Grand Blanc (Mich.) linebacker Luke MacLean verbally committed to Pitt last night.
"It feels great," MacLean said. "I’m excited about the decision. It feels like the right place and I’m fired up about it."
MacLean (6-3, 235 lbs) is listed as a three-star on both Rivals and Scout. He also had offers from Cincinnati and Indiana, as well as several MAC schools. MacLean's high school coach Joe Delaney said he was close to an offer from Michigan State, but that Pitt was always the team to beat.
"All along, he was really fired up about the chance at Pitt that he might have with the new coaches there, so I think that’s eventually what turned the corner for him," Delaney said.
MacLean said the Pitt coaching staff told him he would be a defensive end/linebacker hybrid. In fact, he said that on his visit, defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield told him, "I’ll be fighting over you with the linebackers coach when you get here." MacLean is just the third defensive front-seven commitment for Pitt's 2013 class, so he's certainly good for them to have on board.
"The coaching staff, I felt really comfortable around them," MacLean said. "I think they’ll do their best to make me the best player that I can be. The city of Pittsburgh is a phenomenal city and I just felt at home when I was on my visit."
Here is a link to some YouTube highlights of MacLean (along with requisite goofy music and graphics): LINK