Second trip to Pitt is a charm for Jarvis

The University of Pittsburgh held Junior Day on March 6th. RB Eugene Jarvis, 5-6, 165, 4.44 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Pittsburgh PA, was in attendance as several offers were handed out, but none had his name on it. On April 3rd Jarvis returned to Pittsburgh for Blue Chip Day and he left a happy young man as he had his first scholarship offer.

"Coach Harris and Coach Junko gave me the offer. I was so excited, and relieved that they decided to take a chance on me," said Jarvis.

Eugene Jarvis was 1st Team AP All-State and 1st Team All-Conference. He rushed for 1,683 yards, had another 359 yards receiving, and 39 total touchdowns in 2003. Jarvis is one of a host of small running backs in PA this year. Does being small give him any extra incentive against his foes?

"I play like everyone is trying to hold me down because I'm so small. I try and outdo everyone."

Does this give Pittsburgh a leg up on the competition?

"It helps because they are my first offer, they looked past the size issue and looked at me as a player."

During Eugene's sophomore season he was an understudy to Miami recruit Andrew Johnson, then Johnson transferred to the North Hills School District. Does Eugene ever wonder what would've happened had Johnson stayed at Central?

"We are good friends, we are good players. I think Coach Walker would find a way to get both of us involved in the offense. Things happen for a reason and it's worked out well for the both of us."

Eugene was quick to note that he follows several of the smaller backs in the NFL and college, such as Kansas State star Darren Sproles and former Oklahoma Sooner now Denver Bronco Quentin Griffin.

"Those guys are small, but they get it done, they give us small guys a chance."

Is a commitment coming anytime soon for Jarvis?

"I get a good feeling when I think about playing at home, my family is very happy for me. I am still going to weigh out all of my options before I make a decision."


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