Panthers offer one of the country's best

Pittsburgh has been suffering in recent years when it comes to offensive line play, and it may be just be the thing that helps them with maybe the best offensive lineman in the Class of 2005.

Eugene Monroe from Plainfield (NJ) HS was offered a scholarship Thursday by the Panthers. The 6'6" 330 pound prototypical left tackle has now so many offers he can't keep track.

"Twenty-something," said the soft-spoken Monroe. "I don't even know, really."

Monroe says that, despite what he says sometimes, he really has no favorites.

"My favorite list really isn't my favorite list. I don't really have a favorite list. I just say some schools because those are the only ones that I know about so far."

And how does his newest offer fair?

"They sent my offer overnight mail by UPS. And they wrote on the bottom about how I remind them of Orlando Pace. That meant a lot to me. It makes me think they really like me. It was an honor to be compared to somebody like that. It shows that they really want me when they say something like that. I've always liked them before but now I like them even more."

Monroe, who is being recruited for the Panthers by Plainfield native Pete Carmichael, also likes the idea that he can start right away for the Panthers.

"I'm going to have to look at Pitt hard. It might be a good opportunity for me," said Monroe. "I will be calling them next week to talk to them and I will try to get there to see the campus."

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