Walt Harris Football Camp: Running Backs

In a previous article, we profiled the QB's from the Pittsburgh football camp. Now, we view the running backs. With one commitment from Larod Stephens and the two incoming freshmen Rashad Jennings and Brandon Mason, Pittsburgh can afford to be picky and take their time choosing backs this year.

LaRod Stephens (5-9, 170, Greater Johnstown HS, PA) displayed his amazingly quick feet and agility. The Panther commitment was the eye of a lot of fan attention trying to get a glimpse of the "Lightning Quick" kid from Johnstown. This kid has superstar written all over him.

Shane Brooks (6-0, 218, Duquesne HS, PA) is the best of the big backs in the state with over 14 offers. Call us crazy, but we still believe Pitt has a shot with him. We just see him and LaRod coming in like Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber. Great foot speed for a bigger back.

Alex Allen (6-1, 195, Ursuline HS, OH): After watching him for 2-days, we were sold on this kid. He does everything well. Possesses amazing athleticism and vision. He has no offers, but this kid is going to be special. The only knock on him is that sometimes he seems a little stiff from being so muscled up.

Tim Conners (5-10, 175, Glenville HS, OH) is a very versatile player who could be a RB or a DB. Tim was very impressed by Pittsburgh.

Matt Castor (5-10, 190, Linganore HS, MD) is a player. We first saw him at the Nike Combine at Penn State and then at Pitt camp. The only question is, where do you put him? He is a smallish type back and Pitt has Stephens. Someone will get a heckuva player with Castor.

Mario Henry (5-11, 200, Erie Strong Vincent HS, PA) is another victim of low scholarship numbers. In a year with 25 ships, he'd be hard to pass on. Very nice kid, has good speed and is so smooth making his cuts.

Reshaun Tarver (6-0, 185, Beaver Falls, PA) is an under the radar type of kid without any offers. With a solid senior season, he will get some attention.

Junior Tyler Henderson (6-0, 190, Burrell HS, PA): The more we see, the more we like this kid. He reminds us of a cross between Mark Ponko and Seth Hornack. Tyler will definitely be one to watch for next year.

Irvan Brown (6-0, 180, Paul V. Moore HS, NY): Irvan didn't work out. He was in town for the Pitt basketball camp, a great kid with a great family.

FB Chris Bova (5-11, 235, Baldwin HS, PA) is very strong, but a little slow of foot.

FB Derek Shelby (Erie Strong Vincent): Didn't see enough of him to evaluate.


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