Adams Is Lucky No. 7

Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt believed the Panthers would have at least 6-7 verbal commitments for the 2009 recruiting class before summer camp began, and with just four days remaining before the first practice that goal has been reached.

Kevin Adams, a 6-foot, 208-pound multi-talented athlete from St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., became the seventh pledge to Pittsburgh Friday.

Commitments have also been received from offensive tackle Cory King, Lakeview HS in Stoneboro, Pa.; running back Dion Lewis, Lakeview HS in Stoneboro, Pa.; offensive tackle Juantez Hollins, Aliquippa, Pa. HS; defensive end Jack Lippert, Central Dauphin HS in Harrisburg, Pa.; wideout Devin Street, Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa.; and offensive guard Fernando Diaz, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, N.Y.

Pitt defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley recruits Adams' area in New Jersey and secured the commitment. Adams took his initial visit to Pitt Wednesday, toured the facilities, visited the campus, met with Wannstedt and the staff and liked what he saw.

The three-star running back is ranked 89th nationally by Adams, who also plays linebacker and safety. While the Panthers believe he can play each position, Adams, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, appears to be an excellent candidate to be a safety at Pitt. He also could be a good complement to scat-back Lewis in that recruiting class.

As a junior, he rushed for 558 yards and 6 touchdowns on 91 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and caught 7 passes for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns. He told that he ran a 4.48 40 when timed by his high school coaches earlier this year.

Adams also had offers from Syracuse and Akron and chose Pitt over the Orange.

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