You can call Tony Harper a trailblazer of sorts. His commitment two weeks ago kicked off a string of six more Pitt commits this month, including four this week.
Now, Pitt's 2013 class sits at 11 verbal commits heading into July. Being a Panther for a little over two weeks, Harper says its been pretty easy getting to know his future teammates, despite not having seen most of them face-to-face.
"I've been keeping in touch with all the new commits, and just trying to get in touch with all of them," Harper said. "We all want to build a solid relationship with each other before we get to Pittsburgh."I didn't know any of them (before committing), but right after (committing) all the ones who were already committed got in touch with me--Facebook and Twitter. I got to know them all pretty quick. Now, we're just staying in touch."
Harper also feels a sense of relief just having his offer, and having his college decision done and out of the way. His main focus now is just getting ready for his senior season.
"It's just offseason lifting now, going into July," Harper added. " We have ten days in Ohio for practice; summer practice."
As a junior in 2011, Harper played primarily on defense, which is where he will line up for Pitt. He finished the season with 64 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 tackles for losses and five pass breakups.