Pitt got its 18th commitment of the 2013 class last night when WR/ATH Reggie Green (Cranford, N.J.) gave the coaching staff his verbal pledge.
Green (6-3, 215 lbs) plays quarterback for his high school team, but will play wide receiver for Pitt. He is being primarily recruited by Desmond Robinson, and called the coaching staff last night to give them the news.
"[Head coach Paul Chryst] was really excited," Green said. "I think they had a feeling I was [going to commit], but they were really excited."
Green is a two-star prospect on Rivals, three-star on Scout and three-star on ESPN. He is the second receiver in the Panthers' 2013 class, joining South Fayette senior Zach Challingsworth.
Green said he feels like he'll be ready to make the change to receiver once he arrives at Pitt.
"It’s fine with me," he said. "I know it’s going to be a change, but it’s fine with me because I like playing offense."
Erik Rosenmeier, Green's high school coach, said he should be well-suited to make the position change. Because Green was such a big kid growing up, weight limits forced him to play defensive end. It wasn't until his freshman year of high school that Rosenmeier moved him to quarterback.
"In some ways he’s really just scratching the surface of what he can do as a skill player because he’s really only played it for a fairly short period of time," Rosenmeier said.
It didn't hurt that Green visited Pitt three weeks ago for the big upset win over Virginia Tech. He said he was shown around by freshman Deaysean Rippy and also got a chance to talk to Ray Graham, a fellow New Jersey product. The camaraderie, plus the general atmosphere at the game, really made an impression on him.
"It was a really good atmosphere," he said. "It felt like the whole school was out there supporting the team."
Green also had offers from Boston College, Michigan State, N.C. State, Rutgers and Temple, among others. He said that he doesn't plan on taking any other visits at this point, and considers his recruitment complete.