Junior ready to pull the Trigger

As Pittsburgh gears up for signing day and securing binding letters of intent from one of its best classes in the programs history, it is already preparing for 2007. The Panthers will hold their first junior day on February 25th and one local junior is already anticipating an offer and a commitment.

Chris Jacobson found an easy way to put himself on the map. The 6-foot-3, 285 pound, junior offensive lineman from Keystone Oaks in Pittsburgh, Pa., tangled with one of the top senior defensive tackles in the state John Malecki of Franklin Regional.


"It was a grudge match with him," Jacobson said. "He is the best defensive lineman I have faced. We are close to the same size so we matched up well against each other. He has good technique and he's strong, but I held my own."


Jacobson is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but he is fairly confident that one will be coming in the near future.


"Pitt is supposed to offer at their junior day February 25th. If they offer there's a 99% chance I will commit on the spot."


It's not often a junior talks about committing so early, so what is about Pitt that's makes them so attractive to this talented junior?


"Pitt is my hometown team. It's close to home and they are the first coaches that came to see me. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is an NFL guy coming into my school. I love UPMC, it's amazing."


Jacobson was basically a season ticket holder at Heinz Field this season.


"I went to every home game. The locker room is amazing."


Pitt will have competition for Jacobson from Penn State and West Virginia.


"West Virginia came in and requested tape. Penn State is supposed to come into the school tomorrow I believe. Pitt was here last week and I swear their here like twice a month."

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