The third came Thursday evening as Allendale (N.J.) Northern Highlands Regional offensive lineman Kevin Hughes gave the Panthers his verbal pledge.
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Hughes (6-4, 260, 5.4) becomes the second offensive lineman to verbal to
Pittsburgh's class of 2005 joining Burrell (Pa.) legacy John Brown.
Hughes recently scheduled an official visit to Pittsburgh for (12/10),
he was hoping to hold out until then but after talking it over with his
family he decided it was time to pull the trigger.
"We sat down and talked it over this week," said Hughes "In the end we
felt like Pittsburgh was the best option for me, so instead of waiting
for any other offers I committed."
Hughes was trying to commit earlier in the day, he could not get through
to coach Pete Carmichael who was recruiting him for Pittsburgh.
"I finally got in touch with him tonight at around 6:30 PM," said Hughes
"He was excited when I told him Pitt was where I wanted go. He said he
talk to me more when I get there for my official visit."
Northern Highlands is currently (3-6) this season, as they prepare for
their Thanksgiving battle with Pascack Valley (N.J.) Hughes plays
offensive guard, defensive tackle, and is also the teams long snapper.
So where does he fit in the Panther's plan?
"They really haven't said much about it, just that I'm coming in as an
Hughes like many others got to see the Panthers defeat Notre Dame on
national television over the weekend. Did the youngster come away
"That was an awesome game Pitt showed so much character and unity, they
wouldn't quit," said Hughes "They are (6-3) and on the rise, they have
one of the best young QB's in the country and I'm proud to be a part of
What did your parents say when you told them you wanted to go to
"I said all along that I'd like to stay on the east coast so they could
see me," said Hughes "They try to keep me level headed, but they were
really excited that I'm going to college to play football."
Did you discuss your plans with your high school coach?
"Coach Simonetti played a large part in my recruiting, he was always
talking to coach Carmichael," said Hughes "I told him I decided to go to
Pittsburgh and he was very proud of my decision."
Any plans for the family to watch "The Backyard Brawl" on Thanksgiving
"I definitely plan on watching that game."
Hughes is registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse he has a 2.8 GPA and
has a qualifying score on the SAT. He was receiving interest from
Rutgers and Buffalo at the time of his commitment.
NJ lineman heading to Pittsburgh
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