Briggs Makes The Call

Pitt gained its third commitment in four days as Shady Side Academy running back Dennis Briggs joined the 2014 class. Pitt was his top school all along, and he says his commitment was simply a formality. Pitt now has four verbal commitments for its 2014 recruiting class.

It wasn't that difficult a choice for Dennis Briggs to make. He knew Pittsburgh was where he wanted to be all along.

Tuesday, he called head coach Paul Chryst to let him know he was going to be a Panther.

"First of all, it was always my dream to play at Heinz Field," Briggs said. "As far as colleges went, you get a free education. Pitt is a great education, a great school."

Chryst and his staff made contact with Briggs once spring football got underway. Even after coming in for his first spring practice, and even before the Panthers eventually offered, he had a good feeling.

"It's been since track season started, and when I was getting down there for a couple spring practices," Briggs said. "I always had a good feeling when I went down there. It's in my own backyard. I spent a good amount of time with the coaches. Everything was lining up."

Briggs said the fact that he can focus strictly on his senior year is a minor factor, but says that will be nice too. Though he did receive a couple more offers after his Pitt offer, and though he expects more schools could come in, it's still nice to simply have the decision out of the way.

"The recruiting process was so kind to me, my dreams coming true," Briggs added. "Now, it's about playing at a whole other level, a whole other journey, getting ready to be on the field.

"I'm happy about it. I'm just going to take it easy. My coach (Dave Havern), told me other people might want to recruit me. I'm 100 percent committed. I'm not going to anymore camps. I'm ready to compete with my team."

As an added bonus, former Shady Side standout Reggie Mitchell will be transferring in from Wisconsin. Briggs says that is just that--a bonus--and that Mitchell's decision to transfer back home had little or no effect on when he too would become a Panther.

"That was just a bonus," Briggs added. "I knew I wanted to go to Pitt even before the offer. I had a good feeling all along. I felt with Reggie coming, other guys, other friends I know who are going to school there, it made it that much better."

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