With the 2014 recruiting class barely two weeks in the books, Pitt has already gotten a jump start on next year's recruiting class, as Altoona linebacker Kevin Givens gave his verbal commitment to the Panthers Tuesday.
Givens is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, and joins WPIAL players offensive lineman Alex Paulina (Canon McMillan) and tight end Nick Bowers (Kittanning) in Pitt's 2015 recruiting class.
Givens chose the Panthers over offers from Temple and Western Michigan. Penn State has also shown some recent interest in Givens.
As a high school junior, Givens cannot sign a binding letter of intent until February 2015.
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