After taking the weekend off, the Pitt football team returns to the practice field tomorrow morning on the South Side.
Once again, the Panthers will be hosting high school recruits including a player from New Jersey.
2019 running back Anthony Summey (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey will take in practice.
Summey is someone who’s been in contact with Tim Salem for over a year and tells PSN that he’s excited to make his first trip to Pittsburgh.
This morning, we caught up with Summey to get some background on him and on his discussions with Pitt.
“Coach Salem has been coming in seeing me since my sophomore year. This year between January and February, he came to see me twice. He came in, I shook his hand and had good talks with him,” said Summey.
“Then recently, he sent me the teams spring practice schedule. I’ve had good talks with him and my head coach feels like they like me a lot.”
Speaking of liking a lot, Summey has known and has been in communication with Salem for over a year and is really impressed and likes Pitt’s New Jersey recruiter.
“He’s just a great coach and I believe he’s really a great guy. He really has a great personality, every time I see him, he has a smile on his face and I really like him a lot,” said Summey.
As I mentioned earlier, this will be the New Jersey natives first time being in Pittsburgh and visiting Pitt. I asked him if there’s one thing that he’s looking forward to.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the University. I’m aware that it’s in the middle of the city and my high school, St. Peter’s Prep, is just like that. I feel like if I were to go there it would be great because I’m used to the inner city feel. I’m also looking forward to personally meeting all the great coaches at Pitt.”
Unlike some of the backs on Pitt’s roster, Summey is a bit different because of his big six-plus foot frame which is similiar to former Panther great James Conner.
“Of the coaches I’ve talked with, they’ve all says how they like my size and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I believe I’m athletic, can block, have great vision and definitely can run the football. I’m an all-around back and can do more than one thing,” said Summey.
I asked Summey if there’s one thing Pitt says they’re looking for before potentially offering a scholarship?
”They want to see more film and more of my body of work and see how I handle getting the ball a lot.”
Time will tell if that offers comes but we’ll be sure to follow the progress of New Jersey back Anthony Summey.