Pitt landed its 16th recruit from the 2011 class this morning when highly-rated Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio)linebacker Nicholas Grigsby made a verbal commitment to the Panthers.
Grigsby (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) who is listed as a four-star prospect by both major recruiting services, Scout.com and Rivals.com,chose the Panthers over a number of scholarship offers including offers from Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse and Kentucky.
He is ranked as the 16th best outside linebacker prospect in the country by Rivals and the service ranks him as the 15th best overall prospect in Ohio.
Obviously it is a very big deal in terms of signing a player of this caliber (assuming, of course, he actually signs tomorrow) but again, until these guys get to camp and get in uniform, we don't know how good they are.
That's especially true this year since most of these guys are from all over the country and those of us here in the Pittsburgh area have never watched them play.
Once again, though, this is another athlete with speed and that is a great thing that they are increasing the team speed. I had a discussion with a member of the staff who said this --- a lack of team speed - was the most glaring issue with the team, particularly on defense.
And Grigsby - if he doesn't have to go to prep school - could be a guy who comes right in and starts, especially given the way the Panthers linebackers performed last year.