Sherod Murdock a proud Panther

The University of Pittsburgh is in the process of finializing their 2007 recruiting class. One of their last commitments may be one of their best. Standout cornerback Sherod Murdock from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL has officially committed to Pitt. The spoke with him about his decision.

"I committed to Pitt last week but Coach (Dave) Wannstedt told me to go home and talk with my family and coaches first," stated talented cornerback Sherod Murdock from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL. "I came home and discussed everything with my family and they agreed that Pitt was the right place for me."

"I called Coach (Dave) Wannstedt today to let him know I was officially committing to the Panthers. He was really excited. You could hear it in his voice."

Murdock 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. Sherod visited the Kansas Jayhawks on January 6th and the University of Pittsburgh on January 13th.

When asked why he chose Pitt, Sherod quickly stated, "It felt like home. It just felt like I was home. I really felt comfortable with the coaches and players. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt really made me feel wanted. I think we developed a great relationship over the last month." 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.

The University of Pittsburgh recently announced the hiring of former Alabama defensive backfield coach Chris Ball. Ball and Murdock have a long standing relationship that has lasted nearly three years. He was quick to note that Coach Ball had a great deal to do with his commitment. "Coach Ball played a big part in my commitment," Murdock said. "He has known me for a long time and he knows what I'm capable of. I feel very close to him and I can't wait to play for him."

"I can't wait to get to Pittsburgh and contribute to the football program. I definitely would like to try to get onto the football field next year. My main goal will be helping the team and winning a Big East championship."

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