Pittsburgh Lands Trebitz

When Panther Digest spoke to Joe Trebitz on Sunday evening it was apparent that barring some sort of huge setback he would become a Panther on Monday and that indeed happened, giving Pittsburgh their 17th verbal commitment of 2008, only to be followed by their 18th in Altoona, Pa., speed merchant A.J. Alexander.

You could tell it was coming after talking with Joe Trebitz on Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker arrived home in Boca Raton, Fla., speaking very highly of his visit to Pittsburgh and said a decision would be made soon. This morning he sat down with both his parents and coach at West Boca Raton High School and made his college choice, one that would send him north for several years.

"Like I said last night, I just sat down with my parents and head coach and talked to them about Pittsburgh," Trebitz explained. "We all agreed that Pitt was the perfect fit for me, so I call the coaches and told them I wanted to go ahead and give them my verbal commitment."

Trebitz talked about why he chose the Panthers.

"I just like the program a lot and really think it will be great to play in such a great sports town like Pittsburgh," Trebitz said. "I have had a great relationship with Coach Charlie Partridge for a few months now and Head Coach Dave Wannstedt just came off as a great guy and told me that we were going to win a National Championship in the next four years. I also liked that it was a bigger program then the other offers I had and was very comfortable there. At this point I'm just looking forward to June."

Trebitz did play weak side linebacker in high school and we asked him how he felt about making a transition to the middle.

"It's just going to take me some time and practice reps to get used to playing the inside, but I don't think it will be hard," Trebitz stated. "It's just a matter of learning the calls and adjustments and I like it because it's like being the quarterback of the defense. I think I'm a good leader and a playmaker, so that is what I plan on bringing to the table."

Pittsburgh has now received three verbal commitments in the past 24 hours.

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