Panthers Land District Ten Sleeper

The Panthers have done well recruiting District Ten during the Dave Wannstedt era. The Panthers have landed players such as Nate Byham, Moe Williams and Dan Matha. Last night, the Panthers struck again in Northwest Pennsylvania.

Over the years Terry Verrelli estimates that he has had around ten D-I athletes from his Wilmington Greyhound program. Verrelli thinks running back Chris Burns has the potential to be the best of the bunch.

"He (Burns) is a great running back," Verrelli said. "He is 5-10 and over 185 ponds. He cuts very well and somehow he just has a kncak for breaking tackles. He ran for over 1,500 yards for us last year.

"I have had about ten D-I guys here at Wilmington and he has the potential to excel and he has the potential to be as good as any of them."

Last night, Burns committed to Pittsburgh. The Panthers offered the talented running back earlier in the year and he decided it was time to pull the trigger.

"He has gone down there the past few weekends and the facilities and the program there are top notch," Verrelli said. "He weighed his options and he felt Pitt has been real good to him and it's only an hour from home. "They did a good job of getting on him early," he said. "I really just started sending film out on him and they wasted no time. I haven't timed him in the forty, but he runs track and he ran a 10.6 100-meters the other day. It was wind aided, but he can still fly."

Burns is the first Wilmington player to be recruited by the Panthers since Demetrius Rich.

Burns is the third commit for the Panthers class of 2008 and the second in the past three days. He earned All-State honors as a junior.

Burns will participate in the Scout.com All-American Combine at the Pittsburgh Steelers Indoor Practice Facility on May 6.


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