Coming into last Saturday's camp, Ian Park wasn't worried about anything. He had never been to a prospect camp before, but at the same time, he knew the importance of putting on a good show, to catch the coaches' attention. In this case, he was hoping to impress the Pitt coaches enough, that come September 1 when juniors are allowed to receive official written offers, he would be one of those offers. From the sounds of things, it looks like he will be.
"It was a good camp, I had a lot of fun," Park said. "I'm definitely interested in (Pitt). I did a lot of drills that were real important, working with your feet and your hands. It was a good time. I thought it was important, and I knew I really needed that to get noticed. It turned out okay."
Park's offensive line coach is a former Panther himself, Tim Robbins (1993, 95-96). Park felt he was well-prepared heading into the camp. From there, he tried to pick up as much as possible from offensive line coach Tony Wise, as he could in one day. High school players all over go to one-day camps to better themselves. Park said it's a lot for one day, but it is possible to improve in a short time span.
"(Wise) was really good," Park said. "He's really good. He knows what he's talking about. In such a short time period, we really fit a lot in there. I felt I learned a lot."
Park will go to West Virginia's camp this Monday, followed by a trip to Ohio State's camp later next week. Park's older brother Alex was a 2010 graduate of Upper St. Clair, and is heading to the University of New Hampshire to continue his football career.