Panthers Land first member of the Class of 2006

The aggressive approach and hard work that Dave Wannstedt and his University of Pittsburgh staff have put in finally paid off today. Wannstedt has made it a point to recruit Pennsylvania and recruit it hard, especially Western Pennsylvania. An hour ago the Panthers landed a very highly touted WPIAL linebacker, their first commitment for the class of 2006.

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway high school linebacker Dan Loheyde, 6-2 and 220 pounds, met with coach Wannstedt today. Loheyde was accompanied by his parents, and Gateway head coach Terry Smith.

"We had some small talk; I told him that I checked out some other schools. And that Pitt was the place for me," Loheyde said. "I'll be wearing the blue and gold, I'm a Panther." Coach Wannstedt was pretty surprised, but he was excited I committed.

What other schools did the Gateway standout checkout, and why did he choose Pittsburgh?

"I looked at Maryland, West Virginia, and Penn State," Loheyde said. "I am a Pittsburgh guy; I love the coaching staff here. This is the team I've grown up with; Pittsburgh is the place for me."

The Panthers are actively recruiting Loheyde's teammates Aaron smith and Chris Hanna; will Loheyde turn into a recruiter now?

"It's their decision, I may try and sway them a little bit," Loheyde said. "If they ask if they should go to Pitt of course I'll tell them they should."

When did Loheyde know that he wanted to be a Pittsburgh Panther?

"I felt it when they offered, and then when I went to their junior day (2/26) I knew that's where I wanted to be," Loheyde said.

During the 2004 season Loheyde registered 130 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and he blocked 2 kicks. For his efforts he was named first team All-Conference Quad Southwest, All-WPIAL Class AAAA Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, All-WPIAL Class AAAA Tribune-Review.

Here's a ScoutTV video presentation on Dan Loheyde.

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