Panthers offer Sophomore Phenom

Pittsburgh has won a recruiting battle for one of the most highly recruited prospects to ever come out of the Rochester, N.Y. area in Kevin Collier. Collier is an elite type of running back. In two years his little brother Averin Collier comes out and Dave Wannstedt is leaving nothing to chance.

Last night, we spoke with Churchville-Chili Head Coach Paul Dick about his star running back Kevin Collier. Dick informed us that Kevin is still very solid in his commitment to Pittsburgh. As surprising as it sounds there was even bigger news for the Collier family this week.

"Coach Wannstedt called the school on Monday and verbally offered Averin Collier," said Chili Coach Paul Dick. "He told me he couldn't stop blushing, and his smile looked like it was pasted on. He has been to Pittsburgh a few times and he is very impressed with the coaches and the facilities. He told me before if Pittsburgh offers I'm there, so we'll see what happens."

It is often the case that brothers will part ways in college, one will opt to move on and cast his own legacy in the world. According to Coach Dick, that may not be the case with the Collier brothers.

"They're pretty special together, they're very tight. There's no jealousy at all between them. Here's an example a few weeks ago Kevin had 48 carries and 387 yards and three touchdowns, we had the ball deep in the opponent's territory and I had Averin in to replace Kevin and he said take me out and get Kevin his fourth score.

Averin is 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, and the best way to describe him is versatile. He will line up at running back, wide receiver, and linebacker. The younger Collier has a chance to be recruited even more then Kevin has been.

"He's going to be special, but we don't want to put too much pressure on him. I believe in our last three games he had 13 touches and he scored eight times."

Pittsburgh's offer can't become official until the first of September next year, but it seems to have made a lasting impression on a potential Top 100 player. This is an aggressive and bold move on Wannstedt's part, something Panther fans have not been used to seeing the last few years in Pittsburgh.


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