Panthers land another Quips standout

Everyone thought University of Pittsburgh football coach Walt Harris has coached his best season yet, his 8th as the head man in charge for the Panthers. Walt's actions off the field have proven very valuable as well. On Monday it was Harris who convinced a local product to stay home.

Aliquippa (Pa.) safety/wide receiver Tommie Campbell (6-3, 195, 4.4) became the 13th member of the Panthers class of 2005, as he gave Walt Harris his verbal commitment recently. The ironic thing is, Campbell thought he might have to look elsewhere.

"My teammates were saying I'll grow into a DE or an OLB, I really didn't like that," said Campbell "Coach Harris said I'll come in as a safety and a wide receiver and whichever I'm best at during camp that's where I'll be."

That was good enough for Tommie as he gave Walt Harris his verbal pledge. Campbell was recently named 1st Team All-Conference (Midwestern Athletic Conference) as a tight end and a safety. Campbell was also selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Fabulous 22" team.

Campbell finished his senior season with 94 tackles on defense, a school record 99-yard punt return for a touchdown. On offense Campbell caught 26 passes, for 252 yards, he totaled 11 touchdowns.

Campbell is a state champion track and field performer for the Quips, he also is a member of the Aliquippa basketball team. will have more with Tommie Campbell on his verbal commitment this evening.

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