Burrell's Brown commits to Panthers

John Brown is a legendary name in Pitt football history. In the 1982 Sugar Bowl, Brown made a gutsy catch from Dan Marino to beat Georgia 24-20. In 2004, Brown's son, John, Jr., will attempt to follow in his father's footsteps as he accepted an offer from the Pitt coaching staff to join them next season.

The younger Brown is much bigger than his father at 6'4" 275 pounds, but the offensive tackle is equally impressive as an athlete, running the 40 in 5.0, benching 280, and squatting 475.

John Brown always considered it a dream to follow in the footsteps of his father, as well as his uncle, John, who played for the Panthers from 1983 to 1986.

Brown, who becomes the first verbal commitment of the recruiting season, has only been offered by Pittsburgh, though he was receiving heavy interest from Ohio State, Iowa, Purdue, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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