Sources Say DiLillo To Panthers

Pittsburgh thought it had Nic DiLillo back in the winter time, but he decided to commit to Clemson. The Panthers eventually thought they had an answer in Johnstown native Mike Cruz, but that didn't turn out to well, either. Ironically, the two could swap places. In the end, this could be one of the most interesting stories of the year.

Madison, Ohio four-star tight end Nic DiLillo was offered very early by the staff at Pittsburgh. The Panthers in fact were his first offer and the expected front-runner in the fall, but after a visit to Clemson, DiLillo decided that he wanted to join the Tigers.

Pittsburgh then landed a commitment from Johnstown (Pa.) Bishop McCort tight end Mike Cruz. Then Cruz came out in a Pittsburgh newspaper and had less than flattering words to say about the school and reopened his recruitment.

Early last week, DiLillo visited Pittsburgh after having second thoughts about his verbal pledge to Clemson.

"I went down there, and it was like a 12-hour drive and I just didn't feel comfortable," DiLillo informed last week. "When I made my decision I had a tough time telling the staff at Pitt that I wasn't going there. I have been thinking about it ever since I made the choice and I questioned myself as to whether I made the right decision."

DiLillo then informed the Clemson staff that he was going to reopen his recruitment and look around. According to sources very close to the situation, DiLillo committed to Pittsburgh late Saturday night.

DiLillo is expected to make a public announcement later in the week. Interestingly enough, Clemson is one of the schools that Cruz is looking at and is very interested in attending.

DiLillo informed us last week that he was very impressed by the job that Pittsburgh coaches Paul Rhoads, Mike Antonoplos and Brian Angelichio did pursuing him. will have more on this breaking story as it develops.

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