Romeus a proud Panther

Greg Romeus

A year ago the University of Pittsburgh ventured to the state of Florida to successfully recruit super sleeper Gus "The Bus" Mustakas. It appears Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff may have added yet another talented defensive end from the state of Florida.

Thursday was a banner day for the University of Pittsburgh. A pair of outstanding defensive prospects, defensive end Greg Romeus (6-ft-5 inches, 225 pounds) from Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs, FL and cornerback Aaron Berry (5-ft-10 inches, 175 pounds) from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA, verbally committed to Pitt.

The PantherDigest.com was able to talk with Greg about his final decision. "I wanted to go to the school that made me feel the most comfortable. I felt that place was Pitt," stated Romeus. "I wanted a school that would be goof for me in the long run. The Panthers were the best fit from an athletic and academic standpoint. It was the best decision for me in the long run."

Romeus visited the Panthers last weekend. He previously committed to Central Florida but recently decided to look into additional opportunities.

Greg initially told the PantherDigest.com he would make a decision over the weekend. A visit from his future position coach seemed to hasten his decision. "Coach (Charlie) Partridge came to my school today. After we finished talking I knew I wanted to go to Pitt. I was leaning towards them anyway," he said. "Coach Partridge is a great guy. I'm going to learn a lot from him. I think he's going to teach me on and off the field. He's going to make me into a better football player and man."

Greg was a virtual unknown prior to the season. A neophyte to the game, he was considered a basketball prospect due to his height and athleticism. Coral Glades High School Head Football Coach Rex Nottage coaxed Romeus into playing football and he improved exponentially throughout the season. He registered 40 tackles, nearly 20 sacks and was named the most valuable player by his teammates.

Romeus has a long frame and he has been compared to the Miami Dolphins Jason Taylor. He runs a 4.6 forty-yard dash and bench presses 280 pounds. Greg was quick to note that he's already preparing for the physicality of Big East football. "I weight 225 pounds right now. I have started working out five times a week and I'm going to be attending speed camps, "he said. "My diet is regimented as well. I want to add lean muscle, not fat."

"Coach Partridge told me that I'll receive playing time if they think I'm good enough next year. The other alternative would be a redshirt. I'm just happy to be a member of Pitt's football team."

Romeus is the third defensive end to join the Panthers' stellar 2006 recruiting class. Defensive ends Justin Hargrove (6-ft-4 inches, 245 pounds) from Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, PA and Tyler Tkach (6-ft-3 inches, 240 pounds) from Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington, PA committed to the Panthers over the summer.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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