The Panthers edged out rival West Virginia when four-star middle linebacker Dan Mason from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. gave a verbal commitment to attend his hometown college. Mason is the 19th member of Pitt's 2009 recruiting class.
The nearly 6-feet, 220-pound tackling machine could be next in line to be the Panthers' next All-America middle linebacker. Evaluators like Scout.com East and Midwest Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels believe that Mason can come to Pitt this fall and challenge for playing time immediately.
Mason has not conducted many interviews since he initially named Pitt the leader to secure his talents for the next four years, and he's a young man who uses few words when he does respond to questions. However, Mason always has expressed an interest in Pitt to his family and friends, as well as the coaching staff. But he wanted to enjoy the recruiting process and the interest he received from the various schools vying for his talents.
Penn Hills finished strong this season to go 8-4, but lost to Gateway in the WPIAL playoffs. And Mason was a big reason with more than 100 tackles.
Dale Grdnic contributed to this report