OLB Britton Intrgiued by Gray Shirt Offer

Harrisburg (Pa.) High outside linebacker Chris Britton received a gray shirt offer from Pittsburgh, and he offered his thoughts on it. He also is being recruited by UConn.

The last few weeks have taken Harrisburg (Pa.) High linebacker Chris Britton aback.

He made official visits to FCS schools New Hampshire and Delaware State, and was thinking about making his college decision.

But those plans were thrown out of whack Wednesday when Pittsburgh offered the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Britton a gray shirt opportunity, which means he can enroll in January 2014 and be on scholarship. He is also being recruited by Connecticut.

"I kind of like it," Britton said of Pitt's offer. "I think it would benefit me and give me the chance to lift weights and get stronger, so it will help."

Britton, who had more than 100 tackles as a senior, is being recruited by Panthers assistant Bobby Engram.

"He's a nice guy," Britton said. "The Pitt coaches talked to my coach and he told me I had the offer."

Britton is in the process of setting up an official visit to Pittsburgh, and he is also discussing a possible trip to Connecticut. He has not been to either campus for a football visit, but he does have a few ties with the Panthers.

"It was my favorite for football and basketball programs," he said. "I haven't been to campus for anything for football, but I've been there for a basketball tournament. My cousin, Gilbert Brown, went to that school."

UConn assistant coach Hank Hughes is recruiting Britton, but he said he doesn't know much about the Huskies.

Temple is also looking at Britton, but he is a secondary option.

"Temple said that they're pretty much full on linebackers, but if anything opens up they'll let me," he said.

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