The Pitt Panthers are getting a visitor this weekend from California and it’s sometime with a familiar last name.
Former Steeler great Carnell Lake’s son, Quentin, is making the cross country trip from California to visit Pitt. Lake (6-1, 175) is a cornerback from Santa Ana, California and is excited about this weekend.
“I’m very excited to visit Pitt because I was born there and I’m excited to see the city”, said Lake. “I’m also excited to see my dad and the Pitt coaches and also what the team (Pitt) has to offer.”
Lake is a 3-star cornerback with offers from Nevada, San Jose State and Hawaii. He tells me that Washington State, UCLA, UNLV and Oregon State have been in contact and showing interest. Lake doesn’t have an offer from Pitt but is hoping that changes this weekend.
“Pitt contacted me a while back and have been keeping me updated with mail which was good to see. Even though it’s a long way from home, I’m always ecstatic to hopefully get an opportunity to play ball”, said Lake.
“The coaches from Pitt that I’ve talked to are Coach Salem and Coach Hill. They started talking to me around mid to the end of the winter. They tell me that they like my size at the position I’m playing and my ball skills and physicality.”
That was Pitt’s critique of Lake, how does he describe his game and biggest strength?
“I have a good feel for the game and the biggest thing for me is that I have a good attitude and I’m coachable. On the field, I’m great at both off and press man coverage and I’m a ball hawk.”
As I mentioned earlier, Lake was born in Pittsburgh so this will be a “homecoming” for him. He’ll have to chance for the first time to check out Pitt’s South Side facilities.
“I’ve never been to the Pitt facilities but I’m very excited to see them. Other than when the time I lived there, I’ve visited the city of Pittsburgh like 5 or 6 times.”
Pitt would be an attractive option for Lake for 2 big reasons: 1) would have the chance to play in the same city as his dad 2) he’d have the opportunity to train and practice in the same building as his dad everyday.
“That would be a big factor for me in that he could see me play, and it would be a great opportunity if he’d have time to give me some pointers on the game and use his experience to my advantage.”