Three-star offensive lineman Adam Pankey helped his Hamilton (Ohio) Big Blue take down Clayton Northmont by a final of 28-14 on Saturday in the season opener. The 6-5, 290-pound Pankey is also getting work done in his recruitment, lining up two official visits.
"I think I am for sure taking officials to Pittsburgh and NC State as of right now," Pankey reported. "I think the NC State one is Oct. 8 and I am going to Pittsburgh to see the Notre Dame game [Sept. 24]."
Pittsburgh and NC State will be the first schools to host Pankey on an official visit because those are the two programs that stand out the most to the Ohio native at this point in the recruiting process.
Pankey took an unofficial visit to NC State last year and came away impressed with the atmosphere on their campus. His official visit will be his first return trip to Raleigh since that visit.
A visit to Pittsburgh was taken in July and Pankey came away impressed with the Panthers' facilities and the overall sports town feel of the city. He also has a strong bond with several on Pitt's coaching staff.
"I really like the offensive coordinator and my o-line coach, Coach Leftwich and Coach [Calvin] Magee," Pankey said. "They like that I have good feet and can really move. That fits into the kind of offense that they run, and they actually see me playing all four years."
Although Pankey will visit his two favorites early this fall, he does not expect to make his final decision until closer to Signing Day. He may not end up taking all five official visits allotted to him, but could see other schools before committing.
"I am planning on probably taking more visits, but to where I couldn't tell you right now," Pankey said. "I like Illinois still and West Virginia, I like them too."
Pankey is a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 47 player in the state of Ohio. He also holds offers from the likes of Indiana, Louisville, Marshall and Toledo.