Fleming Commits To Pitt

Carl Fleming made an impression on the Pitt football coaches when he attended their camp last month, and when he and his mom, Fatima, made a return visit Friday they were equally impressed with the University.

In fact, the Flemings loved Pittsburgh so much that Carl Fleming made a verbal commitment to the Panthers. He will sign a letter-of-intent in February, 2009.

"I really liked the campus, especially the academic system, and it seemed like a really good fit for me,'' Fleming said. "The main thing for me was the academics. Football won't last forever, so I need to make sure I get my degree. You never know when football will be over and you'll have to fall back on that.

"So, it's very important to me and my mom, too. Football is important, of course. But all these things are important. How I fit in at the school, socially, academically and with the football team. And Pitt came out on top in all those areas, so that's why I decided to commit to Pitt.''

Connecticut offered Fleming Wednesday, and he scheduled a trip to Storrs for Sunday. However, that was canceled. Fleming, who will be a senior this fall at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Md. committed to Pitt during a talk with the coaching staff shortly after the Friday afternoon practice.

Fleming has a the size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and speed (4.48 in 40) to be a terrific safety at Pitt, a need position for the future for the Panthers, but he also is a fantastic athlete who is a running back on offense.

"I'll play any position, but what's great is that I don't have to be tied to any position,'' Fleming said. "All the schools who were talking to me said that I had the ability to play on either offense or defense, so I'm happy about that. But I'll play wherever I need to play to help the team.''

Fleming was being recruited by Pitt wideouts coach Bryan Bossard, who handles the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area this year.

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