Recruiting: Panthers land dual-threat QB

Scouting services say he's one of best

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Bill Stull is a senior quarterback at Pitt, so the Panthers' quarterback situation for next year is somewhat uncertain. Anthony Gonzalez decided yesterday to throw his hat into the ring for 2010.

Gonzalez is a senior at Bethlehem Liberty High School and ranked by some scouting services as one of the top quarterbacks in the eastern part of the country. Tuesday night he made a verbal commitment to Pitt.

Gonzalez (6 feet 2, 205 pounds) was The Associated Press Pennsylvania Player of the Year last season after leading Liberty to the PIAA Class AAAA championship. He is a dual-threat quarterback, tallying more than 3,000 yards of offense as a junior. He rushed for 1,697 yards and completed 114 of 206 for 1,570 yards.

"He's a good-size kid who runs a 4.5 40, so obviously he's very athletic," Liberty coach Tim Moncman said. "He's good enough to be a drop-back passer with a strong enough arm. But if things break down, he can be very dangerous with his legs."

Gonzalez rushed for 205 yards in the title game against Bethel Park. He also is a standout safety and intercepted a pass in the end zone in overtime against Bethel Park to preserve a 28-21 win.

He also had scholarship offers from Penn State, Florida State, Oregon and Maryland, among others. He visited Florida State for the Miami game a few weeks ago. Moncman said a number of schools wanted Gonzalez for defense.

"But he said he didn't want to talk to those schools," Moncman said. "He said he wants to be an offensive player."

But Gonzalez will not play for Liberty for at least the next few weeks after having surgery yesterday for a torn meniscus in his knee. Moncman said Gonzalez will be back in two to three week.

Brashear's Garner commits

From a Bull to a Badger.

That's the future path of Brashear's Manasseh Garner. A tight end/receiver/defensive back for the Brashear Bulls, Garner made a verbal commitment to the Wisconsin Badgers. Garner (6 feet 3, 210 pounds) also had scholarship offers from Pitt, Connecticut, Maryland, Akron and Minnesota, among others.

"Some of the schools wanted me for defense," Garner said. "I had been going back and forth about if I wanted to play defense or offense. I decided offense is the position I feel very comfortable with."

For Wisconsin, Garner will play an H-back position, a cross between a tight end and fullback. Garner was Brashear's leading receiver as a junior and is considered the top college prospect in the City League this season.

Garner has family in the Wisconsin area.


Mike White can be reached at mwhite@post-gazette.com .


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