Big PA lineman gets offered by Panthers

Panther fans have shown their displeasure in recent years in the program's lack of recruiting on the offensive line. Apparently, the Pittsburgh coaches agree. The Panthers have already offered Zack Anderson, Elliot Bates, Kurt Mattes, Jason Kacinko, Kevin Wiggins, and John Brown, who became the first of the linemen offered to verbal to the Panthers.

At Pitt's Junior Blue Chip Day on Saturday the Panthers offered another big lineman. This time it was New Brighton's massive Brandon Richardson. The 6'4" 325 pounder becomes the seventh known offensive linemen to get offered by the Panthers.

"I felt great," says Richardson, who says he was offered in Coach Walt Harris' office. "They told me that they want me as a left tackle and that they need linemen so bad that I could possibly play a lot as a freshman."

Richardson has always preferred defense but says, "If playing offense gets me on the field sooner, I wouldn't mind playing offense. A lot of times you get switched in college anyway."

As for reports that it will be a battle between Pittsburgh and Penn State for his services, Richardson says, "I only said that because they were the only two schools I visited. I would like to stay home, but I am not against going away if it's right for me."

If Richardson does go away to play, he may be going to one of a few stellar programs that are expressing a lot of interest.

"Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, and Wisconsin are really showing a lot of attention now," said Richardson. "Miami sent my coach two blank tapes and asked for film of me. I may go down to Florida State and Miami to visit, as well as Wisconsin."

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