Panthers Offer New Jersey Standout

There have been many rumors about the possible departure of LeSean McCoy after this season. Nothing conrete has been mentioned and likely won't until after his sophomore season, but the Panthers are protecting their interest by pursuing some talented running backs just in case.

The Pittsburgh Panthers have built quite an impressive satble of running backs during Dave Wannstedt's tenure led by Heisman Trophy contender sophomore LeSean McCoy, junior LaRod Stephens-Howling, redshirt sophomore Kevin Collier, redshirt freshman Shariff Harris and incoming freshman Chris Burns.

Depending on which story you believe there is a possibility that the Panthers could lose McCoy to the NFL after this season. Dave Wannstedt believes in the running game and we fully expect the Panthers to take at least two running backs in this years class.

Last week, the Panthers offered Carneys Point (N.J.) Penns Grove running back Aaron Hayward a four-star prospect and one of the top prospects in the "Garden State".

Hayward is a running back, but has received a lot of interest as a wide receiver as well and that is where he is projected by many to play at the next level.

"Pitt has a lot of tradition," Hayward said. "Shady is leaving early and they feel I could be a good replacement for him. When Shady was in high school he was one of the best backs in the country, but he has gotten better at Pitt, so they must be doing something right. I hope to visit them this summer."

Hayward is fairly familiar with Pittsburgh thanks to his family ties with uncle A.B. Brown.

"A.B. Brown is my uncle and he played at Pitt and then transferred to West Virginia," Hayward explained. "He then played for the Jets for a little while."

Hayward also holds offers from Rutgers, North Carolina, West Virginia, Syracuse and Akron. Pitt, Syracuse, Akron and West Virginia were the most recent.

West Virginia: "They have a winning program and lot's of tradition. I really like the players attitudes and the offense that they run. They feature a spread running attack. They told me they have scatbacks, but they want a big back and they feel I could be that guy."

Syracuse: "They like me as a wide receiver. They liked my athleticism and what I can do with the ball in my hands. They throw the ball a lot, so I know I could make plays there."

Akron: "I saw the failities when I was there for the New Level 7on7. The facilities are great and I learned a lot there."

Miami has also been showing some interest as of late.

"They said I should be expecting some good news soon," Hayward said. "They have my film now, so hopefully they will offer."

Hayward informed us that his team is headed to camp at Boston College and after that he hopes to take some trips.

"I think BC may offer while I am there," Hayward said. "I have an aunt who lives like an hour from UNC, so I want to visit there. I may head to the West Virginia senior camp on June 29 and I may visit Pittsburgh then as well."

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