Andrew Taglianetti, a star tailback and defensive back for WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic, likely will play in the secondary for Pittsburgh. But he won't make a contribution until at least 2009.
Despite rushing for 1,161 yards on 103 carries with 12 touchdowns, catching passes for 420 more and five touchdowns, as well as earning player of the year honors, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Taglianetti has accepted a grayshirt from Pitt with hope that he'll be able to bulk up under Buddy Morris' tutelage.
As a grayshirt, Taglianetti will sign a letter-of-intent next week, but he will not join the Pitt football team until January, 2009 and will still be a freshman -- and eligible to redshirt -- in the fall, 2009 season.
Taglianetti is the son of former Penguins defenseman Peter Taglianetti and will play in the Big 33 game in June.
Taglianetti's teammate at Central Catholic, quarterback Tino Sunseri, has also committed to Pitt and is expected to sign with the Panthers Feb. 6.
Taglianetti reportedly also had scholarship offers from Toledo, Towson and VMI.
Taglianetti Commits To Pitt
Panther More Top Stories
Go premium and get SI free for a yearGo premium with PantherMore.com today and get Sports Illustrated for free.
Panther MoreYesterday at 8:53 AM
ONE YEAR LATER: Canada vs. ChaneyFormer Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney bolted back to the SEC when he accepted the open offensive coordinator job at Georgia this past offseason, leaving Pitt coach Pat…
Panther MoreThursday at 1:36 PM
Pat Narduzzi listed as "hot commodity" coachScout.com gives you its mid-season list of coaches who could take head coaching positions elsewhere after 2016. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is listed among college football's hottest…
ScoutThursday at 10:00 AM
Four-star Thompson set to visit PittFour-star Pitt commit Aaron Thompson slated to check out Pitt's campus.
Panther MoreThursday at 8:40 AM