Stinson down to three schools

Xavier Stinson, a 5-foot-9, 214-pound class of 2007 tailback prospect at Chaminade Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla., has several scholarship offers, but three stand out. He is a three-star prospect according to

"I have a lot of scholarship offers, but three schools seem to stand out: Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Auburn," stated bruising running back Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Fla.

Pitt, Auburn, Ole Miss, Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin, BYU, South Florida and Florida International have offered Stinson a scholarship. He was named the Broward County's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Stinson rushed for more than 500 yards on offense. The Panthers previously tapped into Chaminade Madonna High School to land standout defensive lineman Gus Mustakas.

"I'm going to visit Auburn in July and we're in the process of getting a visit set up with Pittsburgh," Stinson said. "I'm going to take an unofficial visit there and probably return for an official visit. It looks like I'll have family members with me when I come to Pittsburgh."

Stinson is capable of running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. He is primarily being recruited by Panthers' assistant Charlie Partridge. Stinson has been a three-year starter on both sides of the ball.

"I want to visit Pitt, Auburn and Tennessee and see what their campuses are like," he said. "Playing time is going to be important to me as well. The Panthers are putting together a power running game. I like that a lot because it fits my style. I like to pound the ball. I'm a physical runner.

"It looks like the Panthers offer me the most playing time. I want to go to college and become the feature back. It looks like that could happen in Pittsburgh."

The Panthers have offered three of Stinson's teammates: offensive lineman Emeka Nwankwo (6-4, 290), cornerback Akeem Auguste (5-11, 175) and safety Eain Smith (6-1, 180).

"I would like to make a decision prior to the football season," Stinson said. "Hopefully all of my visits are complete in July and I can make the best decision for me."

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