Pat Narduzzi and his defensive staff wants speed, speed, and more speed, and today he added more of it when 6'2" 205 pound linebacker Saleem Brightwell of Paramus Catholic HS in Paramus, NJ committed to the Panthers. Brightwell visited the campus this weekend. Like Anthony McKee, another linebacker that committed a few days ago, Brightwell is fast and athletic, and both could see time immediately as freshman. Another linebacker that visited as the same time as Brightwell this weekend, Adrienne Talan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, did not commit, but it's believed that the Panthers have a good shot of landing him eventually. The former Oregon State commit is visiting Temple next week. As for Brightwell, his offer list also included Miami, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Duke, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Boston College, and Iowa.
Brightwell is the second player who visited this week that committed, the other being 6'3" 250 pound defensive end Allen Edwards of Dean JC in Franklin, MA. The three players that visited, but did not commit yet, are 6'3" 195 pound quarterback Ben DiNucci of Pine-Richland HS in Gibsonia, PA, 6'5" 280 pound offensive lineman Zach Hoyt of Salem (VA) HS, and 6'1" 195 pound wide receiver Gentry Ivery of Mansfield (TX) Legacy HS. There's a good chance that all three could end up committing to the Panthers soon.