Imoru set to become a Panther

One of the big reasons for Navarro's success this season was their pass-defense and one of the leaders in the seconday for the Bulldogs was CB Saheed Imoru (5-10, 193). He made a visit to Pittsburgh in October, but it wasn't until the day before Thanksgiving that he decided the Panthers were the program for him...

"Coach (Phil) Bennett and coach (Dave) Wannstedt were the ones recruiting me for them and they are really good coaches," Imoru told JCFootball.com the week after he made his commitment. "Just knowing how good they are at producing NFL-guys and their program is one of the best in the country right now, it was a perfect situation for me."

Imoru said the Panthers aren't the only school that was after him and he's still got several that are making an attempt to lure him away from the Panthers now that he's committed.

"Arkansas is going to be (at Navarro) this afternoon and I'm supposed to meet with the head coach (Bobby Petrino)," Imoru said. "Arizona State was here yesterday and I had a chance to talk to them a while too. They were real respectful and showed me why they wanted me in their program, but I'm still firm in my commitment to Pittsburgh."

Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Iowa State, North Texas and Miami (OH) were some of his other suitors as well.

Imoru showed up at Navarro as an accomplished running back, but was moved to the defensive side of the ball with only four games remaining in the 2008 season. This season, he used his outstanding speed (4.3) and quickness to put up 68 tackles, three interceptions and he broke up 18 passes while earning All-Conference honors.

"I can play anything, but I like man-to-man," Imoru said. "It's your quickness more than your speed that helps you in that and I have both, so I think I can man-up against anyone."

Imoru said he has no plans to take any more trips and will sign on December 16th with Pitt. He'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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