“I thought the Panthers played very well over the weekend,” stated Greg Gaskins (6-foot-4 inches, 280 pounds) from William Penn High School in York, PA. “I have been to two games now. I was able to attend the Virginia game and the Toledo game. Pitt looked very good in both match ups. I think they have been impressive.”
Gaskins stood 6-foot-2 inches and weighed 260 pounds his junior year. Shortly after the season, he began to grow. He reached a strapping 6-foot-4 inches and 280 pounds by the begging of summer. His high school coach soon realized he had developed into a legitimate college prospect.
Greg, only 16 years old, attended several camps and quickly received scholarship offers from Pitt and Maryland. He opted to commit to the Panthers after strong overtures from Coach Greg Gattuso and Head Coach Dave Wannstedt.
“Our season is going OK right now,” he said. “We have a 2-3 overall record. We had a really tough loss to Harrisburg High School last week. I’m our starting right tackle and defensive end.”
When asked about his future with the Panthers, he stated, “The coaching staff mostly wants me at center. I realize they are pretty thin at that position and I hope to make an impact.”
“If they need me to step in early and play, I can do that. If I have to redshirt, I have no problems with that as well. I know they have a few guys playing early right now like Joe Thomas. You never know when they are going to call your number.”
Gaskins is currently ranked fourth in his class of 290 students. He’s on course to graduate early and join the Panthers in January. “I want to get to Pitt early and work hard to get myself physically prepared for my freshman season,” said Greg. “I would like to add ten to fifteen pound of muscle push for a position on the two-deep at center. I know their starting center graduates.”
“I’m a strong pass blocker but I know I need to improve on my run blocking. I work on my run blocking technique all of the time.”
“I believe that Coach Wannstedt has the Panthers on the right path. You can see that the team is improving. I can’t wait to get to Pittsburgh and get started.”
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