Panthers offer All-American

With a nickname like Wide Receiver "U", several top WR prospects are interested in Pittsburgh. One more has just been added to the list. He was interested in them before, but since his recent offer recently from the Panthers, his interest level has risen. Pittsburgh is in on some very talented kids. However none possess the combination of sprinter speed and athletic ability of the newest target.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (6-3, 195, 4.38) of McDonough High School (Owings Mills, MD) recently found an offer from the University Of Pittsburgh in his mailbox.

"I knew they were interested but it took me by surprise," said Heyward-Bey.

Darrius currently holds football offers from Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Marshall, Michigan State, Penn State, and Boston College. In 2003, he was named to the All-Conference team and was selected as a member of the Super 22 Team by the Baltimore Touchdown Club. He has taken unofficial trips to Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia.

Will he venture to the "Burgh" anytime soon?

"Me and my mom were talking about that and since they are pretty close we are planning on heading up there in early August to check out the school."

Does the offer put Pittsburgh into your favorites list?

"Yes. I like everyone who has offered. If you offered, you're on the list."

What do you know about the University Of Pittsburgh?

"I know they throw the ball and they've had some big time receivers like Fitzgerald. You can't help but to think about what it would be like for you to be in his position. As for the school, I don't know a lot about it. I know Coach Moses. I want to learn more about them."

Darrius earned All-American honors by placing 6th at the Nike High School Track and Field Championships in Landover, MD. The top 6 in each event earn All-American honors. Darrius was the only junior in the field of sprinters for the 55-meter championship. McDonogh is an independent school so they aren't eligible to compete in the state track meet. They did, however, capture their league championship. His best times this spring were 10.4 in the 100 meters and 21.3 in the 200 meters.

Heyward-Bey is ranked at #44 on East Hot 100 rankings for July. He is also the #4 rated prospect from MD/DC.

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