Pitt's Prospects Camp Day One

Pitt's annual prospects camp opened indoors at the team's practice facility where Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt spoke with the 236 recruits and their families in attendance to set up the day's activities.

Wannstedt told the campers that it was going to be a great day for them at Pittsburgh.

"You're here to learn some new things about playing football and to give yourself an opportunity to go play somewhere else after high school,'' Wannstedt said. "You should be able to learn one or two new techniques to help you improve, and you want to be selfish about this opportunity here.

"That's not usually a word you hear in relation to a good thing, but we want you to be selfish in respect to being concerned with what you can get out of each session today. And you want to make an impact so that you get noticed by some coach here today. And there are a lot of them out here.''

Wannstedt noted that 12 of the 20 players in Pitt's 2009 recruiting class attended the Panthers' prospects camps last year and more than 50 players who attended them moved on to colleges at some level to play football.

Some of the more notable in attendance Friday, the first of three one-day camps (also June 19-20), included wideout Andrew Carswell from Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pa.; cornerback Tre Boston from North Fort Myers HS in Cape Coral, Fla.; linebacker Sam Bergen from East Stroudsburg, Pa. South HS; wideout Dante Chambers (2011) from Miramer, Fla. HS; offensive lineman Austin Heter (2011) from Montour HS in McKees Rocks, Pa.; offensive lineman Micah Lio from Knoch HS in Butler, Pa.; wideout Ivan McCartney from Miramar, Fla. HS; lineman Adam Metz from Lower Dauphin HS in Hummelstown, Pa.; lineman Andre Monroe from St. John HS in Washington, D.C.; cornerback Dayone Nunley from Gateway HS in Monroeville, Pa.; tight end Matt Robinson from Atholton HS in Columbia, Md.; linebacker Delbert Tyler from Gateway HS in Monroeville, Pa.; safety Jawuan Wynn from from Piscataway, N.J. HS; and running back Rushell Shell (2012) from Hopewell, Pa. HS.

The recruits primarily came from schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and the Maryland-D.C. area, but there were some who traveled quite far to be there like running back Jamaal Bass, linebacker Steven Bissett, linebacker Dominic Bryan, linebacker Chris Coleman, linebacker Julian Francis, safety Donald Jackson and safety Keyondrick Lyn from Miramar, Fla. HS; lineman James Harris from Villa Park HS in Orange, Calif.; quarterback Mitch Marincov from Timber Creek HS in Orlando, Fla.; and running back Jordan Sebastian from Hopkins HS in West Haven, Conn.

Several dozen college football coaches helped the Pitt staff with various position work during the day. Wannstedt told the campers to listen to the coaches, because "it's a great opportunity to catch somebody's eye. Two recruits from last year's camp were offered scholarship from college coaches in attendance as they walked off the field at the end of camp.

"You can't do anything about how big you are, and you can't do anything about how fast you are right now,'' Wannstedt added. "But you can control the effort that you give today, and you can control how much you pay attention. So, we want you to go as hard as you can go and learn as much as possible.''

Pitt director of football operations Chris LaSala also talked to kids and addressed the parents.

"Learn as much as possible and meet some people who might be able to help you in your future,'' Lasala said. "Remember that everything you do will make an impression on the people around you, and it's those people you want to impress. So, go out there and give you best effort.''

Wannstedt added that two players from last year's camp received scholarship offers as they walked off the field. Lineman K.K. Smith from Woodland Hills HS in Pittsburgh got an offer from the Panthers in between sessions Friday.

The Panthers will hold overnight camps Sunday through Tuesday. There will be a kicking camp Thursday and another prospects camp June 19-20.

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