Panthers offer and lead for NY RB

The Panthers, in their search for running back help, offered two running backs at Junior Day on Saturday. One, LaRod Stephens of Johnstown, was local. The other is from central NY where he is considered the best in the region and one of the best in the state.

Irvan Brown of Paul V. Moore HS in Central Square, NY rushed for 1,437 yards and 19 TD's as a junior. Considered one of the top 15 players in the state, Brown is 6'0" 190, runs a 4.56 40, benches 260 pounds, and squats 320. He was also named 1st Team All-Central New York.

Junior Day was Brown's third visit to Pittsburgh and he loved every one of them. The first two were for football games last season. The last resulted in a scholarship offer.

"Coach Harris just said that he would like me to be a part of the program," says Brown.

Brown wants to get away from where he is now and his mother agrees.

"My mother is from Virginia and she went to college at USC," said Brown. "She believes that I should get away for college like she did."

The Panthers have a healthy lead for Brown over Syracuse, who has offered, and Penn State, whose coach is believed to offer soon. Brown, who also plays basketball for his high school and has a 3.3 GPA, says that while he may camp at Syracuse, he definitely will camp at Pittsburgh June 18-19. It will be his fourth visit. And why does Brown like Pittsburgh so much?

"The environment," says Brown. "When you come over that bridge and all of a sudden there is this big city there. It's amazing. But then if you want to go to the country it's only five minutes away."

Brown says he would like to commit before his senior season starts. And right now, the Panthers are the team to beat.

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