On June 27th, 6’3, 290 lbs. 3 star defensive tackle Devin Danielson out of Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania went to twitter to announce his verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh.
Coming off of two straight WPIAL championships and a season that saw Danielson not only have 41 tackles, but also lead his team with 9 sacks, it came as no surprise that he became such a highly touted recruit. He was offered by eight other power five schools including, West Virginia, Wisconsin, UCLA, Louisville, Virginia, Iowa State, Rutgers and Syracuse before he ultimately made the decision that he would spend his four years of college at Pittsburgh.
When he was asked what set Pitt apart from all the other schools that offered him, Danielson responded, “It was the hometown school, and I loved everything about it. I really clicked with the coaches, there coaching fits my style of playing. And I love where there program is headed.”
Danielson is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the ACC with his ability to burst at the snap of the ball and his motor that allows him to play such a physical game. His game is a big reminder of two of the best defensive tackles in Pitt football history, Randy Holloway and Gary Burley. His strength and quickness in defending the run scream Gary Burley and his ability to get in the backfield and create havoc have Randy Holloway written all over it. If Danielson performs to the heights he is capable of he could very well pass Holloway and become the second all time sacks leader in the history of Pitt football. Maybe, he could become the first, but that’d mean passing Hugh Green and we would be in for a real treat if this were to happen.
This isn’t the goal he has his eyes on though. When asked what his goal was by the time his four years at Pitt came to an end, he answered, “I want to bring a championship back to Pittsburgh.” The direction the program is headed in this is a feat that could very well be accomplished. Danielson marks the eleventh 3 star commit in the recruiting class of 2018 for the Panthers.