Nation's top tight end chooses the Panthers

Perhaps their highest rated recruit in possibly the last thirty years for the University of Pittsburgh just happened literally minutes ago. Five Star tight end Nate Byham has chosen the Panthers over 30 other programs.

Franklin (Pa.) tight end Nate Byham (6-3, 225, 4.65) just got off the phone with head Coach Dave Wannstedt and he announced his decision.

"I told him it was time to make my decision," Byham said. "I knew for a few weeks so I decided it was time to make it official."

Byham could have waited to be wined and dined by the nation's best but he wasn't interested.

"I wanted to get it out of the way before the season starts," he said. "Hopefully this will help pull in some more recruits. I think with me, Dorin Dickerson, and Jason Pinkston in the mix some kids are going to start paying attention to Pitt."

The Byham family is especially excited that Nate will stay.

"They're behind me and were very pumped up about it," he said.

Byham chose the Panthers over two other schools.

"The only schools I really thought about were Iowa and West Virginia, but I knew for a while it was Pittsburgh," he said.

Byham is currently at the end stages of the healing process from a fractured thumb he received at the pittsburgh 7-on-7 passing tournament.

"We start practice on Monday, the first two days are just in helmets when we do running and drill work," Byham said. "I'll be in just a helmet all week, the coaches don't want to take any chances with it."

So the magical question, is Byham done with the recruiting process?

"I'm not taking any other visits, I'm done."

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