Pitt ready to host blue-chip cornerback

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, arguably the Panthers top defensive player in 2006, recently decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to add one or two more quality defensive backs to the class of 2007. It appears an excellent candidate will visit Pitt this weekend.

Talented cornerback Sherod Murdock from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL verbally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide in June and believed that the recruiting process was over. When Alabama opted to fire Head Coach Mike Shula after leading the Tide to a mediocre 6-6 record, he decided to re-open the recruiting process.

"I'm open at this point and I have a strong interest in Pittsburgh. I have never been there and I'm really excited to visit," stated Murdock. "Coach (Aubrey) Hill is my main recruiter. Once he knew I opened my recruiting, he came down here opened my eyes to Pittsburgh."

Scout.com ranks Murdock, the younger brother of South Carolina's O.J. Murdock, the 77th best cornerback in the nation and a "three-star" prospect. Sherod is capable of running a 4.5 forty-yard dash.

"I'm very excited about this weekend. I arrive in Pittsburgh on Friday," stated Murdock. "I saw the pictures of the facilities at Pittsburgh and I was blown away. I didn't realize they share facilities with the Steelers and play on the same football field as well. You don't any better than professional level facilities."

Murdock initially started his senior season at cornerback but he was moved to safety due to necessity. He registered 50 tackles and 1 interception. Sherod visited Kansas last weekend.

When asked what he was looking for during his weekend visit, he stated, "I want to feel at home. I want a home away from home. It's important to me to feel comfortable with the coaches and players. I want to now that the coaches will be there for me and have my back."

"I know that Pitt has only signed one defensive back and they need corners. I'm a shut down cornerback and I feel I can contribute early my career. We'll see what the Panthers have to offer. I can't wait to get there."

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

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