A look at running back recruits Blackman and White

Pitt in the hunt for top running back recruits Darrell Blackman and Lendale White.

Pitt is after two very highly rated running backs this year. If they can get a blue chipper like the two 4-star recruits below, that would be super. But if not, they may not take a running back in this year's recruiting class.

Darrell Blackman from Williamsport, Pa., is a recruit everyone wants - he is 6-0, 195 and runs a 4.4 40! Darrell started on both sides of the ball for Williamsport, playing running back on offense and cornerback on defense. He rushed for 2,547 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, earning First Team All-State honors.

He averaged 20 points as a junior and was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team in basketball. He's already racked up more than 4,284 yards in his high school career after his junior season.

His top five includes: Michigan State, Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Miami, plus he mentioned VT and WVU as schools he likes. Darrell has mentioned that Maryland has the early lead, but Maryland also has an early verbal already from Lance Ball, a 5-11, 220 lb 4-star, blue-chip running back recruit from Teaneck, NJ. This may play in Pitt's favor.

Lendale White of Littleton, Colo. and Chatfield High School is the other highly rated running back Pitt wants badly. He is 6-1, 225 lbs and runs a 4.43 40! He is easily one of the nation's top backs and runs with a lot of power, strength and has excellent speed. He rushed for 1,850 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior. This includes missing two games with an ankle injury.

USC and Texas have also offered Lendale, but good news for Pitt is that Texas already has an early verbal from Erik Hardeman (Pflugerville, Texas). He is a highly ranked, 4-star running back from Texas. USC already has a verbal from high school All-American running back Chauncey Washington from Torrance, Calif., and they are also on the final list for as many as four other highly rated California running backs.

Lendale wants to leave his home state of Colorado, so Pitt has a good chance to land this monster 4-star recruit!

Hopefully Pitt can land one of these superstars and have that featured back that all top programs seem to have each and every year.


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