The number of Division I college football players from Kittanning High School have been few and far between. But it looks like Nick Bowers will be on the short list.
Bowers is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior who was a standout split end and linebacker for the Wildcats. He was recently offered a scholarship by Pitt to play tight end.
"We were kind of holding his highlight tape to send out to colleges in mid-January," Kittanning coach Frank Fabian said. "We were actually kind of shocked when the scholarship offer came in, but we're happy, too."
Kittanning uses a spread offense and Bowers caught 53 passes this season for 846 yards and also played some at quarterback in the wildcat formation. He certainly has Division I size.
"He moves reasonably well for his size," Fabian said. "Pitt was the only camp he went to last year and that's where the interest started. I've been a small-school high school football coach my whole career. I'm new to this Division I college thing, so I really can't say one way or another how many other teams will get interested. We'll see."
* Indiana defensive end Darrious Carter (6-5, 200) backed out of a verbal commitment to Temple and has decided he will attend the University of Virginia.
When Carter committed to Temple this summer, he didn't have a scholarship offer from Virginia. But the Cavaliers eventually offered and Carter visited Virginia in mid-December. Carter spent part of his childhood in Portsmouth, Va., before moving out of the state after the fourth grade.
* Gateway's Montae Nicholson will play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday in San Antonio. The game includes top players from around the country and will be televised live by NBC at noon.
Nicholson is the only WPIAL player in the game.