New Hampshire have offered scholarships to Roussos, but "Pitt is No. 1 and Miami, Ohio, I guess, would be second right now,'' he said.

"Schools mostly are looking at me as a defensive end, but Pitt wants me as a D-tackle, because they think I'll really fill out,'' Roussos added. "I always say I used to be a chubby kid, but I'm real lanky now.''

Roussos finished with 87 tackles, nearly 10 per game, for winless Cougars season. He also is on the Carlynton track and field team, but he doesn't just throw the shot and discuss.

"I run the 100, 200, sometimes the 400, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays,'' Roussos said. "I almost qualified for WPIALs in the shot, and our 4x100 just missed qualifying for the states. And we only lost a few guys, so we should be pretty good this year, too.''

Two more recruiting prospects -- lineman Scott Covert from Lake Forest, Ill. High School and safety Carl Fleming from Franklin High School in Reistertown, Md. -- will be at practice Friday.

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