A week after taking his official visit to Pittsburgh, Alex Officer felt there wasn't much more to think about. The three-star offensive lineman called up head coach Paul Chryst, and made his commitment to the Panthers.
"I just felt like it was the right place for me," Officer said. "I like the coaching staff, the linemen, the city. It just felt like the right place to go."
With his home just a few hours away from Pittsburgh, it might sound like location was a factor. Pitt's distance is far enough away, yet close to home. For Officer, proximity never factored in.
"Location was never a factor," Officer said. "It is just a few hours away. That's not too bad, but a lot of people (from home) can come see me play."
Looking ahead at Pitt's offensive line situation, the Panthers will have five offensive linemen in 2013 with starting experience, but will lose its two most decorated starters in Chris Jacobson and Ryan Turnley. With two other freshmen who took redshirts in 2012 (Adam Bisnowaty, Gabe Roberts), and an incoming freshman class of four so far (Aaron Reese, Carson Baker, Dorian Johnson, Alex Officer), Jim Hueber is going to have 15 scholarship offensive linemen to work with.
With two starting spots up for grabs, there's also a chance some of these freshmen can come in and be on the two-deep right away. Officer said either way, early playing time or taking a redshirt, he's fine.
"If playing early is a possibility, or even if I get redshirted, I'm just happy to work towards being a part of this future offensive line," Officer said.
Officer is more excited about working with the other three linemen in his class, developing with them, and developing with the rest of his 2013 recruiting class.
"I just like everything about Pitt," Officer said. "My class coming in is good, and we are looking forward to working towards big things."