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Anthony Long pulls the trigger and commits to Pitt.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bless to say I&#39;m committing to Pittsburgh university <a href="http://t.co/waRcaVpKQv">pic.twitter.com/waRcaVpKQv</a></p>&mdash; Anthony Long (@long_jublong9) <a href="https://twitter.com/long_jublong9/status/593932915190423553">May 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Anthony Long of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg announced via Twitter that he will be committing to play for the University of Pittsburgh.  He actually beat Pat Narduzzi to the punch, as there was NOT a "Pat Signal" initially to alert the commitment.  Long is a well regarded Defensive Tackle that is rated as a three-star player by ESPN, Rivals, and 24/7.  He held other notable offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others.

Anthony Long is rated as the 14th best player in the state according to ESPN, while Rivals has him ranked 15th. He is also the top rated interior defensive linemen in the state and checks in at 6'3" 290 pounds, making him a solid prospect for the next level. Long has a good burst of speed for a guy his size, and should project well at the college level.

Anthony Long comes from one of the premier high school football powerhouses in Eastern Pennsylvania, Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.  The school has been very kind to Pitt in the past producing the likes of LeSean McCoy, Aaron Berry, and Hank Poteat. Perhaps his commitment could open some doors there in the future.

Anthony Long becomes the fourth commitment for the 2016 recruiting class for coach Pat Narduzzi. He joins Brandon Ford as the second in-state player to pledge to the class, and Long is the second defensive prospect along with Tony Butler of Ohio. Long is a player that comes at a position needing depth and talent, and he also comes from a powerhouse high school program that churns out division one player regularly. Overall, a nice pickup for Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program.