Pitt Adds Second QB

Many recruiting observers felt that the arrival of Dave Wannstedt to the Big East would change the national recruiting landscape. With his NFL ties, his connections to Florida and a tremendous home talent base, the sky was allegedy the roof for Wannstedt and his new staff.

One thing that is for sure, 6 months into the job, Wannstedt hasn't changed anyone's perception.

The new Pittsburgh head coach added to his already impressive list of commitments by heading to the sunshine state and taking another top prospect.

"We (Dexter's coach and father) sat down last night and made the decision to go ahead and commit," Dexter Davdison said. "I really saw no reason why I needed to wait any longer. They are a school I really was excited about offering me and they have everything I really want."

The 6-foot-4, 235 pound quarterback has been getting tutored by the legendary, Dan Marino, Davidson felt the opportunity to follow in his teacher's footsteps would be an experience too good to pass up.

"Mr. Marino has been coming into town to help me with my foot work and playing under center," Davidson said. "I needed a lot of work under center, because my sophomore year, we were playing so much out of the shotgun that I didn't know how to take a snap and do the drops. Mr. Marino has really helped me and Mike (Marino) during the summer months. Now we do around 25% under center in our offense now, as opposed to before."

"I'm very honored to be able to play where he played," Davidson added, "he's been someone I'd like to mirror throughtout my career. I'm looking forward to following in his footsteps."

In addition to Marino, the Coconut Creek (Fla) native will get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks in school history in Tyler Palko.

"It will be great," Davidson stated. "I'm looking forward to getting up there for the Notre Dame game and meeting everybody for myself."

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.

"My main thing is to continue working on my footwork," said Davidson. "I know what I have to do … right now that is the one part of my game that needs the most work. Along with footwork I need to improve my five and seven step drops. I have worked a lot in the gun and have not had a lot of time to work on that part of my game."

Davidson is just the second commitment from outside the state of Pennsylvania, but is the 14th commitment overall for Wannstedt's Panthers.


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