Pitt front runner for OSU transfer

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt hasn't been shy about his fondness for running the ball. He is perpetually searching for quality running backs. It appears that a recent transfer from Ohio State has his eyes on Pitt. Will the Panthers land this talented player? Read on for details.

"I'm going to call Pittsburgh today. It looks like I'm going to visit there next week," stated former Ohio State running back Erik Haw (6-foot-1 inches, 215 pounds). Haw attended Independence High School in Columbus, OH and had the Panthers amongst this finalist two years ago.

Haw experienced a skyrocket to stardom as he went from a relative unknown in recruiting circles in the spring of 2003 to one of the nation's top running back prospects. He's capable of running a 4.3 forty yard dash. Erik had a sensational senior season, rushing for 3,038 yards (good for sixth on the all-time Ohio single season list) and 30 TDs. He was co-Division II Offensive Player of the Year.

"I left Ohio State on good terms. There simply wasn't enough playing time for a running back of my caliber. I know what they are trying to do at Pitt and I like what I'm hearing. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt needs to know that I can give him 250 yards a game if he just gives me the ball."

Panthers running back coach Dave Walker has been Haw's primary contact. He rushed for 96 yards on 14 carries last season. Haw is currently a red-shirt sophomore. He would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out a full season due to NCAA stipulations.

"I have schools like Jackson State that have contacted me and told me that I'm automatically their starting running back if I go there. I wouldn't have to sit out a year like a D1 school. Right now, I'm leaning towards a D1 school because I want to go against the best."

"Pitt is the clear front runner right now. I hope Coach (Dave) Wannstedt likes what he sees on my tape. If he tells me he there is playing time to be had and he wants me, I'll probably go to Pitt. I look forward to the visit."

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

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