Pitt Football Recruiting: Panthers Reportedly Land Surprise Quarterback For 2011, Trey Anderson

Well, this wasn't expected.

Pitt reportedly has landed the services of a quarterback ... for 2011. Trey Anderson, a quarterback from Texas, was apparently headed for Junior College, but is now coming to Pitt as a walk-on. Looks like Todd Graham was looking for a bit of stability at the position and reached out to him:

"The whole time I had been dead set on attending Tyler," Anderson said Wednesday. "Coach (Todd) Dodge gave me a call, and said they really needed a quarterback.

"He just asked me up for a visit to see how things would go, and I just fell in love with the place."

The obvious thing that comes to mind is Anthony Gonzalez' suspension. But don't plan on Anderson playing this season.

He's expected to redshirt, according to the article:

Anderson says he plans to redshirt this season.

"Pittsburgh has a starting quarterback and two backups," Anderson said, "so I’m going to sit back, watch and learn. Honestly, me and my dad have always talked that all I need is one opportunity.

"I know that coach Graham is the kind of coach that will stick his neck out for what he believes. He doesn’t care what other people think if he feels it’s right. I just feel so fortunate to have this opportunity."

This season, Anderson threw for more than 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Anderson should be reporting to Pitt on August 5th.

UPDATE: Anderson was a lower-level recruit (two-star by Rivals, one-star by ESPN, and unrated by Scout), but he'll provide some depth at the position. He also drew little interest according to the sites, but had been looking at Texas schools including Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice, and Texas Tech.

His low rankings won't stop the clamoring for Todd Graham to pick up some higher-end guys, but with the uncertainty around Gonzalez, he probably felt the need to add some immediate help for this season.

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