Three highly regarded prospects have signed scholarship papers and will enroll at the University of Pittsburgh in January.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook and defensive backs Jordan Whitehead and Malik Henderson will be enrolled at Pitt beginning January 5 and participate in the Panthers' offseason program, including spring drills.
Whitehead, a native of Center, Pa., is a versatile standout at Central Valley High. One of the most coveted prospects in the state, he is expected to play corner at Pitt but also contribute on offense and special teams. Rated one of Pennsylvania's top six overall prospects, Whitehead was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He has led Central Valley to a 10-0 record and the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Hornibrook, a native of Malvern, Pa., is the all-time passing yardage leader at Malvern Prep. He also holds school single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Rated one of Pennsylvania's top 25 prospects, he completed 65% of his passes as a senior. Standing 6-4 and 210 pounds, Hornibrook led his team to the Inter-Academic League championship. He is a National Honor Society member and boasts a 4.0 grade-point average.
Henderson, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback prospect, hails from Hallandale Beach, Fla. He has not given up a touchdown the entire season in helping Hallandale to a 9-1 record and the Florida 6A Playoffs. Henderson is considered one of the top players in talent-rich Broward County. He is also considered a Top 100 player in Florida by 247Sports.
senior defensive end David Durham was highlighted in Sporting News
senior writer Matt Hayes' weekly "1st and 10" column on Wednesday.
Hayes calls Durham one of the "Good Guys" in college football and spotlights
his impressive community service work.
The Good Guys
are still there, lining the horizon as far as you can see when the boat pulls
into Port-au-Prince. Four years after the earthquake, they're still living in
makeshift hovels in Haiti.
because they can't build homes," says Pitt DE David Durham. "It's because all
the lives that were lost when those homes crashed down. They're safer in a
offseason in college football was full of bad news -- double-digit arrest for
sexual assault, the Air Force Academy scandal and alleged academic fraud at
Notre Dame to highlight the lowlights -- it's time we celebrate those who do
things the right way.
the weekly Good Guy Award, where we honor those who, despite the rigors of
playing football and going to school, have the time and desire to give back.
dad played at Ole Miss, his uncle played at Georgia Tech and the common goal
with two generations of Durham men: pay it back. That's why David volunteers at
the greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and why he helps local elementary
school children during its after-care program.
earlier this spring, he hopped on a plane, flew to Haiti and got out of his
comfort zone during a mission trip.
student athletes, have an obligation to give back," Durham said. "We have been
given so much with this opportunity to go to school and play football. I truly
believe we have a duty and responsibility to share that same blessing with
Sophomore running back James Conner and redshirt junior center Artie Rowell were on the Starkey and Mueller Show on Thursday afternoon previewing the upcoming 2014 Pitt football season. If you missed any of the hour-long segment on 93.7 The Fan, we have the entire Pod Cast for you here.
The start of football season is fast approaching - 15 days, to be exact. But before we get to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State, there are a few Pitt events to keep on your radar leading up to gameday at Heinz Field.
Yesterday we brought you a behind-the-scenes look at a shoot with the players and Pitt Panthers Television. Take a peek at how some of the shots turned out. The finished product can be seen this season at home games and on Pitt Panthers Television.
Training camp for football begins today. On Sunday, the team moved into the dorm -- their home for the next two weeks -- and prepared for meetings. Get your start to the 2012 season alongside your Panthers.
We made the two-hour trip to Canton from Pittsburgh today for an opportunity to catch up with former Pitt stars - and 2012 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Chris Doleman and Curtis Martin.