Pitt Prospects Camp 2

The annual Pitt football prospects camp quickly is becoming among the biggest events for recruits in the tri-state area with more than 700 athletes registered to attend the three one-day sessions for the Panthers.

About 250 recruits were at the Pittsburgh practice facility last week, and some 270 were there Friday despite the threat of poor weather. Well, despite early showers, the campers made it outdoors for the practice portion. There were nearly 200 players already committed to Saturday's final camp.

"We're very proud of the way this camp has grown since we got here,'' Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We had maybe 50 or 60 kids here and not that many coaches, but the past couple years we've had over 200 kids each day and about 50 coaches. And we've had to expand to three days.

"So, this really has turned into an outstanding event for the University of Pittsburgh and the community. It gets a lot of exposure for us, but more importantly it gives the kids a chance to be seen by a lot of coaches in the area. A lot of kids have received college scholarships from these camps, not always D-I, but at least they have an opportunity to play more football.''

These prospects camp aren't generally for the top-level recruits, since they already have extensive scholarship offers, but for some others it gives Pitt and the other college representatives an opportunity to see players in person. Still, there happened to be several big-name recruits at Pitt Friday like three-star quarterback Anthony Gonzalez from Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa.; four-star wideout Shakim Phillips from DePaul Catholic HS in Wayne, N.J.; and four-star defensive end T.J. Clemmings from Paterson, N.J. Catholic HS.

Other recruits of interest at Friday's camp included wideout Ty-Meer Brown from McKeesport, Pa. HS; athlete (QB-CB-P-PK) Cody Crosby from Esenhower HS in Russell, Pa.; 2011 linebacker Connor Crowell from North Point HS in Waldorf, Md.; wideout Ndubisi Ezekoye from John F. Kennedy HS in Silver Spring, Md.; linebacker Jimmy Giansante from Thomas Jefferson HS in Jefferson Hills, Pa.; linebacker Mike Huf from Cardinal O'Hara HS in Drexel Hill, Pa.; running back Marcellus Irving from Garnet Valley HS in Glen Mills, Pa.; 2011 safety Tro Jeter from Aliquippa, Pa. HS; quarterback Rasheem Jones from Aliquippa, Pa. HS; WR-DB Tajh Jones from Africentric School in Columbus, Ohio; offensive lineman Mike Pearson from Ballou HS in Washington, D.C.; linebacker Stanley Pugh from Aliquippa, Pa. HS; tight end Michael Reilly from Old Tappan, N.J. HS; wideout Alonzo Russell from H.D. Woodson HS in Washington, D.C.; 2012 WR-DB Louis Taglianetti (another Taglianetti twin) from Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh; 2011 lineman Trip Thurman from Dover, Del. HS; lineman Matt  Williams from Cardinal O'Hara HS in Glen Mills, Pa. and quarterback Alex Zordich from Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown, Ohio.

Gareef Glashen from Carol City HS in Miami, Fla.; 2011 lineman Robert Hilderbrand from Lee's Summit, Missouri North HS; quarterback Ryan Howard from Vestavia Hills HS in Birmingham, Alabama; TE-LB Robert Huckabee from John T. Hoggard HS in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.; wideout Allen Hurns from Carol City HS in Miami, Fla.; 2011 lineman Dan Kopp from Belvidere, Illinois HS; linebackers Mike Leonard and Martin Maycock from Pace HS in Miami, Fla.; and quarterback Patrick McGain from Coral Gables HS in Miami, Fla.;

The final Pitt prospects camp is Saturday. The Panthers end the recruiting camps portion of their season with the annual team passing event June 27-28 at the practice facility.

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