Panthers offer another Slash-type player

The Slash role became synonymous with Pittsburgh athletics during the Kordell Stewart and Steelers marriage. They also did it with Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El. Now their neighbors across the hall at UPMC appear to be adopting the philosophy. Maybe not with former QBs who can play elsewhere, but the University of Pittsburgh seems very interested in the ‘tweener' type of athlete this spring.

They have been after a bevy of kids who can play RB or the slot WR. They have a verbal commitment from Johnstown star LaRod Stephens and have offered Queito Teasley from Cinco Ranch, Texas, and they have shown an interest in several other's including Blackhawk RB Jeremy Bruce. Apparently they aren't done just yet.

The Panthers have offered Lansdale Catholic (Lansdale, PA) RB R.C. Lagomarsino (5-11, 180, 4.4). R.C. had 244 rushing attempts for 2,052 yards and 24 touchdowns during his junior season. He also caught 18 passes for 452 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the defensive side, he was in on 25 tackles, recovered 5 fumbles and intercepted a pass. He was selected to the 1st Team PA Football News Class AAA, and 1st Team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference.

Lansdale Catholic is coached by legend Jim Algeo, who has been at the helm of the Fighting Crusaders program for 37 years and has compiled a record of 238 wins, 145 losses, and 15 ties, including a 6-5 record last season. Lansdale played in the PIAA Class AAA, but will move down to AA this year due to a dwindling male student enrollment.

R.C. holds offers from Purdue, and Towson State, in addition to his Pittsburgh offer. Pittsburgh will be one of his summer camp destinations along with Purdue, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Virginia. Besides his obvious talents on the field, Lagomarsino is an outstanding student he holds a 4.0 GPA and has scored 1230 on his SATs.

So, what makes R.C. so successful on the field?

"I study the game and I think I'm very knowledgeable. I can cutback. I have good vision. I can break tackles. I feel I am fast enough to out run a lot of defenders," said Lagomarsino.

Who are your favorites right now?

"Purdue, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Virginia, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Virginia."

R.C. bench presses 260 lbs, squats 350 lbs, and has a 32" vertical.

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