Schneider Close To Decision

The Pitt football team should know soon if its 2010 recruiting class will grow to 17, as tight end Dan Schneider should announce his intentions this week.

A 6-foot-4, 240-pound three-star prospect from Avon Lake, Ohio High School, Dan Schneider and his mom, Mary Kay, visited Pittsburgh Monday and returned home satisfied that the Panthers would be an excellent choice.

The two also will visit West Virginia Tuesday. Florida State joins Pitt and WVU in Schneider's top three, but it appears that the Panthers and Mountaineers are the top choices, because he will not return to Florida State for a visit. So, Schneider's verbal commitment should occur sometime after the WVU visit.

"That's what I hope to do,'' Schneider said. "So, we'll see how things go.''

Schneider was at Pitt's practice facility for the Scout.com Combine there in March and returned a short time later for a practice during the Panthers' spring drills. But neither was thorough enough for Schneider, so he returned Monday.

"I had a good idea about the academics at Pitt, but I still had some questions and got answers about those. It really was important for me to spend more time with Coach Angelichio, Pitt's tight ends coach, and Coach Wannstedt.

"And I also wanted to spend some time with a player, and I did that with Nate. So, I accomplished everything that I wanted to get done. It definitely was a very productive day for my mom and me.''

Schneider is a tough read, responding only to the questions he's asked and not expanding on any answer. However, his response to describe the experience was positive for Pitt.

"It went very well for my mom and me,'' Schneider said. "We ate lunch, and I got to sit down to eat with Nate Byham. So, that was nice. Then, I had a chance to talk with the strength coach for a half hour, which was good.

"We went over to campus after that, and I saw a dorm and the academic facilities. Then, we came back to the practice facility and sat down with Coach Angelichio and Coach Wannstedt. So, it was a good day.''

When Schneider's recruitment started to heat up, his Avon Lake coaches told him not to get too high or low during the process, because it would be like a roller-coaster ride. Schneider believed that was a perfect analogy.

"Some things have been great, but some other things have not gone too well,'' Schneider said. "But I really can't complain about it, and it should be all over pretty soon. So, we'll see what happens this week.''

Schneider noted that academics, his relationship to the coaching staff, the way the tight ends are used and the atmosphere around the college would all be considered when he makes a final decision. Pitt ranks highly in every are for Schneider, who expected to major in business administration with his sights set on law school sometime after that.

Along with Pitt, WVU and Florida State, Schneider has offers from Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Indiana and Colorado. The Panthers already have a verbal commitment for 2010 from Brendan Carozzoni, but that doesn't bother Schneider one bit.

"We're good friends, and after he committed Coach Wannstedt sent me an e-mail to let me know that they still wanted me, too,'' Schneider said.

The Panthers should find out soon if Schneider wants them as well.

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