Perspective on Pitt commit Antwuan Reed

While the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue class of 2007 talent, they received a pleasant surprise this week when standout class of 2008 athlete Antwuan Reed from Johnstown, PA verbally committed to Pitt. The recently spoke with his head coach.

The University of Pittsburgh recently received a verbal commitment from standout class of 2008 athlete Antwuan Reed (5-foot-10 inches, 170 pounds) from Greater Johnstown Senior High School in Johnstown, PA. Reed chose the Panthers over early offers from Virginia and Buffalo. He joins former Trojan standouts LaRod Stephens-Howling and Scott Corson.

To gain some perspective on what Panther fans can expect from Reed, the spoke with Greater Johnstown Senior High School Head Football Coach Bob Arcurio.

"We're very excited about Antwuan's decision. There are a lot of Pitt fans in this area," stated Arcurio. "Antwuan is 5-foot-10 inches tall and currently weighs 170 pounds. He's only a junior and he continues to grow. Antwuan has a bigger frame than LaRod (Stephens-Howling)."

Reed rushed for 877 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as a junior. He was named second-team All-Conference. On defense, Antwuan registered four interceptions. Two of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

"Antwuan can play a number of positions including running back, wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner," said Arcurio. "To be honest, I really like him on defense. He could make an outstanding cornerback in college."

"Antwuan is very fast and he's not scared to hit you. He has an eye for the ball and he's a true thoroughbred. He's a long strider with a tremendous amount of speed. He can shut down receivers."

Reed and his Trojan teammates are currently in the District-6 playoffs. They are set to play Hollidaysburg this weekend. Antwuan has rushed for roughly 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Maryland, West Virginia and Michigan State were in close contact with him prior to his pledge to Pitt.

"I hate the compare the two, but I would say that LaRod is a bit faster, but Antwuan is larger. He has a lot more growth potential. I don't believe the Panthers have specified a position for him yet."

Reed and Stephens-Howling have an exceptionally close relationship. LaRod happens to be Reed's godfather.

Coach Arcurio was asked about Pitt freshman Scott Corson and he stated, "I spoke to Coach (Bob) Junko about him the other day. Scott is red shirting this season and he's living in the weight room. I was told he's getting bigger and stronger and doing well in the classroom. He's going to be a good one for Pitt in the future."

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