Central Catholic’s Gannon Carothers hasn’t played the position of running back very long but he’s shown enough to earn the attention of the Pitt Panthers.
On Tuesday evening, Carothers (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) received a call from Pitt, who informed him that he’d earned a PWO/offer from his hometown team, which was his first offer of any sort. Carothers is coming off any outstanding performance against North Allegheny, where he rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Following his team’s practice last evening, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Carothers and got his immediate reaction to his news from Pitt.
“I first heard from Coach Karlo first, who hit me up on Twitter and asked for a phone call,” Carothers told PSN. “He then called me around 6 p.m. today (Tuesday) and wanted to offer me a PWO. He told me that they liked my playmaking ability and that I was definitely FBS material. He said they got on me a little late because I didn’t move to running back until my senior season. A lot of Central Catholic kids have gone to Pitt with PWO’s and then earned scholarships and he’s hoping that I’d be interested in heading in that direction.”
“Prior to this season, Eddy Tillman has played running back at Central since he was a sophomore so when I moved up to varsity as a sophomore, I immediately played wide receiver. Since Eddy was there, I have been playing wide receiver and defensive back the last two seasons. Now that Eddy is gone, they moved me to running back.”
Now that he’s playing running back full-time and doing extremely well, Carothers talked to us about his strengths and what’s going well for him this season.
GANNON'S GAME 💪
After totaling 3⃣0⃣0⃣ yards of offense and 4⃣ touchdowns in @PCC_FOOTBALL's 49-35 win over @PRRamsFootball last Friday, Vikings RB @GCarothersfb was named the @AHNtoday Player of the Game. 🏈https://t.co/mjNCSDn7dp pic.twitter.com/2eaSII9nDO
— 22 The Point (@22ThePoint) September 14, 2021
“I think I have natural running back capabilities and vision, probably more than people expected,” said Carothers. “I think I’ve also picked up the position faster than people probably thought I would. I also believe that I’m showing that I’m a running back and not just an athlete that was put there. I believe that I offer any program that I will attend effort, focus and whatever position I end up playing, I’ll try my best and master it and do what I need to do.”
Carothers is very thankful for this opportunity from the Panthers but doesn’t plan on making any decision until the end of his senior season.
”One of my best friends is going to attend Pitt next year and this is just a blessing for me to get this opportunity. It’s definitely a school that I’d love to go to.”
Carothers tells PSN that he’s currently talking to James Madison, Cornell, Youngstown State and Ohio State has called regarding a possible PWO opportunity.”
4 TD’s // 400 All Purpose Yards https://t.co/wFM9XtQHIf
— Gannon Carothers (@GCarothersfb) September 12, 2021