Pitt pursues former NC State commit

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers defense. One are of concern after the 2006 season was the safety position. It appears that a new name has entered the recruiting mix. Read on for details.

A year ago, North Carolina State signed a relatively strong 2006 football recruiting class. One of the better defensive players to sign with Wolfpack was safety Jordan Delegal (6-foot-1 inches, 195 pounds) from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, FL.

The hard hitting Delegal was excited to join the ACC program until he was derailed by academics. He was unable to receive the necessary scores to enroll at North Carolina State over the summer. Jordan was then told to stay patient and improve his academic status. Head Coach Chuck Amato and staff planned on enrolling him into the program in January. Instead of attending prep school, Delegal opted to stay home, take classes at a local community college and stay in shape.

Although Delegal remains close to the North Carolina State program, the changes that have taken place have forced him to start looking into other options. It appears that Pitt happens to be one of them.

Jordan registered 75 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries his senior season. Scout.com ranked him a "two-star" corernback.

"I still like North Carolina State a lot, but I'm looking into some options," stated Delegal. "I have talked with Coach (Charlie) Partridge about Pitt and I really would like to get up there and visit. I know they have Gus (Mustakas) and they have signed Xavier (Stinson). I have played with both of those guys."

Delegal lists Pitt, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Iowa amongst his favorites. He's capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash, bench press 280 pounds and squatting 450 pounds.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I have a very high knowledge of the game. I tape pride in film study and knowing what the other team is going to do. I'm a hard hitter and I'm physical. I like to think I'm a leader on and off the field."

"I hope to get a visit to Pitt set up really soon. I want to see what their program has to offer."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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