Defensive lineman chooses Pitt

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Pitt added its 23rd recruit of the 2013 class Tuesday when Philadelphia defensive lineman Justin Moody gave a verbal commitment.

Moody is listed as a three-star defensive end on, and the 19th-best prospect in Pennsylvania. He also reported offers from Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Central Florida.

Moody is the fourth lineman to commit to Pitt in this class, joining ends Luke Maclean and Shakir Soto, and tackle Tyrique Jarrett.

Panthers get Sto-Rox product

Former Sto-Rox receiver Dontez Ford will transfer to Pitt and be eligible to play in 2014. Ford attended Syracuse his freshman year, but did not play for the Orange. He will join the Panthers as a walk-on. As a senior at Sto-Rox in 2011, Ford caught 25 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns.

Punishment for players

Three players charged with simple assault in the fall will perform community service in exchange for a reduced charge.

Ray Graham, 22, ; Lafayette Pitts, 20, ; and Devin Street, 21; each were charged with one count of simple assault and one count of criminal conspiracy after police said they surrounded a man in Oakland in November and one of them punched him in the head.

They were not arrested but received a summons by mail telling them to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Their attorney, Mark Fiorilli, said if the men complete the hours -- 40 hours for Street and 20 hours each for Pitts and Graham -- they likely will face only disorderly conduct charges, a summary offense.

The three are scheduled to return to court in April to report their progress.

Fiorilli did not have details on the community service.

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