Pitt to land Shariff Harris

The University of Pittsburgh football team has been scouring the land for quality running backs. It appears their search is over. Shariff Harris, a standout running back from New Jersey, plans to officially commit to Pitt on Monday.

"I just finished my visit and I loved it," stated speedy running back Shariff Harris (6-foot-2 inches, 205 pounds) from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ. "We're getting ready to fly back to New Jersey now. I'm going to sit down with my head coach and my parents and commit on Monday. We may put a press conference together."

Harris chose the Pitt over Maryland, Rutgers and South Florida

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.

"I spoke with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (David) Walker today. They told me they needed a big running back. I feel like I can come and play a major role for the Panthers."

Panthers' wide receiver Oderick Turner was Harris' host for the weekend. Shariff elaborated on his experience. "I thought the facilites were amazing. Heinz Field and the South Side complex was incredible."

"Academics are really important to me and there seemed to be a big focus on academics during the trip. They make sure you get all the help you can get and push you in the classroom."

Harris wasn't the only person enamored with Pitt. He added, "My mother loved the visit and she's totally sold."

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

"I can't wait to get here and help contribute to the Panthers."

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

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