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Pitt Football: Ray Vinopal Leaves Michigan, Joins Panthers

Pitt's secondary got a little deeper this Spring as Todd Graham announced Todd Thomas and Kolby Gray have joined the secondary. But the secondary is getting even deeper next season as the Panthers will accept Michigan transfer safety Ray Vinopal.

Vinopal wasn't the highest-rated prospect out there - he was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star by Scout - and he chose Michigan after offers from 'only' Kent State and Bowling Green.

He has to sit out next season, but should suit up for Pitt in 2012.

Either Michigan's secondary was really hurting for talent last season or Vinopal is a pretty decent player - he started four games as a true freshman last year. Playing in six games, he had 27 tackles and an interception, so he's got legitimate experience at a BCS program.

In 2012, Pitt's secondary could feature Vinopal, Jarred Holley, Lafayette Pitts, Andrew Taglianetti, K'Waun Williams, Jason Hendricks, and others. That unit could be one of considerable strength for Pitt.