Howard Makes Number Eight

Titus Howard is Pitt's eighth verbal commit for 2013. Since 2008, the Panthers have signed three former Clairton standouts.

Titus Howard kept the Clairton tradition going. For a third time in the last four recruiting classes, a Clairton prospect has given Pitt a verbal commitment.

In 2010, it was Kevin Weatherspoon who gave Pitt a verbal commitment. At this very camp last year, it was Trenton Coles. Today, the 6-2 corner/safety Howard committed to the Panthers. He informed Sunday afternoon of his commitment.

Sunday night, Howard said it felt like the right thing to do--commit to Pitt at its passing game, after his team defeated Thomas Jefferson to claim one of the team trophies for a second year in a row. As for why, it was hard to put a finger on it--other than Pitt just felt right..

"I had a feeling I was going to commit today," Howard said, "I didn't know for sure it would be today, but it felt right."

Another thing that felt right was his relationship with receivers coach Bobby Engram and secondary coach Matt House. Now, Howard adds there won't be a bidding war between the two coaches to have his services. Engram was his recruiting coach. When Engram found that Howard liked the Panthers as much as he did, he quickly introduced him to House, who will be Howard's position coach in the secondary.

"The coaching staff, they were excited," Howard said, when he told them his good news. "(Engram and House) ran down the hallway to get Coach Chryst. That's how excited they were."

In addition to coaches, Howard says he already feels a big part of the Pitt class. He's close with other local standouts who have committed, such as Zach Challingsworth and Jaymar Parrish. Asked to describe his skillset, and what he plans to bring to the team, Howard offered the following:

"I feel like my press game is real good," Howard said. "I can get my hands on receivers and mess up their routes real good. I'm lengthy."

His Clairton team finished with a perfect 16-0 record, and another PIAA Class A state championship. As further proof of Howard's ability to step up in the big game, he recorded five interceptions in the 16-game season. Just one of those interceptions came in the regular season; the first nine games. The other four came during his team's seven-game playoff run. Though he played primarily as a defensive player, Howard caught three passes for 129 yards in a limited role on offense.

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