Stinson down to three schools

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to establish a physical and punishing running game. One of the top running backs on the Panthers' radar happens to be a bruising running back from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL. The recently spoke with this blue-chip prospect.

"I have a lot of scholarship offers, but three schools seem to stand out: Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Auburn," stated bruising running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL.

Pitt, Auburn, Ole Miss, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida International have offered Stinson a scholarship. He was named the Broward County's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Xavier rushed for over 500 yards on offense. The Panthers previously tapped into Chaminade Madonna High School to land standout defensive lineman Gus Mustakas.

"I'm going to visit Auburn in July and we're in the process of getting a visit set up with Pittsburgh. I'm going to take an unofficial visit there and probably return for an official visit. It looks like I'll have family members with me when I come to Pittsburgh."

Xavier is capable of running for the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He is primarily being recruited by Panthers' assistant Charlie Partridge. Stinson has been a three-year starter on both sides of the ball.

"I want to visit Pitt, Auburn and Tennessee and see what their campuses are like. Playing time is going to be important to me as well. The Panthers are putting together a power running game. I like that a lot because it fits me style. I like to pound the ball. I'm a physical runner."

"It looks like the Panthers offer me the most playing time. I want to go to college and become the feature back. It looks like that could happen in Pittsburgh."

The Panthers have offered three of Stinson's teammates: Emeka Nwankwo (6-foot-4 inches, 290 pounds), cornerback Akeem Auguste (5-foot-11 inches, 175 pounds) and safety Eain Smith (6-foot-1 inches, 180 pounds).

"I would like to make a decision prior to the football season. Hopefully all of my visits are complete in July and I can make the best decision for me."

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