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Coach Dave Wannstedt Announces Pitt's 2008 Recruiting Class




Feb. 6, 2008

PITTSBURGH - Boasting a recruiting class considered one of the finest in the country and the best in the Big East, Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt announced today the signing of 19 prospects to National Letters of Intent.

Wannstedt made the announcement from the Panthers' locker room at Heinz Field, which was adorned with the jerseys of members of Pitt's recent recruiting classes, including All-America linebacker Scott McKillop and tailback LeSean McCoy, this past season's Big East Rookie of the Year.

"We felt it was appropriate to introduce our 2008 recruiting class in the place where they will spend their Saturdays over the next four years," Wannstedt said. "Looking at the jerseys in these lockers, we have been fortunate to recruit some outstanding young men to the University of Pittsburgh. We believe this year's class fits that same exceptional mold.

"We recruited with specific positional needs in mind and I'm very pleased with the end result. This was a total team effort by our coaching staff, players and campus community. They all do a great job when it comes to recruiting student-athletes to Pitt and our 2008 class is a prime example."

The Panthers' last two recruiting classes were rated among the nation's top 20 by most scouting services. The 2008 class figures to receive similar acclaim as it includes:

• Three U.S. Army Bowl All-Americans, including receiver Jonathan Baldwin, linebacker Shayne Hale and offensive lineman Lucas Nix. Baldwin, Hale and Nix are widely considered three of the top 50 overall prospects in the country.

• Thirteen players who were named to The Associated Press All-State Team in Pennsylvania.

• PrepStar All-American and two-time all-state honoree Chris Burns, considered the top running back in Pennsylvania this year.

• Pennsylvania's top cornerback, Jarred Holley, a two-time first team all-state selection and PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American.

• One of the greatest kick returners in WPIAL history and a national-caliber all-purpose back in Cameron Saddler.

• Two members of Pittsburgh Central Catholic's undefeated state championship team in PrepStar All-America quarterback Tino Sunseri and defensive back Andrew Taglianetti, the WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year.

• One of the country's elite specialists in Kevin Harper, rated among the top five high school placekickers nationwide.



Name Position Height Weight Hometown/High School/Junior College
Jonathan Baldwin WR 6-5 220 Aliquippa, Pa., Aliquippa
Chris Burns RB 5-11 190 New Wilmington, Pa., Wilmington Area
Greg Cross* QB 6-2 215 Brunswick, Ga., Glynn Academy, Fort Scott C.C. (Ks.)
Mike Cruz TE 6-5 270 Johnstown, Pa., Bishop McCort
Shayne Hale LB 6-4 240 Monroeville, Pa., Gateway
Kevin Harper PK 5-10 170 Mentor, Ohio, Mentor
Ronald Hobby* DB 5-10 175 Fort Washington, Md., Gwynn Park
Jarred Holley DB 5-10 170 Easton, Pa., Easton Area
Robb Houser* OL 6-2 285 Chico, Calif., Durham H.S., Butte College (Calif.)
Lucas Nix OL 6-6 300 Jefferson Hills, Pa., Thomas Jefferson
Antwuan Reed DB 5-10 180 Johnstown, Pa., Greater Johnstown
Cameron Saddler WR 5-7 170 Monroeville, Pa., Gateway
Mike Shanahan WR 6-5 220 North Huntingdon, Pa., Norwin
Tino Sunseri QB 6-0 200 Pittsburgh, Pa., Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Andrew Taglianetti DB 5-11 175 Bridgeville, Pa., Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Joe Trebitz LB 6-3 200 Boca Raton, Fla., West Boca Raton
Ryan Turnley OL 6-6 300 Aliquippa, Pa., Hopewell
Justin Virbitsky TE 6-4 240 Jermyn, Pa., Lakeland
Manny Williams LB 6-1 205 Clairton, Pa., Clairton
*Enrolled January '08

2008 Pitt Recruiting Class Breakdown

By Position:

Offensive Linemen -- 3 (Robb Houser, Lucas Nix, Ryan Turnley)

Wide Receivers -- 3 (Jonathan Baldwin, Cameron Saddler, Mike Shanahan)

Linebackers -- 3 (Shayne Hale, Joe Trebitz, Manny Williams)

Defensive Backs -- 4 (Ronald Hobby, Jarred Holley, Antwuan Reed, Andrew Taglianetti)

Running Backs -- 1 (Chris Burns)

Quarterbacks -- 2 (Greg Cross, Tino Sunseri)

Tight Ends -- 2 (Mike Cruz, Justin Virbitsky)

Placekicker -- 1 (Kevin Harper)

By State:

Pennsylvania -- 14 (WR Jonathan Baldwin, RB Chris Burns, TE Mike Cruz, LB Shayne Hale, DB Jarred Holley, OL Lucas Nix, DB Antwuan Reed, WR Cameron Saddler, WR Mike Shanahan, QB Tino Sunseri, DB Andrew Taglianetti, OL Ryan Turnley, TE Justin Virbitsky, LB Manny Williams)

California -- 1 (OL Robb Houser)

Florida -- 1 (LB Joe Trebitz)

Georgia -- 1 (QB Greg Cross)

Maryland -- 1 (DB Ronald Hobby)

Ohio -- 1 (PK Kevin Harper)

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, 6-5, 220, Aliquippa, Pa., Aliquippa One of the country's elite receiver prospects and multi-sport stars...selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...SuperPrep All-American and Northeast Offensive Player of the Year...PrepStar "Dream Team"...Scout.com All-American...rated one of the country's top 40 overall prospects by SuperPrep (No. 14), Scout (No. 20), Rivals, (No. 26) and PrepStar (No. 38)...among national receiver prospects, was rated No. 3 by SuperPrep, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 6 by Scout...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team)...rated the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep, Rivals, Scout and Keystone Recruiting...rated No. 3 on Scout's East Top 100 list...had 41 receptions for 613 yards (14.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns as a senior...compiled 62 catches for 1,083 yards (17.5 avg.) and 14 touchdowns his final two years...helped team to a combined 19-4 record (.826) as a junior and senior, including berths in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs each season...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...played under Coach Mike Zmijanac...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...in addition to being a national football recruit, also had several Division I scholarship offers in basketball, including Marquette...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 10" honoree in basketball...was averaging more than 24 points per game through January of his senior year...averaged more than 21 points per game as a junior...an AAU basketball teammate of fellow Pitt recruit Mike Shanahan...in his first year of competing in track as a junior, finished third in the 100-meter dash at the PIAA Class AA championship meet, clocking in at 11.03 seconds...also was a member of the Quips' PIAA champion 400-meter relay team...father Jeffrey Baldwin was a defensive lineman at Pitt from 1981-84...Jonathan becomes the latest in a long line of Aliquippa products to sign with Pitt, including redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Lindsey...other recent Quips at Pitt include cornerback Darrelle Revis (2004-06), who now plays for the New York Jets, defensive lineman Sean Gilbert (1989-91), who went on to a decade-long career in the NFL, and All-Big East cornerback Bernard "Josh" Lay (2002-05)...legendary pro and college Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is another Aliquippa product who played at Pitt (1958-60).

Chris Burns, RB, 5-11, 190, New Wilmington, Pa., Wilmington Area Prolific rusher widely considered the top running back in Pennsylvania...was a two-time member of The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team...named first team all-state at running back as a senior after rushing for 2,234 yards on 257 carries (8.7 avg.) and scoring 38 total touchdowns...was a second-team all-state pick as a junior at cornerback...rated one of the country's top 15 running backs by Scout (No. 14) and Rivals (No. 15)...PrepStar All-American...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...rated No. 22 on Scout's East Top 100 list...rushed for 4,043 career yards...established Wilmington Area records for single-season rushing yards (2,234), single-season touchdowns (38) and career TDs (71)....led all Lawrence County players in rushing yards, rushes and scoring his final two seasons...District 10 Region 3 Player of the Year...All-District 10...WKBN-TV Player of the Year honoree...led the Greyhounds to a three-year record of 36-5 (.878), including three trips to the District 10 playoffs, two district championships and two PIAA playoff berths...Wilmington went 13-2 his senior year, winning its second consecutive District 10 title and advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinals...rated Pennsylvania's No. 8 prospect by Scout, No. 11 by Rivals and Keystone Recruiting, and No. 19 by SuperPrep...played under Coach Terry Verrelli.

Greg Cross, QB, 6-2, 215, Brunswick, Ga., Glynn Academy, Fort Scott C.C. (Ks.) The nation's No. 2 junior-college quarterback according to Rivals...rated one of the country's top 50 JUCO prospects overall by SuperPrep....joined Pitt in January with junior eligibility and will participate in spring drills...two-time All-Jayhawk Conference selection...was named the 2007 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year and NJCAA Region VI Offensive MVP...rated the No. 2 player overall in the region...Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American...paced the Jayhawk Conference in passing yards (2,127) and total offense (2,529)...accounted for 23 touchdowns (17 passing and six rushing)...ranked third nationally in total offense in the JUCO ranks, averaging 233 yards per game...Cross led a rejuvenation of Fort Scott's football program...prior to his arrival, Fort Scott lost its prior 24 contests...in his two seasons as the team's starting quarterback, Fort Scott went 16-8, won two conference titles and advanced to two bowl games... Fort Scott went 9-3 in 2007, the program's best record since 1973, and played in the Valley of the Sun Bowl, where Cross threw two touchdowns and ran for an 85-yard score...played under Coach Jeff Sims at Fort Scott.

Mike Cruz, TE, 6-5, 270, Johnstown, Pa., Bishop McCort Highly regarded tight end prospect who adds to Pitt's growing Johnstown pipeline...three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Bishop McCort...had 11 receptions for 242 yards (22.0 avg.) and five touchdowns his senior year...as a defensive lineman, compiled 43 tackles and three sacks...had a successful senior season despite coming off a significant knee injury late in his junior year...played the final three games of his junior campaign with a torn ACL and MCL...posted career receiving numbers of 43 catches for 572 yards (13.3 avg.) and 12 TDs...defensively had 117 tackles and 12 sacks for his career...Tribune-Democrat All-Area Team...rated No. 71 on Scout's East Top 100 list...rated Pennsylvania's No. 17 prospect by SuperPrep, No. 20 by Keystone Recruiting, No. 21 by Rivals and No. 29 by Scout... SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...considered one of the country's top 30 tight end prospects by Rivals...led Bishop McCort to one of its most successful three-year periods in school history...team went 32-7 (.821) during Cruz's three varsity seasons, including two district championships and a pair of PIAA playoff berths...played under Coach Ken Salem...joins fellow Bishop McCort product Wayne Jones, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman at Pitt.

Shayne Hale, LB, 6-4, 240, Monroeville, Pa., Gateway Earned status as one of the country's top defensive players during his highly accomplished career at Gateway...first team All-USA selection by USA Today...SuperPrep All-American...PrepStar "Dream Team"...Scout.com All-American...rated one of the nation's top 50 overall prospects by SuperPrep (No. 21), Scout (No. 38) and PrepStar (No. 44)...rated the nation's No. 2 linebacker prospect by SuperPrep and No. 3 defensive end prospect by Scout...selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he announced his decision to attend Pitt during NBC's live telecast...two-time first-team selection to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team...rated Pennsylvania's No. 3 overall prospect by SuperPrep, No.4 by Scout, No. 5 by Keystone Recruiting and No. 6 by Rivals...rated No. 7 on Scout's East Top 100 list...three-year starter at Gateway...played defensive end and linebacker his senior season and compiled 114 tackles, 25 tackles for losses, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups...was also a devastating blocker at fullback...led Gateway to a 24-11 mark (.686) during his career, including three WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...the Gators went 11-2 his senior season, capturing the "Big East" Conference championship and advancing to the WPIAL title game...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...played under Coach Terry Smith...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...one of two Gateway products to sign with Pitt in 2008, joining receiver Cameron Saddler...they will join two other Gateway graduates at Pitt, sophomore linebacker Dan Loheyde and redshirt freshman receiver Aaron Smith.

Kevin Harper, PK, 5-10, 170, Mentor, Ohio, Mentor Considered one of the country's top kicking prospects...rated the nation's No. 5 kicker by Scout and No. 9 by Rivals...rated No. 2 on Rivals' "strongest leg" listing...named to The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio Team (first team)...converted 17-of-25 field goals (.680) as a senior, including kicks of 61 and 58 yards...his 61-yarder set a state record...converted 58-of-61 extra points (.951)...averaged 41 yards per punt...80% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks (64 touchbacks on 80 kickoffs)...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...All-Lake Erie League...All-Lake County...Northeast Lakes All-District...as the team's starting placekicker, helped Mentor to a 24-5 mark (.828) his final two seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the Ohio Division I championship game...played under Coach Steve Trivisonno.

Ronald Hobby, DB, 5-10, 175, Fort Washington, Md., Gwynn Park Speedy multi-purpose back who was considered one of Maryland's top prospects... a December high school graduate who enrolled at Pitt in January...will participate in spring drills...was a 2½-year starter at receiver and cornerback for Gwynn Park...has been clocked at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash...averaged an impressive 26.1 yards per catch as a senior receiver, compiling 26 receptions for 678 yards and seven touchdowns...compiled 51 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries at cornerback...first team All-Prince Georges County...Gwynn Park went 31-5 during his three varsity seasons, including two regional playoff berths...his sophomore year Hobby helped his team to the Maryland 3A state championship with a 14-0 record...rated the Mid-Atlantic region's No. 12 prospect by Scout and No. 26 by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Atlantic Region...rated Maryland's No. 14 prospect by Rivals...played under Coach Danny Hayes.

Jarred Holley, DB, 5-10, 170, Easton, Pa., Easton Area One of the country's outstanding cornerback prospects...SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American...rated the nation's No.13 cornerback by Rivals and No. 15 defensive back by SuperPrep...two-time first-team selection to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team...rated the state's No. 9 overall prospect by Rivals and SuperPrep and No. 13 by Scout...rated No. 42 on Scout's East Top 100 list...had a school-record 21 interceptions during his career...was a versatile performer for Easton Area, playing receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback...four-time selection to the Express-Times and Morning Call all-area teams...four-time All-Lehigh Valley Conference selection...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...two-time Maxwell Football Club Mini Max Award recipient...compiled career statistics of 2,102 rushing yards, 1,232 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns...had five of his 21 career picks as a senior, including three against rival Phillipsburg (N.J.) on Thanksgiving Day...Easton Area National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete...four-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense...led Easton to four district playoff berths...also earned four letters in baseball and three in basketball...selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Steve Shiffert.

Robb Houser, OL, 6-2, 285, Chico, Calif., Durham H.S., Butte College (Calif.) Top 100 junior-college prospect...considered one of the best offensive linemen in the California JUCO ranks...joined Pitt in January with junior eligibility and will participate in spring drills...two-time All-NorCal Conference selection...all-region honoree...two-year starter on Butte's offensive line, playing center...rated the nation's No. 2 JUCO center prospect by Scout...helped the Roadrunners rush for nearly 2,000 yards in 11 games his final season...helped Butte to a 7-4 mark, including a 61-33 victory over Delta College in the Stockman's Bank Bowl...played under Butte coach Jeff Jordan, a former graduate assistant at Pitt in 1997.

Lucas Nix, OL, 6-6, 300, Jefferson Hills, Pa., Thomas Jefferson Nationally coveted lineman prospect who was a dominant two-way performer for perennial power Thomas Jefferson High...Parade All-American...PrepStar "Dream Team"...SuperPrep All-American...selected to play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...rated one of the top 50 players in the country by PrepStar (No. 22), Scout (No. 28), Rivals (No. 39) and SuperPrep (No. 43)...two-time first-team selection on The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team at defensive tackle...rated Pennsylvania's No. 3 overall prospect by Rivals, Scout and Keystone Recruiting...rated one of the top 10 offensive tackle prospects in the country by Scout (No. 5) and Rivals (No. 9)...No. 7 offensive lineman by SuperPrep...is the No. 5 overall prospect on Scout's East Top 100 list...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year...compiled 67 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown his senior year...as an offensive lineman, Nix paved the way for a 1,500-yard rusher...four-year starter for Thomas Jefferson and was part of three WPIAL Class AAA championships and two PIAA titles during his career...as a senior led the Jaguars to a 16-0 record and their second PIAA title in four seasons...Thomas Jefferson went 55-5 (.917) during his four varsity seasons...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...Pitt and Thomas Jefferson have extensive ties...Lucas' brother Nate is a sophomore linebacker at Pitt...Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak was a standout offensive lineman for the Panthers from 1985-89...additionally, former Jaguars star Dom DeCicco is a sophomore defensive back at Pitt.

Antwuan Reed, DB, 5-10, 180, Johnstown, Pa., Greater Johnstown Two-time first-team selection to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team as a running back...rushed for 4,276 yards in his high school career, averaging 8.5 yards per carry, and scored 55 total touchdowns...as a senior, Reed rushed for 1,915 yards on 220 carries (8.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns...averaged an amazing 36.7 yards per catch (257 yards on seven catches) and had four TD receptions...his 26 total TDs and 158 points led all Johnstown area performers...rushed for 348 yards and four touchdowns and also had a receiving TD against Richland as a senior...had 328 yards and four TDs against Penn Cambria...also rushed for 292 yards on 28 carries (10.4 avg.) and scored six touchdowns against Somerset...as a junior, rushed for 1,461 yards on 142 carries - an average of 10.3 yards per carry - and scored 15 TDs and four two-point conversions...played safety on defense and compiled 180 tackles, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two defensive TDs for his career...named The Tribune-Democrat Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...three-time selection to The Tribune-Democrat All-Area Team...rated the No. 14 prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout, No. 28 by Keystone Recruiting and No. 31 by Rivals...considered the country's No. 18 cornerback prospect by Scout...PrepStar All-East Region...rated No. 37 on Scout's East Top 100 list...played under Coach Kevin Marabito...will join two fellow Greater Johnstown products at Pitt, including senior running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and sophomore offensive lineman Scott Corson.

Cameron Saddler, WR, 5-7, 170, Monroeville, Pa., Gateway Western Pennsylvania speedster who is rated the No. 8 all-purpose player in the country by Rivals...considered one of the best kick returners in WPIAL history, returning seven kickoffs for touchdowns over his final two seasons at Gateway, one short of a national record...despite teams rarely kicking to him his senior year, Saddler averaged 30.7 yards per kick return and 25.1 yards per punt return...rushed for 1,706 yards on 236 carries (7.2 avg.)...as a senior compiled 2,299 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns, including 24 rushing, three receiving and four on returns (two kickoffs and two punts)...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team) in the specialist category...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-year starter at Gateway, playing running back and defensive back...led Gateway to a 24-11 mark (.686) during his career, including three WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...the Gators went 11-2 his senior season, capturing the "Big East" Conference championship and advancing to the WPIAL title game...scored on a hook-and-lateral play in the waning seconds of the WPIAL title game to force overtime...the TD was named ESPN's "Play of the Month" for November 2007...rated Pennsylvania's No. 10 prospect by Rivals, No. 12 by Scout and Keystone Recruiting and No. 18 by SuperPrep...rated No. 35 on Scout's East Top 100 list...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region...rated the nation's No. 27 running back by Scout...played under Coach Terry Smith... selected to play in the Big 33 Classic...one of two Gateway products to sign with Pitt in 2008, joining linebacker Shayne Hale...they will join two other Gateway graduates at Pitt, sophomore linebacker Dan Loheyde and redshirt freshman receiver Aaron Smith.

Mike Shanahan, WR, 6-5, 220, North Huntingdon, Pa., Norwin Rangy receiver who was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...a Division I prospect in both football and basketball at Norwin...on the strength of an exceptional senior year, chose to pursue football in college...averaged 19.8 yards per catch with 37 receptions for 731 yards...scored 13 touchdowns...compiled 107 catches for more than 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns for his career...as a safety, posted career statistics of 100 tackles and nine interceptions, including two picks returned for TDs...also had two punt returns for scores...caught five touchdowns in a single game vs. Gateway and also had a 98-yard TD reception vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic...led team to the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs each of his final two seasons...team went 7-4, advancing to the WPIAL quarterfinals his senior season...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-time first team All-Foothills Conference...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Dan Conwell...rated Pennsylvania's No. 16 overall prospect by Scout, No. 21 by SuperPrep, No. 24 by Keystone Recruiting and No. 37 by Rivals...rated No. 52 on Scout's East Top 100 list...PrepStar All-East Region...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...as a basketball standout, averaged 17.5 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists per game as a junior...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 10" honoree in basketball...an AAU basketball teammate of fellow Pitt recruit Jonathan Baldwin.

Tino Sunseri, QB, 6-0, 200, Pittsburgh, Pa., Pittsburgh Central Catholic Athletic quarterback prospect who guided nearby Pittsburgh Central Catholic to a 16-0 record and the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAAA championships as a senior...the PrepStar All-American threw 23 touchdown passes against just four interceptions on the year...overall Sunseri completed 110-of-200 passes (55%) for 1,960 yards...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (second team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...rated the nation's No. 24 quarterback by Rivals and Scout...rated Pennsylvania's No. 22 overall prospect by Keystone Recruiting, No. 26 by Rivals and Scout and No. 30 by SuperPrep...rated No. 91 on Scout's East Top 100 list...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...played under Coach Terry Totten...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...father Sal was a standout linebacker at Pitt, lettering from 1979-81, and earning first-team All-America honors his senior year...Sal, who also graduated from Central Catholic, was on Pitt's coaching staff from 1984-92 and currently is the defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers...Tino is one of two Central Catholic players to sign with the Panthers this year, joining defensive back Andrew Taglianetti...other Central Catholic products on Pitt's roster include junior linebacker Shane Murray and junior tight end John Pelusi.

Andrew Taglianetti, DB, 5-11, 175, Bridgeville, Pa., Pittsburgh Central Catholic Specialized in making big plays for Pittsburgh Central Catholic's undefeated state champion team...averaged 11.3 yards per carry, compiling 1,161 yards and 12 touchdowns on 103 attempts...averaged 24.7 yards per catch on 17 receptions for 420 yards...also had five interceptions as a defensive back...played versatile roles, lining up at receiver, running back, cornerback and returning punts and kicks...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...led Central Catholic to a 16-0 record and the PIAA and WPIAL Class AAAA championships...rated the No. 32 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep and No. 43 by Scout...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...played under Coach Terry Totten...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...father, Peter, was an NHL player for the Pittsburgh Penguins...Andrew is one of two Central Catholic players to sign with the Panthers this year, joining quarterback Tino Sunseri...other Central Catholic products on Pitt's roster include junior linebacker Shane Murray and junior tight end John Pelusi.

Joe Trebitz, LB, 6-3, 200, Boca Raton, Fla., West Boca Raton Versatile linebacker prospect who played inside and outside during his high school career...South Florida Sun-Sentinel first-team All-County selection...started every game in West Boca Raton's four-year history...led the team in tackles for four straight seasons...four-year starter at linebacker and three-year starter at fullback...as a senior compiled 115 tackles, four sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...led team to a combined 16-7 mark over his junior and senior seasons, including two Florida 4A playoff berths...team went 9-2 his junior year, earning the first state playoff berth in school history... selected to play in the Outback Senior All-Star Game...three-time West Boca Raton defensive MVP...Principal's Award for academic achievement...played under Coach Willie Dodaro, a Western Pennsylvania native.

Ryan Turnley, OL, 6-6, 300, Aliquippa, Pa., Hopewell Big offensive line prospect who was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team) despite a senior season hindered by a shoulder injury...All-Parkway Conference...two-year starter at offensive tackle for Hopewell and a three-year varsity letterman...rated one of the top 40 prospects in Pennsylvania by Scout (No. 31) and Rivals (No. 40)...PrepStar All-East Region...helped team to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and a 9-2 record as a junior...played under Coach Dave Vestal...joins fellow Hopewell product Craig Bokor, a junior defensive lineman at Pitt...Hopewell also produced Pitt's legendary Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, who won the 1976 Heisman Trophy and led the Panthers to the national championship that same season.

Justin Virbitsky, TE, 6-4, 240, Jermyn, Pa., Lakeland Four-year varsity letterman and three-year starter at Lakeland...started his final three seasons at both tight end and defensive end...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team) as a defensive lineman...compiled 56 solo tackles and four sacks as a senior...had 58 tackles as a junior...playing in a run-oriented offense, averaged 18.9 yards per catch his final two seasons (12 catches for 227 yards) with three touchdowns...two-time first team all-conference and all-region...WNEP-TV "Dream Team"...rated the No. 45 prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout...helped Lakeland to two District 2 Class AA championships and four playoff berths during his career...the Chiefs went a combined 40-11 (.784) during his four varsity seasons...played under Coach Dan Case.

Manny Williams, LB, 6-1, 205, Clairton, Pa., Clairton Athletic and hard-hitting linebacker prospect who thrived on both sides of the ball at Clairton...as a senior strong safety had 82 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble return for a TD...averaged an amazing 16.3 yards per carry at fullback, carrying 26 times for 424 yards and 13 touchdowns...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State Team (first team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-time All-Eastern Conference selection...three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Clairton...started at outside linebacker and tight end as a junior and sophomore...led Clairton to a combined 24-3 record (.889) his final two seasons...team went 10-2 his senior year and advanced to the WPIAL Class A playoffs...the Bears went 14-1 his junior season, capturing the WPIAL Class A title and advancing to the PIAA semifinals...rated Pennsylvania's No. 21 overall prospect by Scout, No. 23 by Keystone Recruiting, No. 26 by SuperPrep and No. 33 by Rivals...rated No. 44 on Scout's East Top 100 list... SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region... rated the nation's No. 24 safety prospect by Scout...played under Coach Tom Nola.