Pitt close to commitment from talented RB

The University of Pittsburgh football team has been scouring the land for quality running backs. It appears their search may be over this weekend. A standout running back from New Jersey appears to closet to committing to Pitt. Who is it? Read on for details.

"Coach (David) Walker was at my house yesterday and I'm ready to visit Pittsburgh this weekend," stated speedy running back Shariff Harris (6-foot-2 inches, 205 pounds) from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ."

"I had fourteen scholarship offers and broke things down to Pitt, Maryland, Rutgers and South Florida. The Panther are easily my leader."

St. Peters Preparatory School finished the 2006 season with an outstanding 11-1 record. The Marauders were defeated by Don Bosco Preparatory School to win the New Jerse Group IV non-public school championship. Harris rushed for 1,445 yards and scored 18 touchdowns this season. As a junior, he rushed for 1,400 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in nine games.

"Coach Walker spent time talking with my about academics at Pitt, their offense and some of the plays they run. He gave me some great advice as well. He told me that I'm so fast that I hit the holes too quick and sometimes miss following my blockers."

Scout.com ranks Harris a "three-star" recruit and the 55th best running back in the nation.

When asked about what he would bring to Pitt, he stated, "I bring a mix of size and speed. I know they have some speed backs but I have the extra muscle to make the first tackler miss. Coach Walker painted a real straight forward picture. H told me if I get to Pitt and work hard, I would have a chance at playing time."

The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with St. Peters Preparatory School Head Football Coach Richard Hansen. Coach Hansen was happy to brag about his star running back. "Shariff is around 6-foot-2 inches tall and 205 pounds. He's an explosive running back that has several gears. He runs a sub 4.4 forty-yard dash. When he hits a hole, he's running down hill."

"What makes Shariff a dual threat is that he's extremely fast and physical. He's a power back that can break a long run at any time. He has great vision and he doesn't let the first tackler get him down."

Shariff has been less than shy talking about his fondness or the Panthers and there's a strong possibility he could commit to Pitt this weekend. He stated, "I told Coach Walker that I simply want to get to Pitt and see how comfortable I feel. If I feel like I'm ready, I'll have little problems committing this weekend."

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

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