Panthers offer third legacy

The Panthers have already offered over a dozen players this year, and one unique thing has materialized in Pittsburgh's plans. Quite simply, they plan to keep it in the family. Burrell (PA) HS OT John Brown, whose father of the same name played at Pitt in the 80's, became Pitt's first verbal last week. The son of another former player in the 80's, John Pelusi of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, who also shares his father's name, was offered a few weeks ago.

Now, it's time to move on to the brothers of legacies, apparently.

Zack Anderson of Interboro HS in Prospect Park, PA has been offered a scholarship by Pittsburgh. Anderson is the brother of former Pittsburgh offensive guard Bryan Anderson, who graduated from the university in 2003. Bryan currently plays for the Chicago Bears.

The Panthers are one of three teams to offer Anderson thus far, joining both Purdue and Virginia. Michigan, Maryland, and West Virginia have also recruited Anderson hard.

Anderson, who plays left tackle for Interboro, has all the tools to be an excellent lineman on the next level, too. Blessed with great wingspan at 6'6" 250 pounds, Anderson also boasts very good 5.0 speed and the strength to have a 340 pound bench press and a 400 pound squat. But, according to Interboro coach Steve Lennox, Anderson hasn't even started.

"Just like his brother, Zack is a beast," said Lennox. "Bryan comes here and works out with my players and the kids are in awe. He is so strong and he is teaching Zack to be the same way. Zack has a great build and he can put on 50 pounds or more easily. The kid is going to be special. His brother is working with him to make him even stronger."

Anderson says that his brother will not tell him to go to Pitt like he did, and hasn't even mentioned yet, but Pitt, along with Purdue and Virginia are his early favorites.

A date at Pitt looms on April 3rd for Anderson as he has been invited for their Junior Day that is reserved for blue chip prospects.

And what does Anderson think about following his brother to Pitt? While he won't decide until he explores all of his options, he definitely likes the idea.

"I would love to play for them," said Anderson.

And Pitt, no doubt, would love it, too. It would move them one legacy closer to their goal of three.

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