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Harrisburg WR picks Panthers

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Pitt's newest recruit hails from the same high school as LeSean McCoy, and though they play different skill positions, Salath Williams was attracted to the opportunity to star in the Panthers' pro-style offense.

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound receiver from Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt, announced Wednesday his verbal commitment to Pitt. He picked the Panthers over Iowa and Purdue but had 20 scholarship offers, including Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and West Virginia.

"They're going to give me an opportunity to catch a lot of passes," said Williams, who was recruited by Pitt tight ends coach Brian Angelichio. "I'm a playmaker. I'm a deep threat. They can throw it up and I'll go get it."

Williams had 49 receptions for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall despite playing in a spread offense with a pair of Division I prospects in Jeremy Cornelius - who committed to Purdue yesterday - and Aaron Sye.

Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter said Williams has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds, but he believes he has potential to become faster because he was bothered by an ankle injury all season.

"He's very flexible and can adjust his body to the ball in the air really well," Weachter said. "He went to Pitt's 7-on-7 camp last year and kind of dominated. It really opened up Pitt's eyes."

Williams is the Panthers' fifth recruit from the Class of 2010, joining Wilmington linebacker Derrrick Burns, Penn Hills defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Hyattsville (Md.) safety Jeff Knox and Paterson (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman T.J. Clemmings.




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