Xavier Stinson commits to 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 recently decided that "Pitt is it". The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this blue-chip prospect.

"I called Coach (Charlie) Partridge on Friday and told him I was committing to Pittsburgh," stated bruising running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL. "He was very excited about my commitment. He told Gus (Mustakas) and I know he was excited."

Stinson had a narrowed his choices to Pitt, Florida State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Tennessee. 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 haven't been to Pitt yet and Coach Partridge really wanted me to see it. I'm going to visit when they play Rutgers. Gus has told me a lot of great things about Pitt and what it's like to play there."

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.

"I know that Pittsburgh wants to run the ball and I believe I can help them. I'm going to give the Panthers everything I have. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt wants to pound the ball and I'm a physical runner. I'm not expecting to start from day one, but I believe I can contribute next season."

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

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