Panthers offer versatile Ohio athlete

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of pursing a large number of well-known, blue-chip football players. It appears that PITT has unearthed a talented and versatile prospect from a small school in Ohio. Can the Panthers land this prospect from Libson, OH? Read on.

"We have had several coaches here from Pittsburgh. They were a little later in the process than a few schools, but Vince is very interested in them," stated Lisbon (Ohio) David Anderson High School Head Football Coach Jim Selimos. He was referring to his star player Vincent Browne (6-foot-5 inches, 240 pounds). "Vince currently has offers from Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia, Indiana, Northwestern, Colorado and Kansas. Pitt and West Virginia were the latest to get involved."

Browne registered over 100 tackles while netting All-County and All-Tri County honors. He has played a number of positions. He started at offensive guard and defensive end as a sophomore. Vince moved to inside linebacker, tight end and offensive tackle as a junior. Coach Selimos indicated that Browne will start at tight end and inside linebacker for his senior season.

"Vince might graduate with a hundred kids. We are a small high school. A player like Vince is rare for a school our size. I think that's why recruiters have been a little slow getting to him. Things are really picking up now."

Browne's versatility has started to attract recruiters throughout the Big Ten, Big East and MAC conferences. He is capable of playing inside linebacker, defensive end, tight end and offensive tackle on the next level. Vince has been a three-year starter.

"I believe Pitt is recruiting him as a tight end, but they like his frame and believe he could develop into a solid offensive tackle. Vince is just under 6-foot-6 inches tall and he's still growing. He has a big frame and I could easily see him adding an additional 40 to 50 pounds with ease."

"Vince is like most kids and he grew up rooting for Ohio State and Notre Dame. He likes both of them along with Michigan. None of them are expressing too much interest right now. Of the schools that have offered him scholarships, I would have to think that Pitt and West Virginia might stand the best chance. Syracuse has done a nice job with him as well. Pittsburgh happens to be the closest. We are roughly an hour and a half from them."

Browne is capable of running a 4.85 forty-yard dash and bench pressing 185 pounds 21 times.

"Every school has a chance at landing him right now, but I think Pitt looks like a very strong options. He'll be on their campus soon at their summer camp."

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