Pittsburgh lands native son

When Dave Wannstedt was officially announced as the new Head Coach at Pittsburgh, he made a resounding commitment to make Pitt a run-oriented team. Wannstedt's statement was enough to convince one of the top running backs in Pennsylvania to stay home.

Duquesne (Pa.) three-star running back Shane Brooks, 5-11 and 220-pounds, committed to Pittsburgh last night.

"I had a great visit at Pittsburgh (12/17), they were always there with me," Brooks said. "I like Wannstedt, I was just waiting for him to talk to me before I made a final decision."

Brooks was actually contemplating a commitment while the Panthers were in Tempe for the Fiesta Bowl; he decided to wait to speak with the new Head Coach.

"I wanted to commit, but I had to get a feel for Wannstedt," Brooks said. "He talked to me, and told me they were in need of running backs.

Brooks had a stellar senior season, running for 1,545 yards and 12 touchdowns, on 222 carries. During Brooks' career he registered 3,958 yards as a starter for two seasons at Duquesne, and one year at South Allegheny.

Brooks has received several accolades since the conclusion of his senior season. Brooks was named 1st team Associated Press Class A All-State, 1st team All-Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22", Tribune-Review "Terrific 25", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class A, and Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class A.

Brooks is rated as the No. 11 player in the Scout.com Post-Season state rankings, and is the No. 30 running back prospect in the nation.

Brooks and other incoming freshman LaRod Stephens, and Irvan Brown give the Panthers a nice trio of backs for the future.

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