Moving on to our afternoon post, we’ll take a look at the linebackers. This one is pretty easy, with just two linebackers committed to Pitt. Let’s take a look...
Early enrollees: None.
Matt Galambos (6-2, 220 lbs)
The Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, No. 41 ILB
Scout: 3*, No. 34 MLB
ESPN: 3*, No. 64 ILB
Zach Poker (6-3, 265 lbs)
Oconomowoc High School (Oconomowoc, Wis.)
Rivals: 2*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 41 TE
ESPN: 2* No. 31 TE
Remaining targets: None.
Unlike a few other spots on the roster, linebacker isn’t a huge position of need for the Panthers this year. The position got absolutely decimated in 2012, but returns pretty much every key player for next season. Unless the fluky injury situation of last season crops up again, there’s plenty of depth at the position, not to mention guys like Deaysean Rippy and Bam Bradley who could be ready to contribute as redshirt freshmen. For that reason, both of these guys will almost certainly redshirt next year and get ready for 2014.
Both guys are really athletic, and you can see that with Poker especially as he’s actually listed as a tight end. Galambos looks like a pure middle linebacker, with good straight-line acceleration. He can learn from Shane Gordon and Dan Mason next year as he acclimates to the system.