Fla. running back has three favorites

Royal Balm Beach (Fla.) High School running back Zacchaeus Brown (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) is focused on Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The class of 2007 prospect has several additional scholarship offers.

"I have scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Ohio University, Georgia Tech and Troy State," stated bruising running back Zacchaeus Brown (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) from Royal Palm High School in Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

"Three schools stand out to me: Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Panthers are still my favorite school. I like their offense and I think I would fit into their scheme. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt would be great to play for."

Brown rushed for 650 yards on 83 carries as a junior. He has been a two-year starter at running back. Brown is capable of running a 4.55 40-yard dash and squatting 400 pounds.

"I was supposed to visit Pittsburgh in July but a few things fell through," he said. "I promised Coach (Charlie) Partridge that Pittsburgh would be my first official visit. I want to get up there early. I have always liked Pitt and they are really interested in me."

Brown is a leader on and off the field. He has an outstanding 3.4 grade point average. He is considered a powerful north-south runner with breakaway speed. The Wildcats finished with a 6-3 record last season.

"Wisconsin and Minnesota sound interesting and they really want me to visit," Brown said. "I want to be thorough during the recruiting process so I owe them a visit. I should take a look at them and compare them to Pittsburgh. They have been recruiting me pretty hard."

Brown is still in contact with the Panthers' class of 2006 member Tamarcus Porter. He recently spoke with "TJ" and he had great things to say about Pittsburgh. "He's up there now and loving it," Brown said. "I think TJ is going to make a big impact with them. It would be great to play with him and play together on the same offense."

Pitt has also expressed interest in Brown's teammate, Brandon Pendergrass (5-9, 185 pounds). Pendergrass and Brown will split time in the Wildcats' backfield. He's capable of playing running back, wide receiver and cornerback on the next level. Pendergrass already holds scholarship offers from Minnesota, Northwestern, Duke, Ohio University, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

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