Florida Running Back on Panthers' radar

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of implementing a physical, run-first offense. To succeed he must stockpile a number of quality running backs. It appears the staff is high on one prospect from Hialeah, FL.

"My focus right now is on track and then I'll start to think about football recruiting," stated lightning fast running back prospect Armando Allen (5-ft-10 inches, 195 pounds) from Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School.

"I'm open right now. I don't have a favorite school. It's going to be important to me to go to a school that will best utilize my skills."

Allen had 110 carries for 1,200 yards last season. He is capable of running a consistent 4.3 forty-yard dash.

"Academics, tradition and depth charts will the things I look for in a school. I'm also a tailback with wide receiver skills. I can catch the ball and run. I want to go to an offense that will allow me to run and catch the ball out of the backfield. USC does a good job letting their running backs catch the ball."

When asked to comment on the Pitt Panther football program, he stated, "I like Pitt and I know they have a lot of Florida players. They have professional experience on their staff, especially with Coach Wannstedt, and they want to run the ball. That's going to be important to me."

Scouts have compared Allen to 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush from USC. He has been rumored to be a lean towards the University of Miami. Allen was asked if he was leaning towards "The U" and he quickly replied, "I like Miami but I wouldn't say they are a favorite. I'm not leaning towards anyone right now. Pitt has just as much chance as Miami."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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