Pitt landed its eighth verbal commitment for the 2017 recruiting class today when lineman Carson Van Lynn gave his pledge to Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.
Van Lynn (6-foot-6, 235 pounds), of Worthington, Ohio, is rated as a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals.com, but could also end up playing defensive line for Pitt.
He chose Pitt over offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Ohio, Purdue, Rutgers, Toledo, Wake Forest, Western Michigan and West Virginia.
He is the second lineman to join Pitt's 2017 class this month, as offensive lineman Owen Drexel committed to the Panthers last week.
Van Lynn also becomes the third Ohio player to commit to Pitt in this class, joining Akron running back Todd Sibley and Findlay linebacker Kyle Nunn.
The 2017 recruiting class can sign its National Letters of Intent Feb. 1.
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