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August 14, 2010The primary job for a college head coach is to recruit your own backyard. Keep the local kids local, and then fill in with out of state prospects. University of Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt is taking it to a whole new level. Wannstedt secured a commitment from Clairton defensive end Desimon Green over the weekend, making him the sixth Pennsylvania prep player to commit to the Panthers for 2011. The Panthers have fifteen overall commitments for 2011.
Green's decision came with a little bit of intrigue and a brief frantic moment for former teammate and current Pitt freshman DE Kevin Witherspoon.
"I called the coaches and nobody answered, so I called Kevin and he was running around the building to find somebody to tell," said Green, according to PantherLair.com's Chris Peak. "Finally he found Coach Gattuso and Coach Wannstedt and I was able to tell them. But I guess I committed to Kevin first."
Peak reported that Green was seriously considering an offer from Texas Tech - with Green saying that until recently, the Red Raiders were the leaders - and was planning a September visit to the school. But Greek spoke with his mother about staying closer to home, spoke with Pitt professors, and then sat down and watched a highlight tape of last season.
"I was watching highlight tape of the season and I got chills," Green told Peak. "Coach (Greg) Gattuso told me, whenever I get the chills, I'll know that's where I want to go."
For more on Green's commitment, check out Peak's coverage at PantherLair.com.
St. Joseph's Prep has approved the transfer of junior running back/return specialist Desmon Peoples to Archbishop Wood. The Doylestown Intelligencer reported that Archbishop Wood athletic director Joe Sette confirmed that Peoples was enrolled in the school and that St. Joseph's had sent all required documentation to the school under PIAA guidelines. The approval had been delayed until representatives of both schools could meet to discuss whether the transfer was a good idea. It will be Peoples' third school in three years. Peoples scored 15 touchdowns for St. Joseph's Prep as a sophomore and likely will be a major contributor to an already talented Archbishop Wood squad as a junior.
MANHEIM CENTRAL SENIOR KILLED IN CAR WRECK
Just days before training camp was set to begin, the Manheim Central football team is in mourning after a car accident claimed the life of senior running back and linebacker Evan Heiser. The 18-year old died from injuries suffered when his car crashed into a house sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning in Rapho Township. According to Lancaster area media reports, there is no information on when the crash actually occurred or why. A local resident discovered the crash early Friday morning. The Manheim Central team was scheduled to meet Sunday night and supply counselors at the school.
Pottstown's Evan Bauer, a 2010 graduate who played linebacker and offensive line for the school, will play for St. Francis (Pa.) in college. Bauer joined the Red Flash over the summer. St. Francis, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision school, was 0-11 last year in the Northeast Conference...Whitehall quarterback Chris Polony, rated 14th best prospect in the class of 2011 in Pennsylvania, has committed to Villanova. The 6'3, 200 pound prospect had interest from several FBS schools but ultimately decided to go to Villanova...Riverside (Taylor, Pa.) linebacker/H-back Nick Rossi decided that he loved playing on offense too much to pass up an offer from Akron. Rossi committed to the Zips this week as an H-back; they were the only school to offer him a chance to play on offense. The two-star recruit had gained primary interest as a linebacker.
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