Bethel Park offensive lineman Mike Grimm has verbally committed to play his college football at Pitt, he confirmed Wednesday
"This feels great," Grimm said. "I'm really happy with my decision. I love the school and that's why I'm committing."
Grimm is rated as a four-star player by Rivals.com and is Pitt's fifth verbal commitment of the 2014 class. He is the highest-rated player in that class to give his verbal pledge to the Panthers so far.
Grimm chose coach Paul Chryst and the Panthers over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Boston College, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
Tuesday, the Panthers also secured pledges from Marion (Ohio) quarterback Adam Bertke and Shady Side Academy running back Dennis Briggs. Briggs and Grimm are the only WPIAL players to commit to the Panthers for 2014 so far.
The Panthers got yet another verbal commitment Wednesday morning, their fourth in two days. This one came from Philadelphia West Catholic safety Patrick Amara.
Amara's high school coach Brian Fluck said Amara played outside linebacker in high school but will join Pitt as a safety.
"Playing in the ACC and all that stuff, I said it makes good ball," Fluck said. "The opportunity to go out there and play with their safety situation. He'll have an opportunity to go out there next year and compete. That's what you want."
As rising seniors, none of the four can officially sign their National Letters of Intent until Feb. 5, 2014.
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