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Jerry Drake commits to Pitt

Pitt has received a commitment from offensive tackle Jerry Drake of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) following an official visit. Find out details on the commitment

Pitt has received its 17th commitment of the 2017 class from offensive tackle Jerry Drake, a three-star prospect from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.). Drake committed to Pitt following an official visit on the weekend of December 9th, his final visit prior to the recruiting dead period. Coming into his official visit, Drake was thought to be leaning towards South Carolina or Oklahoma, but a strong visit pushed Pitt towards the forefront of this recruitment.

Drake chose Pitt over offers from schools like Alabama, LSU, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, and others; he took four official visits during the fall and winter to Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Pitt. Drake is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound prospect who will enroll early at Pitt in January for the spring semester after making his decision.

Drake is Pitt's 17th commitment overall and also the fourth offensive line prospect to commit to the Panthers, joining center Owen Drexel and offensive tackles Carter Warren and Gabe Houy. Florida has now sent three commitments to Pitt, as Drake joins Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage wide receiver Dontavius Butler and Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Albert Tucker.

Prior to Drake's commitment, Pitt had the country's 49th-ranked recruiting class overall on the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings. With Drake's commitment, the Panthers' class will jump to 45th overall, coming in just behind ACC foes Virginia and North Carolina State. Pitt has the 10th-ranked class in the ACC to date.

You can view Drake's highlights from his senior season at Palm Beach Gardens on Hudl at this link. Stay tuned for more information on the commitment on Panther-Lair.com.

Click this link to view Drake's senior highlights
Click this link to view Drake's senior highlights (Rivals.com)