Pitt football lands Va. running back, three others

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Pitt's recruiting bonanza continued this afternoon as Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.) running back T.J. Peeler walked into head coach Dave Wannstedt's office and committed to the Panthers.

Peeler, who is 6-feet-1, 200 pounds, is a big, strong running back who should fit into Wannstedt's power running game nicely. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds, can bench press 300 pounds and squat 465 pounds.

He chose the Panthers over offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

He is the fourth player to commit to the Panthers today and the seventh in the past six days.

Two New Jersey standouts and a wide receiver from Clairton also have committed to Pitt.

Don Bosco Prep stars Bryan Murphy and Brandon Sacco committed to the Panthers early this afternoon, bringing the Panthers total to 10 commitments from the class of 2010.

Clairton standout Kevin Weatherspoon committed to the Panthers early this morning, defensive back K'wuan Williams (St. Joseph's in Montvale, N.J.) committed last night and Bishop McDevitt receiver Salath Williams committed on Thursday.

Murphy, who is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end, chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Colorado, Boston College and Vanderbilt.

Sacco, who is a 6-foot-4, 245 pound offensive lineman, chose the Panthers over Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Miami (Ohio).

Weatherspoon, who is 5-feet-11, 175 pounds, chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from Maryland, Syracuse, Toledo and Akron.

He caught 57 passes for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns and had seven interceptions as a defensive back last season for the Bears. He was at Pitt's South Side facility today with his Clairton teammates competing in the Panthers' annual seven vs. seven camp competition for high school teams.


Paul Zeise can be reached at pzeise@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1720.


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