Commit No. 23 For Pitt

Justin Moody said last week at the Semper-Fi game that Pitt was in the lead. He made it officially on Tuesday, giving the Panthers 23 commitments in the 2013 recruiting class.

Pitt added its fourth commitment in the last three weeks, as Philadelphia (PA) George Washington defensive tackle Justin Moody committed to the Panthers.

Despite five-star receiver Robert Foster committing to Alabama on December 21, the Panthers have picked up four other commitments, starting with New York offensive lineman Alex Officer (December 16), Florida corner James Julius (December 23), Clairton's Tyler Boyd (January 4) and now Moody.

"He had a nice week out (at the Semper-Fi game)," Northeast analyst Brian Dohn adds. "He got off the ball quick a few times. I think he needs to add size to be a DT, but I see a lot of upside in him after seeing him day after day."

Moody took his official visit to Pittsburgh last month. He had been planning other visits, such as one to Temple, but even from the sounds of things last week, Pittsburgh was always in the lead.

"It went real well, I am really interested in them," Moody I'd last week. "Coach Chryst and the defensive line coach (Inoke Breckterfield) is the best coach I talk to. It just felt like home."

As for making his commitment today, Moody said a lot of it had to deal with his comfort level with some of the other recruits in his class, as well as the coaching staff.

"The coaching staff, the school, players, and some of the commitments," Moody cited as the number-one factor. "They're doing something special.

"I knew one of them, and I knew one that was there with me, Jaryd (Jones-Smith). I know Matt Galambos, since i played against him. I don't think Jaryd is committed yet. Matt wasn't up there when I visited, but I knew him."

Location, being in-state and a reasonable drive for family and friends to come see him play, Moody says wasn't too much of a factor.

"It's a plus, but it wasn't really a factor," Moody said. "It wasn't really something I was looking at, but only a plus."

If there was another big plus, it would be the coaching staff. He likes position coach Inoke Breckterfield, but also says offensive line coach Jim Hueber was instrumental in his recruitment. With three commits in this class from Philadelphia who have acknowledged strong ties to Hueber--a Philadelphia native--we're starting to see Hueber as a strong recruiter in the area.

"Coach Hueber, he's wonderful, a wonderful person," Moody said. "He kept telling me, 'we want you, we're all fired up about you.' He wasn't like, 'you have to commit now.' I liked that."

As a senior, Moody finished the season with 65 tackles, 20 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 sacks. He earned first-team all-state and all-city honors.

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