Pittsburgh first to offer big Pa. lineman

Wisconsin among many high-profile schools showing interest in Brandon Richardson


Brandon Richardson, a massive lineman from New Brighton, Pa., received a scholarship offer from Pittsburgh during the team's 'Junior Day' Saturday.

"I felt great," said Richardson, adding that he was offered in Panther head coach Walt Harris' office. "They told me that they want me as a left tackle and that they need linemen so bad that I could possibly play a lot as a freshman."

Richardson, who is 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, has always preferred defense but said, "If playing offense gets me on the field sooner, I wouldn't mind playing offense. A lot of times you get switched in college anyway."

As for reports that it will be a battle between Pittsburgh and Penn State for his services, Richardson said, "I only said that because they were the only two schools I visited. I would like to stay home, but I am not against going away if it's right for me."

If Richardson leaves Pennsylvania to play, he may be going to one of a few stellar programs that are expressing a lot of interest.

"Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, and Wisconsin are really showing a lot of attention now," Richardson said. "Miami sent my coach two blank tapes and asked for film of me. I may go down to Florida State and Miami to visit, as well as Wisconsin."

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