For a second time in the last month, Paul Chryst has received a verbal commitment from a player on his official visit. Only this time, they got two commitments.
Canton (OH) McKinley linebacker Jamal Davis announced on Saturday, he was committing to the Panthers.
"Just committed to Pitt!!!," Davis tweeted shortly before 2 pm on Saturday afternoon.
Davis is the 23rd commitment to the 2014 recruiting class, the fourth from the state of Ohio. He joins Marion quarterback Adam Bertke, Reading defensive end Shane Roy and Hilliard-Davidson corner Phillipie Motley.
It is believed he is the first commit out of Canton-McKinley since offensive lineman Tim Robbins signed with the Panthers in 1993.
Davis helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 record, playing both tight end and linebacker, where he was one of his team's leading tacklers. In this recruiting class, Davis joins Quintin Wirginis at the linebacker positions. Safeties Jalen Williams and Patrick Amara could also be movie to linebacker, or in to a hybrid role once they get here.
Davis is part of a big official visitor weekend, which includes several other committed prospects such as Alex Bookser and Patrick Amara.
Roughly an hour after Davis made a commitment to Pitt public, the Panthers added Philadelphia (PA) defensive lineman Hez Trahan. Trahan came in earlier this season for the Notre Dame game, on an unofficial visit. A three-year starter at Roman Catholic, Trahan had offers from Massachusetts and James Madison.
Pitt now has 24 commits in the 2014 recruiting class. With 17 players graduated from the 2013 team, Pitt would have 90 scholarship players if the season started today, meaning the roster will be trimmed by at least five players due to the usual attrition.