Krupa discusses his Decision

The Pitt Panthers have picked up their sixth commit for the month of June and their fourth in the past three days as Florida prospect Nick Krupa and Erie Offensive Lineman Dan Matha both pledged to Pitt this morning. Krupa is a sleeper tight end prospect from Palm Beach County.

Nick Krupa a 6-4, 225-pound tight end from Santaluces High in Lantana, Fla., was at Pitt visiting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Apparently, he saw enough to make a decision as he gave the Panthers his verbal pledge today.

"They offered me after our spring game and we went up this week to visit and I committed," Krupa said. "The visit was great. Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. I had no idea that they shared facilities with the Steelers. The coaches there are great especially (Charlie) Partridge and (Matt) Cavanaugh."

"After talking to the players and my high school coach we felt the facilities at Pitt were unbeatable," Krupa explained. "The whole Steelers thing is what really put them over the top."

The Steel City is also very scenic and played a role in Krupa's decision.

"I loved all the trees and hils there and the rivers," he said. "I am big into fisihing and they had the Bassmasters Classic there last year."

It helped the Panthers cause that Steve Dell a former Santaluces player is on the squad.

"I was a sophomore when Steve was a senior," he said. "They have a lot of guys from Florida and palm beach County on the team. I liked that it makes you feel more comfortable."

Krupa says that the Panthers are recruiting two tight ends.

"They said they want a blocking tight end and an all-around tight end," he said. "I think I am an all-around tight end. I can run, catch, and block."

Krupa earned first team All-Conference honors as a junior. He estimates that he caught 17 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Pitt was he lone scholarship offer, but he was receiving heavy interest from miami, Auburn, UCLA, Northwestern, Stanford and North Carolina.

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