Panthers land Number Six

Dave Wannstedt has expanded his fence from Western Pennsylvania to the Eastern side of the state. The Panthers landed commitment number sixth this evening. The Panther previous verbals have all been products of the WPIAL, one of the states toughest conferences. Now they have done something they haven't had much success at and that's reaching the prospects in the Eastern half of the state.

"I called Coach [Paul] Dunn and I told him I wanted to commit to Pitt."

Those were the words that Slatington (Pa.) Northern Lehigh defensive end Tyler Tkach (6-3, 240, 4.9) echoed tonight as he became the University of Pittsburgh's sixth verbal pledge of the season.

"I was at camp and I was ready to do it then, but Coach [Charlie] Partridge told to think about it," Tkach said. "I went home and talked to my family and made my decision at about 10:00 PM tonight."

Tkach had offers from Pittsburgh, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech. What made him choose the Panthers?

"I just loved it there, Coach [Bob] Junko and Partridge are awesome I love the way they coach," Tkach said. "It just felt like home there."

Tkach is relieved that the recruiting process is over for him.

"I can now focus on my teammates and my senior season," Tkach said.

Pittsburgh had competition for Tkach in the form of the NC State Wolfpack.

"I saw NC State and Coach [Greg] Williams, and I really liked it there," Tkach said. "But Pitt was for me, like I said it feels like home there."

Tkach had 10 sacks as a junior he earned second team all-state Class AA honors, first team All-League, and first team All-Area honors as a junior.

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