Panthers land top junior Lineman

Pittsburgh finished the 2006 recruiting season ranked as the nation's No. 11 rated team in the team rankings. That may be just the beginning for head coach Dave Wannstedt and recruiting coordinator Greg Gattuso as today the panthers staff lands one of the top offensive lineman in the class of 2007.

Chris Jacobson of Keystone Oaks high in Pittsburgh, Pa., has made it no secret that his allegiance lied at home with the Pittsburgh Panthers. The talented junior offensive lineman who will grade out as one of the top line prospects in the state and in the Northeast region made it official today as he announced his commitment to Dave Wannstedt.

"I actually told them about three weeks ago that I wanted to commit, but today I went down there and did it officially," Jacobson said. "I told Coach (Dave) Wannstedt that I was real excited and I would like to commit to you and to Pitt."

Jacobson, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, was a team captain as junior and earned First Team All-Conference honors on offense and defense. He was also selected as the team MVP. "Lumpy" as he is affectionately referred to by those who know him was blown away by the whole process.

"The coaches that recruited me (Gattuso), (Wannstedt), and (Junko), I like them all," he said. "It's awesome. To play for your hometown team is a wonderful thing. My parents, friends, family, and coaches can all be involved in my education and come and see me play."

His family is very important to Jacobson, and according to him they are still in shock.

"It was pretty breath taking for the," he said. "They didn't know it would happen this early. I guess overwhelmed would be a good word to use."

Jacobson burst onto the recruiting scene last season with a solid effort against one of the top players in the state and fellow Pitt recruit John Malecki. Jacobson finally got the chance to meet Malecki recently.

"I went up to him at the Pitt-WVU basketball game and introduced myself. I congratulated him on winning states. I'm sure I'll get to talk to him a few more times. It's great knowing I'll be playing with him."

Jacobson has already discussed the possibility of a red shirt with the Pitt staff.

"I may end up red shirting," he said. "We have talked about it. We'll just have to wait and see what happens."

Jacobson is now turning recruiter for the Panthers. ,p> "I'm trying to get my teammate Myles caragein to come with me, he also has an offer."

Jacobson was recently offered by West Virginia and he was receiving interest from Miami (Ohio.) and Penn State. He will be participating in the All-American Combine at the University of Pittsburgh on March 4.

Here are some junior highlight clips of Chris Jacobson.

#54 OL/DL Chris Jacobson Video 1
#54 OL/DL Chris Jacobson Video 2
#54 OL/DL Chris Jacobson Video 3

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