Pitt lands 2nd verbal for 2003 recruiting class!!!

Donald Brooks, a wide receiver of Galveston O'Connell High School in Texas is the Panthers 2nd verbal for the class of 2003.

Panthers land 2nd verbal for 2003 recruiting class

Donald is a 6-4 185 pound speedster who can run the 40 in 4.4 seconds.  Donald was a Texas Association of private and parochial schools (TAPPS) class 3A first-team all-state selection as a junior. He caught 25 passes for 626 yards, an average of 25 yards per catch, and 8 TD's last season. Not only does Donald have great size, but he also has breakaway speed and is considered a big time deep threat, which is rare for a WR of that size. Of his 8 TD catches last season, 5 were of 45 yards or longer!!!  He had TD grabs of  53, 61, 59 and 52 yards and also had an 80-yard punt return for a TD. Pitt had an inside track on this recruit as Donald's High School coach, Dimitri Gazelas played under Walt Harris at Pacific University in 1991-92. Pitt defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads was his position coach in 1992-93 at Pacific. Coach Gazelas showed Pitt the tape on Donald before any other school, but now many schools, including Texas A&M, Oklahoma, SMU and TCU are showing interest. What is more impressive is that Donald didn't play football as a freshmen and sophomore so he could concentrate on basketball. Donald can perform a 360-degree dunk of a basketball from a standing position under the basket! His coach says after his first two steps that he is gone. He also goes on to say that Donald is raw and that he still needs to teach him how to run routes, but that he has a great work ethic. Donald has selected the Panthers after not even visiting the campus and facilities because he is so impressed with the Panthers pass oriented offense. Although Donald is built slender, his coach says he is well put together and very strong for his height.

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