Standout NJ Running Back to visit PITT

The University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a tremendous amount of talented athletes over the next few weeks. The Dave Wannstedt Summer Football camp will be held June 12th through the 20th. A highly talented running back from New Jersey is set to attend. Read on for details.

"I have offers right now from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Purdue, Minnesota and Rutgers," stated running back Malcolm Harris (5-foot-10 inches, 190 pounds) from Patterson Catholic High School in Paterson, NJ. "I don't know much about the Panthers and I'm looking forward to getting to their camp, meeting the coaches and seeing their facilities."

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.

"I'm going to visit with my teammate Markeece Preston (6-foot-2 inches, 320 pounds) in about a week. Both of us have offers and we want to see what Pittsburgh is all about."

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I'm a strong, north-south runner. I have a good combination of size and speed. People have told me I have excellent vision and quickness. I look for my blocks and I can get the extra yards."

Harris was named All-Conference, All-Area and All-County as a junior. He is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash. The Panthers' running backs coach Dave Walker has been his primary recruiter.

The recently spoke with Patterson Catholic High School Head Football Coach Benjie Wimberly. Coach Wimberly was asked to comment on Harris, and he quickly replied, "Malcolm 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. He's the best running back I have coached and I have been coaching for 16 years."

"I'm still very open but I do have strong interest in the Panthers. I'm looking for a school that will offer me playing time, a school fairly close to home and a school with a strong coaching staff."

Pitt Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has been less than shy about his fondness for the running game. Harris was asked comment on the Panthers' run first, pass second philosophy. He gleefully replied, "I'm a running back so I want to run the ball as much as I can. Their offense is attractive to a player like me."

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