Pitt Prospect Camp - Day Two

After the first weekend of Pitt prospect camps, approximately 500 campers worked on the South Side. A large number is expected next weekend as well, but probably not quite at 500. Here are a few of the Day 2 prospects to keep an eye on.

John Matarazzo 6-3, 210 QB New Castle, PA, 2012 If the name sounds familiar, it should. Matarazzo is the son of the former Pitt player of the same name, who played for the Panthers from 1984-87. His coaches have been contacted by Pitt, Penn State and Northwestern, just to name a few. He also works out privately with former Pitt QB Sal Genilla. Matarazzo started for New Castle's varsity team last year as a sophomore, and has a strong arm. He looks like a big pocket passer.

Bre Ford 5-11, 200 RB Bethel Park, PA, 2011 Ford has been a two-year starter for Bethel Park, and helped them to a WPIAL championship as a sophomore. Since Pitt is in pretty good with Savon Huggins and Jameel Poteat, another offer to another running back is unlikely. Ford has an offer from Buffalo, and should get one from Bowling Green in the next week. He also said he's heard from Pitt, West Virginia and Rutgers.

David Perkins 6-2, 200 WR Kalamazoo Central HS, MI, 2012 Perkins was one of the more consistent receivers of the day. He's a smooth route runner with big hands. A 2012 prospect, Perkins has received interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Toledo and Pitt.

Ian Park 6-3, 285 OG Upper St. Clair, PA, 2012 Park will be a junior in the fall, and was one of the top offensive linemen on Saturday. He uses his hands pretty well, and with his leverage, almost looks like he could be a defensive tackle too.

Cody Simcox 6-2, 210 TE Wilson, PA, 2011 Simcox was usually up at the front of the line with the tight ends. He played primarily on defense last season for Wilson, at outside linebacker. He may need a little more size at the tight end position, but was good in traffic making catches.

Luke Shaffer, 5-11, 203 DB South Side Beaver, PA, 2011 Shaffer ran a 4.38 at the Ohio camp last week, and ran a 4.41 Saturday at Pitt. One of his goals for the offseason has been to improve his speed. If he can continue to run these consistent 40 times, he might find himself with an offer from somebody. Shaffer plays primarily running back, but if he's willing to make a position switch as he did Saturday by working out the defensive backs, he opens himself to some more options.

Justin Haser, 6-5, 225 DE North Allegheny, PA 2011 Haser is an impressive-looking figure at 6-5, and has a pretty long reach, which makes him a natural at defensive end. He is also a member of North Allegheny's top-ranked boys volleyball team. Pitt as 11 offers out to defensive ends. He might not get an offer, but was certainly one of the more impressive ones to watch on Saturday.

There were also a couple other prospects in, just for unofficial visits. One was Cody Latimer, a receiver out of Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Ohio, which I believe is near Dayton. Ryan Brumfield out of Pottstown (PA) Owen J. Roberts was also in to check things out.


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