Perspective on Xavier Stinson

The University of Pittsburgh football program recently secured a verbal commitment from 5-foot-9 inch, 215 pound running back Xavier Stinson from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, FL. To gain perspective on the Pitt's newest recruit, the recently spoke with his head football coach. Read on for details.

"Xavier is a true team leader. He's a great kid on and off the football field," stated Chamindae-Madonna High School Head Football Coach Mark Guandolo. "Xavier is our playmaker on both sides of the field. When we need the big play, he's the guys we look for."

Stinson chose the Panthers over offers from Auburn, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida State. 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.

"Xavier is an extremely powerful north-south running back," stated Coach Guandolo. "As offense goes as he goes. Xavier is a true team player because he has to share the ball on offense. He's out main guy, but he lets others share in the offense."

"Gus (Mustakas) has had nothing but great things to say about Pitt and I know his comments helped. He has enjoyed his time there," he said. "Coach (Charlie) Partridge did a fantastic job recruiting him. He felt very comfortable with him. I think he was growing tired of the process and wanted to get it over with. He has always been leaning to Pitt."

Xavier is capable of running for the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He has been a four-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.

"He chose Pitt for two primary reasons. Xavier knew that Pitt wanted to establish a power running game that fit his style of play. That was a big reason. Secondly, he grew up watching Coach (Dave) Wannstedt on television and thought it would be great to play for him."

"I think the Panthers landed a great player. Perhaps they have started a pipeline from Chaminade-Madonna to Pittsburgh."

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