Weatherspoon Has Pitt Connection

Schools are just starting to find out about Clairton, Pa. High School athlete Kevin Weatherspoon, but they have a lot of work to do to catch his hometown Pitt Panthers in the recruiting race.

A 5-foot-10, 163-pound wideout, Kevin Weatherspoon is being recruited by North Carolina, Maryland, Penn State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Illinois, Virginia, Rutgers and UCLA. However, his only offer is from Pittsburgh, where he visits on a regular basis and already has ties to the football team.

"I sent out a lot of highlight tapes on me, but Pitt is my only offer right now,'' Weatherspoon said. "That's all right, though, because I love Pitt. It's close to home, and everything's great at Pitt. But I really didn't break down my decision or anything like that yet. I'm going to wait to see if I get more offers.

"But Pitt's close to home, and it feels like home to me every time I go down there. I know a lot of the players. (Clairton grad and Pitt redshirt frosh) Manny Williams, I talk to him every day, so that's a good thing. And my family would like it if I went to college close to home, so we'll see what happens.''

Weatherspoon visited Pitt several times during the spring practices, including one at the annual Blue-Gold game last Saturday, and each was a good time.

"And I went to the Connecticut basketball game,'' Weatherspoon said. "That was a lot of fun. It was a great game.''

Weatherspoon excelled at the event at Pitt's practice facility, and he also had a strong performance during New Level Athletics and BadgerSport 7-on-7 passing camp at Ohio State shortly after that.

Allen Trieu, Scout's midwest recruiting analyst, was impressed with "Spoon.''

Kevin has really good hands and a knack for getting open,'' Trieu said. "He showed some long speed too, beating a few guys deep. He does not stand out physically, but it doesn't take long to spot him.

"He always finds open space, he catches everything thrown at him and even showed some ability after the catch. He will be a real pain for opposing coaches at the next level, because he will be a guy who finds a way to get it done and move the chains.''

Bob Lichtenfels, Scout's regional manager, also cited Weatherspoon for his excellent performances.

Spoon made plays all weekend, especially (the final day),'' Lichtenfels said. "We take it for granted in Western Pennsylvania, because we have seen him do these things since he was a freshman, but to see him do it on the big stage is exciting and it shows just how good he really is.

"He's one of those guys who plays a lot faster than he will ever run in a 40-yard dash. His hands are incredible and his ability to get vertical and come down with the ball is off the charts. He runs very good routes and just continues to get better. He should definitely have more than one scholarship offer.''

With the way Weatherspoon has performed so far, that number is certain to grow.

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