Shariff Harris officially a Panther

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, has officially commited to Pitt.

"I just called Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and told him I was committing to Pitt," stated speedy running back/linebacker Shariff Harris (6-foot-2 inches, 205 pounds) from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ. "When I left Pittsburgh I just knew it was the place for me. I felt comfortable there. It felt like home."

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.

"Pitt offered me everything I wanted athletically and academically. The Panthers need a big back and I plan on going into camp in top shape and pushing for playing time."

Harris finalized his comments by stating, "I'm very happy with my decision. I want to give the Pitt football program everything I have to make it better." ranks Harris a "three-star" recruit and the 55th best running back in the nation.

"It feels good to be a Panther."

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