Pitt lands juco tackle
Pitt addressed one of its most glaring concerns in a big way Wednesday, when the Panthers received a verbal commitment from a junior-college offensive tackle.
Jeff Otah, a 6-foot-7, 340-pounder from Valley Forge Military Academy’s junior-college program, picked Pitt over Maryland, Michigan State, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Otah, who played at William Penn High in New Castle, Del., will enter Pitt as a junior and have two years of eligibility. He could replace second-team All-Big East selection Charles Spencer at left tackle.
Otah is Pitt’s 20th recruit — and third offensive lineman — from the Class of 2006. Scout.com considers Otah a four-star prospect and ranks him the No. 26 offensive lineman in the nation. He joins Joe Thomas, a 6-4, 294-pounder from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward who is ranked No. 20, and Kennedy Catholic guard Eric Rodemoyer (6-3, 309).
Valley Forge ran the majority of its plays behind Otah, who runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds.
“He’s a big kid who can move,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels said. “He’s got a great wing span, a great frame. He can run block and he pass-blocks tremendously. With him and Joe Thomas, they have two four-star recruits on the offensive line.”
Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review sports columnist. You can contact Kevin by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .