Pitt adds an offensive lineman

US PRESSWIRE

Pitt adds their first recruit for the 2014 recruiting class.

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!

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