Panthers offer another local athlete

The Panthers are in on a few of the nation's elite wide receiver prospects such as Lavar Lobdell, DeSean Jackson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Nyan Boateng, James McDonald, Greg Orton and Jesse Canada. Pittsburgh has also extended an offer to Penn Hills WR David Harvey. Recently, the Panthers offered another Western Pennsylvania product.

Wide Receiver Quinten Odem (6-1, 172, 4.3) Farrell High School attended the annual Walt Harris Football Camp at Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and was offered a scholarship.

"Coach Harris said there's going to be something in the mail for you when you get home. My coach Lou Falconi then called and said my offer was sent to the school," said Odem.

Where does that put Pittsburgh?

"They're in my top 3-4 teams. I just want to see what's out there right now."

During his junior season the fleet footed Steeler ran for 650 yards, had 760 yards receiving, and scored 16 touchdowns. The average yards per touchdown for Odem were an amazing 52.8 yards per play. Odem is a very versatile athlete who plays RB, WR, CB, and he is a very dangerous return man. Coach Falconi compares him to former WPIAL standout and current Michigan Wolverine Steve Breaston.

"If I had to compare his versatility to someone I've seen I'd have to say Steve Breaston, in terms of his ability with a ball in his hands. The kid can score from anywhere on the field," said Falconi.

As a junior, Odem was named to several post-season all-star teams including PA Football News Honorable Mention Class A All-State, 1st Team All-WPIAL Class A, and 1st Team All-Conference (Big 7).

Odem has been getting a lot of interest from Miami, Syracuse, Marshall and Boston College lately. Favorites are Miami, Marshall, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

Falconi and his Farrell Steelers finished the 2003 campaign with a 4-4-1 record. The Steelers return Odem RB Aubrey Chambers and QB Diondre Veneble, and should contend for the conference crown.

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