One School, Two PITT offers

Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff are in the process of conducting a national search for football talent. It appears the University of Pittsburgh has targeted a pair of outstanding players from a New Jersey powerhouse. Can the Panthers add this dynamic duo to their roster? Read on.

"The University of Pittsburgh has offered two of my players: running back Malcolm Harris (5-foot-10 inches, 190 pounds) and offensive lineman Markeece Preston (6-foot-2 inches, 330 pounds)," stated Patterson Catholic High School Head Football Coach Benjie Wimberly.

"Malcolm (pictured below right) is an unbelievable athlete. He reminds many people of Warrick Dunn. He has great speed and vision. Malcolm always seems to know when to make the next cut and gain the extra yard," said Wimberly. "He's the best running back I have coached and I have been coaching for 16 years."

Harris led Patterson Catholic High School to a perfect 11-0 record and the Non-Public School State Championship as a junior. He rushed for 1,600 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.

"Schools from North Carolina to Colorado have been all over him. He has offers from a number of schools including Pittsburgh, Maryland, Minnesota, Rutgers and Iowa. I would say he's wide open at this point. The Panthers were the first to offer him. That may help them in the future."

Harris was named All-Conference, All-Area and All-County as a junior. He is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

"Markeece (pictured above) is a big, explosive lineman. He projects as a guard or center on the next level," said Wimberly. "Markeece has outstanding feet and strength. He's working out right now with a trainer that prepared college players for the NFL draft. The trainer told me he's already stronger than most of those players."

Preston has been a three-year starter for Patterson Catholic High School. He is capable of running a 5.1 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 380 pounds and squatting 550 pounds.

"Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Maryland have offered him a scholarship. He's wide open at this point. I assume that Markeece and Malcolm will visit Pittsburgh at some point during the summer."

Schools seem to be torn as to what position is most appropriate for Markeece. Half the schools recruiting him like him as a run stuffing nose tackle, while others like his powerful run-blocking ability.

"Both Malcolm and Markeece are wide open right now. They plan on getting down to Pittsburgh sometime this summer. Both of them are taking their time and taking a look at all of their options."

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


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