Stinson will visit Pitt

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'm heading into the season with my list cut down to three. Pittsburgh, Florida State and Auburn are my top three schools those are the visits I will take," stated Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL.

Pitt, Auburn, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Colorado, Wisconsin, 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 will visit Pittsburgh with my teammate Akeem Auguste," he said. "Coach (Charlie) Partridge is setting up the visit for me. I'm not sure what game I'll attend but I would like to get up there early in the season."

"I know that Pittsburgh will play the best player regardless of class. I think I could go there and push for a starting position. Playing time is important to me and it looks like they have plenty of it."

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. The nephew of former Pittsburgh Steeler Tim Lester, he ran for 930 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a junior.

"Auburn and Florida State are the two other schools I'm looking at," he said. "I camped at Auburn and I have a lot of fun. All of the coaches knew us by name there and we were treated well. Florida State has shown me a lot of love too. I talk with them all the time."

Chaminade-Madonna High School won the Class 2A State Championship a year ago. Stinson has one goal in mind entering the season. He proclaimed, "I want back to back championships. That's our goal and we have to get it."

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