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Pitt lands local DT Danielson

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Pat Narduzzi added a big local piece to the 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday when Thomas Jefferson defensive tackle Devin Danielson committed to the Panthers.

Danielson committed to Pitt over Power Five offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Rutgers, Syracuse, UCLA, Virginia and West Virginia. He previously named a top four that included Pitt, Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

A teammate of Pitt commit Noah Palmer, Danielson was around the Panthers over the weekend when he joined Thomas Jefferson's seven-on-seven team at Pitt's passing camp. He spent some time with the Pitt staff and previously spoke highly of his relationship with new defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

"I talk to Coach Partridge and I really like him. I think he's a great coach," Danielson told earlier this month. "I got to see him coach a couple practices and then see him at the spring game, so that was really cool...He's definitely the coach that I would want to coach me."

Danielson, 6'3" 290, fills one defensive tackle spot in Pitt's 2018 recruiting class. He's also the fourth WPIAL prospect to pick the Panthers, a group that also includes Palmer, Butler offensive guard Jake Kradel and Belle Vernon offensive guard Blake Zubovic.

Pitt now sits at 11 commitments as the end of June approaches. The Panthers also have commitments from quarterback Nick Patti, tight end Matt Alaimo, H-back Jay Symonds, junior college offensive tackle Chase Brown, defensive end John Morgan, linebacker Wendell Davis and cornerback Judson Tallandier.