More evidence came in on Friday that points to the overall strength of the WPIAL’s Class of 2021 as another one of its players earned a Power Five offer.
Upper St. Clair junior wide receiver David Pantelis found out Friday that he’d received an offer from Wake Forest, which is his first Power Five offer.
Pantelis becomes the 11th WPIAL player in the Class of 2021 to receive an offer from a Power 5 program, joining Derrick Davis, Khalil Dinkins, Elliot Donald, Dorien Ford, Aaron Gunn, Stephon Hall, Josh Hough, Nahki Johnson, Donovan McMillon and Chamor Price.
”This is definitely a great day and I’m very excited to see what happens in the next few days and months in terms of my recruiting but I’m definitely very excited,” Pantelis told Pittsburgh Sports Now after receiving the news on Friday.
Prior to the news from Wake Forest, Pantelis held offers from Columbia, Dartmouth ,Duquesne, Fordham, Harvard, Lehigh and Penn, so the offer from an ACC program caught him a bit off-guard.
“Honestly, I’ve never really been caught up with having offers from those type of schools,” said Pantelis. “I was just trying to gain a better understanding of football and concentrating on my academics so that if the opportunity presented itself, I’d be ok to get into certain colleges. I honestly appreciated and felt blessed at receiving any offers but this offer today did honestly surprise me.”
It’s interesting that Pantelis officially received the offer on Friday. The process started on Thursday when he received a phone call from the Wake Forest coaching staff.
“They called me in the morning and told me that they evaluated my film and asked if I could do a couple of other things on tape,” Pantelis said. “I ended up going down to the field to work out and ended up sending them the film. They then called me later to let me now that I had a scholarship offer from them.
“They wanted to see how I moved around. Watching my film, they knew that I could play football but they wanted to get more information and video of me, like my technique running routes. It just helped them better evaluate me as a player.
As a player, Pantelis said that he excels in getting off the line of scrimmage, his football running route, maintaining speed throughout his routes and tracks down the ball really well.
Like all recruits, Pantelis’ process remains in something of a holding pattern thanks to the travel and gathering restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wake Forest will certainly be near the top of his list of places to visit when he is again permitted to travel.
“Once I’m able to start making recruiting visits, I definitely plan on going down to Wake Forest for sure and I’m think I’m heading up to Yale,” Pantelis said. “I think personally getting a look at schools allows you to find out more about the school and what it provides.”