Stinson to focus on season

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 PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this blue-chip prospect.

"I haven't sent any official visits to date," stated bullish running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL. "I want to focus on my season first then make my official visits after that."

"My top three schools remain the same: Pittsburgh, Florida State and Auburn."

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.

The Chaminade-Madonna Lions are off to a fast 2-0 start this season. Stinson rushed for 120 yards pm 15 carries against Booker T. High School last week. He rushed for 95 yards yards on 4 carries against Everglades High School in the season opener. Xavier continues to be a defensive force from his middle linebacker position.

"I talk with Gus (Mustakas) all the time. We spoke two weeks ago," he said. "He's been a big help when it comes to recruiting. Gus has told me what to look for and question to ask during the process."

"Gus has great things to say about the Pittsburgh football program. He told me they have some good running backs but none with my size. He said they need a power back like me."

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.

"Playing time is very important to me as well as academics. I want to go to a school and know I have a chance to play or at least be part of a rotation at running back."

Stinson stated that he will visit Pittsburgh with his teammate Akeem Auguste (cornerback). Panthers' Assistant Coach Charlie Partridge has been his primary contact.

"I want to a take a close look at my top three and visit towards the end of the season. I like the coaches at all three schools. It's going to come down to playing time, academics and my gut feeling on the school."

"I can't wait to get up to Pittsburgh and get a closer look."

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


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