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Saturday, June 25, 2011

When opposing coaches praise Johnstown High School linebacker Alkwan Williams for his blitzing ability, his coach, Tony Penna Jr., just smiles.

"It looks like he is blitzing (because) he is in there so fast," Penna said. "He just explodes to the ball."

Williams, who has been timed in the 40-yard dash between 4.7 and 4.8 seconds, said Friday he will take his speed and quickness to Pitt, becoming the Panthers' sixth commitment for the Class of 2012.

Williams, a 6-foot, 225-pound senior, will be a fourth-year starter this fall at middle linebacker and receiver. Pitt recruited him as an outside linebacker. Williams said he chose Pitt over Toledo, Kent State and Temple because he wants to remain close to home.

"We have had some great players here, but his game speed is unbelievable," Penna said. "There is really not much Alkwan can't do. He could play defensive tackle if we asked him."

Williams has 250 tackles and 14 sacks in the past two seasons and 25 receptions with seven touchdown catches. Penna said Williams' speed set him apart during his freshman year.

"It's to the point now that he is a man playing among boys," Penna said.

Williams joins defensive backs Marzette Geter of Sto-Rox and William Parks of Germantown; Clairton receiver Trenton Coles; offensive lineman Brandyn Cook of St. Xavier (Ohio); and defensive end Myles Hilliard of Bedford (Ohio) as Class of 2012 recruits.

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