Spoon Makes Seven For Pitt

Kevin Weatherspoon's recruiting just went national, but the 5-foot-10, 170-pound wideout from Clairton, Pa. High School didn't want the process to play out any longer and verbally committed to Pitt Sunday morning.

Despite getting a recent offer from Prairie View A&M in Texas and others from Kent State, Toledo, Syracuse, Towson State and Maryland, along with Pittsburgh, Kevin Weatherspoon decided to stay home.

"I went home Saturday night and prayed on it and thought about it, and it always came back to Pitt,'' Weatherspoon said. "I told Coach Wannstedt and Coach Gattuso that I'm a Pittsburgh guy, and Pitt was the place for me.''

Weatherspoon's mom, Kim, also was in on the commitment meeting.

"While Kevin was talking to Coach Wannstedt, I got a little teary-eyed,'' she said. "I'm glad Kevin didn't notice that, but I'm so happy for him. Pitt definitely is the right place for him. He gets homesick when he stays over a friend's house, and we're very close. So, I know this is the right place for him.''


Weatherspoon gets ready to explode into the secondary.

Weatherspoon, who was recruited by Pitt defensive line coach Greg Gattuso, gives the Panthers seven verbal commitments for the 2010 class and five in two weeks. Pitt got a commitment from cornerback K'Wuan Williams from St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, N.J. Saturday and wideout Salath Williams from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa. Thursday.

Defensive end T.J. Clemmings from Paterson, N.J. Catholic HS gave his verbal Monday, while safety Jeff Knox from Dematha Catholic HS in Hyattesville, Md. committed to Pitt June 14. The Panthers also are expected to get one from running back T.J. Peeler from Broad Run HS in Ashburn, Va. later today. He is on an academic excursion to the Pitt campus and Cathedral of Learning.

Pitt's other commitments are from defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh and safety Derrick Burns from Wilmington HS in New Wilmington, Pa.

Weatherspoon and his Clairton teammates are competing at Pitt's passing camp this weekend. Even though it's a small, Class A school, the Bears routinely knock off large, Quad-A teams and have won the past two camp crowns.

"We have a lot of fun when we come down here,'' Weatherspoon said. "I've been here a bunch of times before, and it's always a good time. I like the coaches and players on the team. It's always like home for me.''

Weatherspoon's former Clairton teammate, Manny Williams, is a redshirt freshman linebacker with the Panthers.

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