Panthers Have Two Pledges For 2007

Valley Forge Military Academy cornerback Bryan Williams has already confirmed that he intends on honoring his verbal commitment to Pittsburgh in 2007, now the PantherDigest has learned the Panthers have another commitment.

It's been incredibly hard sitting on this story for the past three months, but we only had bits and pieces of it until recently. Now, we have confirmation that if everything goes as planned Pittsburgh has landed its second verbal commitment for the Class of 2007. The irony is the prospect had originally planned on going to Pittsburgh after his 2004 season and it had gone unreported.

Darel Strong, yes Panther fans the younger brother of Darrell Strong the sophomore tight end has informed us that he intends on attending Pittsburgh. Darel Strong graduated from Plantation, Fla., in 2005 and enrolled at fort Scott Junior College in Kansas. Strong then suffered a knee injury that derailed his plans.

"I was at Fort Scott and I hurt my knee, it was swollen, but the doctor said there was no ligament damage," Strong said. "Fort Scott wanted me to red shirt, so I transferred. I am planning on going to Pittsburgh, they said when I'm ready the offer is there. I plan on being there for spring practice in 2007."

Strong is currently attending Reedley Community College in Reedley, Cal. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound, defensive end last played a full season in 2004 for Plantation. That season he has more than 60 tackles and 10 sacks. How is it that he escaped everyone's radar?

"My coach really never let anyone talk to me; he told everyone that I was planning on going to Pittsburgh, which I was."

Strong will have the opportunity to play with his brother Darrell if all goes well.

"He'll be a senior when I get there; we played together in high school when I was a sophomore. He's the main reason why I want to go there. The coaches at Pitt really like me, and it's the only school I know. We've been waiting to play together, so now we will."

Darel Strong is no stranger to Pitt football; he's been to a few games and practices.

"I went to the South Florida games the last two years, and their spring game. I have been to a few practices."

In closing, Darel Strong is committed to Pittsburgh, but it won't be official until Pitt gets a better idea of when he will actually be there. If Strong graduates and enrolls in January 2007 he said he will have three years to play two for the Panthers.

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