With a host of offers out to defensive ends for the Class of 2011, the Panthers got its first defensive end commitment, as Lakewood (OH) St. Edwards defensive end Deonte Gibson committed to the Panthers. Pitt still has offers out to Desimon Green, Quinton Jefferson and Max Issaka--three of its primary targets at defensive end.
Gibson comes from the same high school as 2010 grad Joe Thomas, who started 40 games in his Pitt career. Pitt seems to be establishing a good connection at St. Edwards, as 2012 offensive linemen Kyle Kalis, is also claiming a verbal offer, and had a positive camp visit back in June.
"It's hard to stay away from committing," Gibson told Panther Digest, back in June. "I know I see myself playing there eventually, but I want to see everywhere else too."
Apparently, he didn't need to see anything else. We will have more from Gibson tomorrow.
As a junior, Gibson registered 63 tackles, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles. He was a third-team all-state selection. He joins receiver Justin Olack (Massillon Washington) as Pitt's other Ohio commitment for 2011.