Recruiting coup for Panthers

Dave Wannstedt announced from day one that this team would run, run, run, and run some more. One part of the offensive package that Wannstedt was unhappy with was the running game. Today, the Panthers picked up their third highly touted running back of this class.

If Dave Wannstedt can land the type of kids he's been getting in only a few weeks on the job, look out Big East Conference. It appears that Wannstedt and his staff are going to finally give the Panthers a national presence once more. Today the Panthers landed a commitment from Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace running back Conredge Collins, 5-11 and 220 pounds, Collins pledged during his official visit.

After a winter blizzard had touched down across the North East it was a wonder that Collins was able to fly into Pittsburgh.

"I had a good flight in and out," Collins said. "The snow doesn't bother me, I've never had a problem with it. My family has spent time in North Carolina and New York."

Collins had offers from Ohio State, Florida, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and NC State. How does he end up in a smaller conference such as the Big East?

"I was wondering what I was doing there myself," Collins said. "Just like coach Partridge said, god works in strange ways and there must be a reason for me to be in Pittsburgh."

After a visit to NC State last weekend Collins almost joined the Wolfpack.

"I told Amato, that they had a good shot with me, he told me they didn't have anymore room for another back," Collins said. "At that time my dad called a few of the schools that had been in contact with me. Several schools responded, but I decided to visit Pittsburgh."

Freshman athlete Darrell Strong hosted Collins; it was the opinion of Strong and other Florida players that pushed Collins to Pittsburgh.

"They have a lot of guys from Miami, they are tight knit, and they do everything like brothers," Collins said. "They live as brothers, play as brothers, eat as brothers, that sold me on Pittsburgh."

Collins ran for over 1,200 yards this season, and over 1,800 as a junior. Would Collins describe himself as a North-South type of back?

"Oh yeah, I'm going to get them yards, I got some moves but not many I think I am a Jamal Lewis type of back," Collins said


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