Pitt football head coach Paul Chryst received his first verbal commitment for the 2014 class in offensive lineman, Connor Hayes. Hayes is a 6-4 270 pound offensive guard from Traverse City, Michigan. Hayes is listed as a three star by Rivals and Scout, and unranked by ESPN. Hayes picked Pitt over fellow ACC members Duke and Syracuse, as well as Indiana and a few MAC schools.
Obviously, Pitt seems behind in the recruiting game. They lost their only commitment in Chandler Kincade a few weeks ago. Also, many of Pitt's rivals have a number of commitments giving off the sentiment that Pitt was behind the eight ball. Hopefully this leads to a wave of commitments. It should also be noted that Hayes is a Midwest recruit, showing that the staff's Wisconsin roots are paying their dividends.
Pitt added five offensive linemen in last year's class, and obviously will be adding a few more this season. It is pretty clear that this staff is prioritizing the trenches. After watching Tino Sunseri run for his life for a few seasons, I think the emphasis on line play will be a welcomed sight for all Panther fans. Either way. Welcome aboard, Connor!