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Pitt Junior Day Previews: Raymond Falcone



Eric Kasperowicz and the Pine-Richland Rams have had one of the top offenses in the WPIAL over the last couple seasons.

Of course, junior quarterback Phil Jurkovec is a big reason for that but so are some of his talented wide receivers. Raymond Falcone is one of wideouts and last night the Pitt Panthers acknowledged his talent.

“Coach Harley followed me on Twitter last week and last night he messaged me and asked me what I was doing and if I wanted to come down Saturday for Junior Day and also invited me to the Pitt/North Carolina game later this year,” said Falcone.

Courtesy of Raymond Falcone

“I was very excited about it. I’ve been down to Pitt throughout the season for games and it was fun doing that. I was very excited about getting the invite to come down for Junior Day to check out the facility, which is something I haven’t done yet which will be a cool experience.”

Falcone (6-foot-1-inch, 185 pounds) tells me that Pitt is recruiting him as a wide receiver and that Pitt followed him last season when he caught 65 passes for 1,391 yards and 14 TDs.

The junior wideout realizes that unlike some of the other bigger name recruits, he’s going to need to be patient and continue to try to make an impression on these bigger program in order to earn a scholarship.

“It’s definitely both an exciting and nervous time but it’s a good opportunity to go out and prove myself since I don’t have any offers yet. I have to go out there and keep working hard. I’ve been going to a personal trainer 4 times a week, working on my strength and speed,” said Falcone.

Two things that Falcone has going for him is the ability to consult with his head coach, who’s a former Division athlete. Also, the extra eye balls that will be watching him because of his Notre Dame bound quarterback.

“It will help a lot. Phil brings a bunch of attention to Pine-Richland football. We had coaches come in two weeks ago that said I remember you from spring practice last year when we came to watch Phil. The effect has already happened.”

“Coach K and I have had some really good conversations about the recruiting process. He just said keep your mind open to any and all schools. Make sure you take your visits and find out not just about the athletics but the academics as well. Those are as important if not more important to where you want to go,” said Falcone.

Regardless of what happens down the road, Falcone is going to enjoy this Saturday when he checks out his hometown school.

“I want to see the facilities, the weight room, where you’d be spending a lot of your time if you end up going there. Also, I want to see the classrooms. Before I go, I want to talk with (former Pine-Richland player and current Pitt quarterback) Ben DiNucci. He’ll be able to help me out with things because he has the real experience with it.”

All the best to Raymond Falcone with his upcoming visit to Pitt.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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