Posted by Bryan Fischer
When Todd Graham took over the head coaching duties at Pitt, many thought the school would concentrate their out-of-state recruiting on Texas, where Grahm coached in high school and recruited well while at Rice and Tulsa. While his staff has focused a lot of their efforts in the state, they haven't forgotten about nearby talent in the midwest. That paid off Friday with the commitment of Oakwood (Ohio) defensive end Myles Hilliard to the Panthers after he unofficially visited the school.
"On the way back, me and my dad were talking about it," he told PantherLair.com. Then when I got home, I went to sleep and woke up at four o'clock in the morning and I was just thinking about it, and I realized, yeah, I want to go there.
Hilliard held offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others, but it was the connection he developed with the coaching staff at the school's summer camp that really sealed the deal for Pitt.
"It was just the coaches," he said. "Every college looked nice, but it was the coaches. I wanted somebody who I had a great relationship with and who was going to coach me and make me better."
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end spent time with position coach Paul Randolph and outside linebackers coach Randall McCray while camping and the two had been recruiting him hard ever since he picked up an offer from the school two weeks ago. Hilliard is the fourth commit for Pitt in the class of 2012, all but one of whom is on defense.