PA running back collects his ninth offer

The University of Pittsburgh and their coaching staff have been very active as of late. They hosted their first Junior Day on Saturday, March 6th, and over 60 recruits attended. Also, several offers were doled out. Among the recipients of the offers were two running backs - LaRod Stephens of Johnstown, PA and Irvan Brown of Central Square, NY.<br><br> A third RB , and the second from western PA, actually received his offer before attending. <br>

According to Head Coach Pat Monroe, 6'0" 200 pound RB Shane Brooks from Duquesne High School was offered by Pittsburgh prior to Junior Day. Currently Brooks has nine offers from division one schools in Pittsburgh, Maryland, West Virginia, Syracuse, Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Connecticut.

Monroe is unsure of his prized pupil's favorites but he assumes Pittsburgh and Maryland are at the top because Brooks attended both school's Junior Day. Brooks was voted Offensive Player of the Year in the WPIAL Eastern Conference Class A, 1st Team all-conference, 2nd Team All-State, McKeesport Daily News All-District 1st team, Pittsburgh Post Gazette South Fabulous 22, and the Tribune Review Terrific 25.

One thing about Brooks that most don't know is that he is not even a student at Duquesne. He actually attends Wilson Christian Academy near West Mifflin. Through a co-operative agreement with the PIAA and the WPIAL, students from the Academy can play sports at Duquesne. The agreement was formerly with South Allegheny High School where Brooks started at RB as a freshman. The co-op was given to a school that bordered West Mifflin School District. It was between Duquesne, Thomas Jefferson, Steel Valley, and West Mifflin. Duquesne was selected as the school where the Wilson Christian Academy students would participate in extra curricular activities. Coach Monroe estimates he has 7 or 8 players from the Academy.

Brooks came to Duquesne in his sophomore season where he was the back up running back to Pittsburgh recruit Windell Brown. Then, as a junior, he took over the reins. Brooks stars on defense where Monroe says his protégé plays NT, DE, and LB. His hands are so good that he holds on extra points, also.

When asked what makes Brooks so good, Monroe says," He is a power back with speed. He has enough speed to make you miss. He has tremendous hands and catches everything thrown at him. When he's playing nose tackle it is a tribute to his conditioning. He gets double teamed all game long and still runs to the ball like he's not even tired. Shane is one of those kids who goes non-stop. His motor is always running and that is what college coaches love about him."

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