Panthers Offer McKeesport Athlete

Ty-Meer Brown has the McKeesport Tigers running on all cylinders and the talented quarterback recently picked up his first BCS scholarship offer.

McKeesport (Pa.) quarterback Ty-Meer Brown recently picked up his first BCS scholarship offer and he didn't have to go far to pick it up. The Pittsburgh Panthers have offered Brown even though they have two commitments from other quarterback prospects.

Pitt has received commitments from Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius quarterback Mark Myers and Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty quarterback Anthony Gonzalez. Myers is a quarterback, but the uber athlete Gonzalez could be the answer to the Panthers safety woes. Brown is an electric athlete himself and could end up at another position at the next level.

"Pitt offered me about two weeks ago," Brown said. "I wasn't really expecting it, but they checked out my senior film and they really liked it. I went down and met with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Greg) Gattuso. They asked me if I would be receptive to playing another position and I said I'd like to have a shot at quarterback.

"I told them I'll play anything except defense," Brown continued. "They said if I come there they would let me try quarterback and if it didn't work out they'd move me to wide receiver or slot. I haven't played defense since midgets."

Brown had the chance to tour the facilities at UPMC while he was on his visit.

"They took me on a tour of the facilities while I was there," he said. "I had the chance to check out the weight room and locker room and everything down there. The facilities are real nice there. I like how they share everything with the Steelers. I want to got back down and see the school and what all they have to offer."

Brown took another unofficial visit for a game as the Panthers took on Navy.

"It was crazy down there," Brown stated. "The Pitt game was a lot crazier than some of the Steelers games I have been to."

Brown doesn't have a sure favorite, but he admits he is feeling Pitt right now.

"I like a Pitt a lot right now," Brown said. "All my friends and family would have a chance to come see me play there and that is important to me."

If Brown would choose Pitt it could be an interesting topic of discussion around the dinner table. Brown's father Tim Brown was a linebacker at West Virginia.

"My dad always talks about that," Brown laughed. "He loves WVU, but he is supportive. He said if I go to Pitt he'd get a shirt made with Pitt on one side and WVU on the other, but WVU would have to be on the right side where his heart is."

Brown has helped guide the McKeesport Tigers to a (4-1) record this season. He has thrown for five scores and run for five more.

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