The best is yet to come for one Pa. lineman

At this time of the year, colleges look for high school juniors who have the potential to be something special. They look at the player's frame, speed, strength, and other intangibles to see if he has a lot of room to grow. One Pa. star has that growth potential and is planning on reaching every bit of it.

Adam Pritts from Butler (Pa.) High School is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, but that is just his starting point. His weight has been kept down due to wrestling season where Pritts is a star, amassing a 31-4 record in the heavyweight division. Included in the gaudy record is the fact that Pritts had 21 pins as a junior, breaking the school record for the second year in a row. He also had the fastest pin, in eight seconds, on his way to finishing second in his section and fourth in the WPIAL. But Pritts plans on getting bigger for football and has the frame to do it.

"I want to get to 280 by the time the season starts," says Pritts, who will work with a dietician to get there. "I will be eating four times a day and also be working out for an hour and a half a day."

To improve himself even more, Pritts will also attend the F.A.S.T Camp, not far from Butler.

"It stands for footwork agility speed training," said Pritts, who currently runs a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash. "I know a guy that lost two-tenths off his 40 time going there and that's what I want to do, too."

So now you can see why schools like Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Boston College, Tennessee, Syracuse, Maryland, and Wisconsin are currently recruiting Pritts. This 6-5 250-pound lineman with 5.0 speed is working to make himself a 6-5 280-pound lineman with 4.8 speed, and thus moving himself into the elite category. And, oh yeah, he also has a 3.36 grade-point average and arms so long they practically touch the ground.

Pritts says he isn't sure yet if the schools recruiting him want him to be an offensive tackle or a defensive tackle, but he prefers defense.

Pritts has already unofficially visited Ohio State and loved it. "The facilities and campus are top of the line," he said. "The coaches were great and they really care about their players there."

Penn State is also very interested in Pritts according to Butler coach Garry Cathell: "Joe Paterno was in to see Nate Hartung and saw Adam and immediately asked who he was."

Pritts wants to visit Penn State unofficially, too, and has them and Ohio State at the top of his list, followed by Syracuse, Iowa, and Tennessee.

"I'd like to stay relatively close to home. Close enough that I can come home without too much trouble," said Pritts, who has not ruled out the closest program, Pittsburgh.

"I'd definitely consider playing for them. But my mother really wouldn't like me in the city too much," he said. "I haven't heard from them, though."

Coach Cathell says Pittsburgh just recently asked for tape for all three of Butler's Division I prospects. But right now it looks like a two-team race as Pritts would not mind going some place where he knows someone. Former Butler teammate Tyrell Sales is at Penn State and Pritts likes that scenario. But he also feels that current teammate Hartung likes Ohio State a lot, and could see them both wanting to go to Columbus.

Whoever ends up with Pritts is going to get a very good player. And clearly a player that only wants to get better.

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