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September 3, 2011Pitt won its season opener against Buffalo at Heinz Field on Saturday night, and the Panthers landed a recruiting victory, too, as Penn Hills receiver Corey Jones committed to Pitt.
Jones picked Pitt over offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Maryland, Toledo, West Virginia, Miami (Fla.), and Kent State. He is the second recruit to commit to Pitt in as many days, following Taylor Allderdice lineman Tyrique Jarrett, who committed on Friday.
Jones' recruiting profile climbed over the summer, particularly after he was named MVP of the wide receivers at the State College Nike Football Training Camp. That camp featured a number of four-star receivers, including Eugene Lewis, Deontay McManus, and Joel Caleb.
"That kid right there," former Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, who worked at the camp, said of Jones, "if you're a coach and you have to take a guy right now, he's your guy. He's going to make some coach really happy next year. He can do it all."
As a junior in 2010, Jones caught 23 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns.
With Jones and Jarrett on board, Pitt now has 15 commitments in the class of 2012. The Panthers also have commitments from Cleveland (Tenn.) quarterback Chad Voytik, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman linebacker Devon Porchia, Upper St. Clair linebacker Dakota Conwell, Johnstown linebacker Alkwan Williams, Sto-Rox cornerback Marzett Geter Clairton receiver Trenton Coles, Germantown cornerback William Parks, Bedford (Oh.) defensive end Myles Hilliard, Cincinnati (Oh.) St. Xavier offensive lineman Brandyn Cook, Pomfret (Md.) McDonough cornerback Marchez Coates, St. Edward (Oh.) defensive end Darryl Render, and Austintown (Oh.) Fitch receivers Chris and Demitrious Davis.