Pitt offers bullish tailback

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt is looking at add at least two powerful running backs in the class of 2007. The Panthers have offered a scholarship to a Florida running back known for his physical style on the football field. Read on for details.

"Xavier is one of the top running back prospects in the state of Florida," stated Chaminade Madonna High School (Hollywood, FL) Head Football Coach Mark Guandolo. "He has five scholarship offers right now from Iowa, Pitt, Mississipi, Cincinnati and Auburn. Florida is expressing a lot of interest as well."

Coach Guandolo was referring to his star two-way standout Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 225 pounds). Stinson was named the Broward County's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. The Panthers tapped into Chaminade Madonna High School last year to successfully recruit standout defensive lineman Gus Mustakas.

"Xavier is capable of playing linebacker and running back on the next level. He would do very well at either position. He prefers to play running back in college. Xavier is the most explosive player I have ever coached. He's very powerful and runs right through tackles. It takes quite a bit to get him down. Xavier has excellent hands as well. He can catch the ball out of the backfield."

Stinson runs track and placed 5th in the state in wrestling. He rushed for 970 yards as a junior.

"I think Xavier is going to be an out standing running back in college. He runs a 4.6 forty-yard dash but he's always working to improve his speed. Right now he's wide open. I know he's interesting in Pitt and would like to take a closer look at the program."

"It's worth noting that Xavier is a team leader and he's a real character kid. He would make a big addition to a team in many ways."

When asked about his former defensive standout Gus "The Bus" Mustakas, he stated, "I know he had an injury and I hope he gives it time to heal. Gus is a great player and I was happy to see him have an outstanding freshman year."

"I think defensive end was his best position, but he will help the Panthers at defensive tackle. He's a little light for the position, but he's a play maker."

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

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