Pitt gets verbal commitment from Virginia LB |

Pitt gets verbal commitment from Virginia LB

Jerry DiPaola

Pitt landed its sixth recruit from the Class of 2016 on Monday when linebacker Chase Pine of Williamsburg, Va., said he plans to enroll.

The competition for Pine was intense.

“Pitt did the best job recruiting him,” said Andy Linn, Pine’s coach at Lafayette High School. “Coach (Rob) Harley (linebacker coach) did a phenomenal job. He built a relationship with Chase from the get-go. He was honest with him. I think that was one of the biggest things.”

Pine, ranked as a three-star prospect by, had offers from several Power 5 schools, including California, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“There also is a good chance of him playing sooner (at Pitt),” Linn said.

Pine, who will be Lafayette’s starting quarterback this season, was one of the team’s top defensive playmakers last season when Lafayette (14-1) advanced to the 3A state title game. At 6-3 12, 220 pounds, Pine had eight sacks and two interceptions, one for a touchdown, in five playoff games, competing in Virginia’s third-largest of six classifications.

“He makes big plays and he is able to get to the passer and also is able to cover,” Linn said.

Pine is the first 2016 linebacker to commit to Pitt.

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