Zach Brown high on Pitt visit

The University of Pittsburgh football team continues to search for quality running back prospects. One of the top tailbacks from the state of Florida visited Pitt this weekend. The spoke with Zach Brown from the Pittsburgh airport. Read on for details.

"I had a really good time on the visit this weekend," stated bruising running back Zacchaeus Brown (5-foot-11 inches, 200 pounds) from Royal Palm High School in Royal Palm Beach, FL. "I arrived on Friday and we went to Dave and Busters that night. It was a lot fun. T.J. Porter was my host the first night and Ricky Gary was my host the second night."

Royal Palm High School lost in the second round of the playoffs and finished the season with an outstanding 10-2 record. Brown rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He averaged 10 yards per carry.

"Saturday was the day we saw most of the facilities. I was a bit shocked. Coach (Charlie) Partridge had showed me pictures of the facilities but it was another thing actually seeing them. They were pretty amazing." ranks Brown the 65th best running back in the nation and a "three-star" prospect.

Brown has stated that he wanted to get to know the coaches and players on a personal basis during the visit. When asked if the mission was accomplished, he stated, "I felt very comfortable. They have a lot of players from Florida so I was able to bond with them."

"I spent a lot of time getting to know Coach (David) Walker, their running backs coach. He's a great guy. We talked about their offense and he showed me some of their plays."

The "Zach Attack" was quick to comment on Head Coach Dave Wannstedt. "Coach Wannstedt and I got to talk. He's a great guy that knows how to make you laugh," said Brown. "I told me where the program stood and he told me he wanted me to part of it."

Brown rushed for 650 yards on 83 carries as a junior. He was a three-year starter at running back for the Wildcats. Zacchaeus is capable of running a 4.55 forty-yard dash and squatting 400 pounds.

Brown is considered a leader on and off the field. He has an outstanding 3.4 grade point average. Scouts have labeled Zach a "powerful north-south runner". Panthers Assistant Coach Charlie Partridge has been his primary contact.

"I had a great visit. I want to get home, sit down with my parents and sort things out. I'm going to choose between Pitt and Wisconsin. There's a lot in my head right now and I want to make the right choice. The visit this weekend helped Pitt a lot."

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