NFL ties lure Davidson to Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is in need of quarterbacks, so to no one's surprise they have secured a verbal pledge from another quarterback for the class of 2006. The Panthers have already secured a pledge from promising signal caller Kevan Smith now they add to the mix a quarterback from the "Sunshine State".

Dexter Davidson is a quarterback prospect from South Florida that had several good offers to choose from, and he decided to take one of them this weekend.

"He committed to Pittsburgh yesterday," said North Broward Head Coach Maurice Dixon. "We called Coach Dave Wannstedt yesterday and gave him the official word. Dexter is a big Dan Marino fan, and he wanted to follow in his footsteps and go to Pittsburgh.. That was one of the big reasons. He likes what Coach Wannstedt has said about getting up to campus and getting on the field early and competing for playing time."

According to Dixon, Wannstedt's ties to the NFL have helped to play a big role.

"He knows what it takes to get his players prepared and get them ready for the next level."

Davidson chose Pittsburgh after heavy consideration of Kentucky and Louisville; any chance those teams get back in the mix?

Dexter is only going to take one visit. He'll go to Pittsburgh for the Notre Dame game and that's it."

Pittsburgh continues to be one of the biggest surprises and hottest teams in the country for the 2006 recruiting season.

Davidson (6-4, 215, 5.0) is coming off two outstanding seasons. As a sophomore in 2003, he completed 166 of 249 passes for 2,303 yards, 39 touchdowns (a Broward County single season record) and just eight picks. As a junior, he threw for 2.240 yards and 27 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. He's been an All-State pick in the small school ranks in each of the last two seasons. He also is a 3 year starter in basketball, averaging 13 points per game.

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