Dintino Selects Pitt
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Dintino Selects Pitt

Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.) defensive tackle Connor Dintino was offered by Pittsburgh over the weekend and Thursday night he acted on it. He committed to Pittsburgh and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about it.

Connor Dintino was being recruited by most schools to play center, so it was a bit of a surprise when Pittsburgh extended an offer a few days for him to play defensive tackle.

However, the position didn't really matter. Dintino, who preps at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., like the feel of the campus and the way he hit it off with the coaching staff, and committed to the Panthers on Thursday night.

"Everything was just a great fit for me," said Dintino, who is an all-American wrestler. "It's the coaching staff, I think it's a great community, the facilities are awesome and the education is just like my school."

The 6-foot-3 ½, 300-pound Dintino will play either nose guard or 3-technique for the Panthers.

He made 73 tackles, including two sacks, during his junior year, and the Pittsburgh staff noticed his ability during a camp performance.

"I think it was my speed, my hand movement, my athleticism," Dintino said. "I know the one thing that really stood out to (assistant) coach (John) Palermo when I first met him was he saw I was an all-American wrestler, and he was like, ‘You had me at all-American wrestler.' The wrestling has really helped me and opened a ton of doors."

Getting the Pittsburgh offer was one thing for Dintino, but visiting campus and seeing what the school was all about sealed his decision.

"When I went around campus, I saw I lot of resemblance to me school, and I love my school," said Dintino, who is from Mashpee, Mass. "My school means so much to me, and I think that is what I really noticed. It made me feel like home. I got to a boarding school, and it makes me feel like home.

"That's really what I started noticing, and then hanging out with the coaching staff in the afternoon, they're just really laid back. It was really cool because I was sitting in with coach (Paul) Chryst and we were just talking, and I don't think I could do that with some of the places. That really opened my eyes."

And whether Dintino plays nose guard or 3-technique doesn't matter.

"I've been playing football since seventh grade and I learned to love the game," he said. "I don't care where I'm going to play. I just want to play it. That's what it comes down to. I'm grateful enough to play at the college level."