Tommie Duhart: "I'm a Pitt Panther"

The University of Pittsburgh had landed an abundance of talent in its touted recruiting class of 2007. One of the top defensive players to commit to Pitt is Tommie Duhart from Coffeyville Community College (El Dorado, KS). Duhart recently scheduled an official visit with Florida and the decided to ask about his status.

University of Pittsburgh football fans are well aware of Head Coach Dave Wannstedt's attempts to rebuild the Panthers beleaguered defense. One of the key building blocks happens to be class of 2007 addition Tommie Duhart (6-foot-5 inches, 290 pounds) from Coffeyville Community College in El Dorado, KS.

Panther fans were thrown into frenzy when they discovered that Duhart was set to visit the University of Florida on January 19th. The timing of the announced visit was a bit ironic considering the recent interview with Community College Defensive Coordinator Bob Majeski and Defensive Line Coach Sean Cherico.

In the article, Tommie Duhart: A Special Player, Coach Majeski indicated that a myriad of upper echelon football programs attempted to sway Duhart from his commitment to Pitt. He stated "Pitt fans need to know that Tommie could have played for any team in the SEC, ACC, etc. We had a ton of coaches come through here and ask to speak with him. Tommie never wavered from his commitment to Pitt. He always told me "Coach, I'm heading to Pittsburgh." There aren't many players that do that anymore. He's has a tremendous amount of integrity. He honors his commitment."

The decided to contact Duhart to discover if he was in the process of a de-commitment.

"Oh no, I'm fully committed to Pitt," stated Duhart. "I'm flattered that the fans were that concerned about me. I did set the visit but I just want to check it out. I committed to Pitt and I plan on being there next year. My goal is to start from my very first game."

Duhart is having an outstanding season for the Ravens. He has registered 16 solo tackles, 27 assisted tackles, 10 tackles for a loss (46 total lost yards), 6 ½ sacks (33 total lost yards), 12 quarterback hurries, 4 batted balls, 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 blocked field goals. Tommie will have three years of eligibility at Pitt.

"My year at Coffeyville has really helped me. I feel like I'm a better player and ready to contribute in college. I know the coaches from Pitt are coming to visit me tomorrow and I'll be telling them the same thing I'm telling you now. I never planned on turning my back to the Panthers. Besides that, I'm not sure if Rashaad (Duncan) would let me go to another school. I can't wait to get to Pittsuburgh."

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