The Pitt football team has landed one of the most heavily recruited seniors in Pennsylvania.
Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin, ranked one of the top defensive backs in the country, has made a verbal commitment to Pitt and will sign a binding letter of intent with the Panthers on Wednesday.
Hamlin announced his decision tonight on KDKA-TV. He had dozens of scholarship offers from colleges across the country, and his other finalists were Penn State and Ohio State. Hamlin visited Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt the past three weekends. Hamlin (6 feet 2, 189 pounds) is ranked the No. 7 safety in the country by Rivals.com, but he can play cornerback or safety.
“I feel like I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish [at Pitt],” Hamlin said.
It is a big night for Pitt in recruiting. Besides landing Hamlin, there was other news when Clairton receiver Aaron Mathews announced on his Twitter account that he has flipped from Penn State to Pitt. Mathews had committed to Penn State last month.
As for Hamlin, he helped Central Catholic win WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA championships this past season.
“I’m not sure of anyone whose talent transfers over to college as well as him,” said Central Catholic coach Terry Totten. “He’s a long, athletic cornerback, and those are prime gets, evidenced by all the fuss going on with his recruiting. Then if you find an athletic kid whose long, tall and can tackle like him, he becomes all the more special.”
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