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One WPIAL football player is headed to the Mid-American Conference, while another changed his choice from a MAC school to one returning to the Big East.

South Fayette receiver Zach Challingsworth verbally committed to Toledo. Montour nose guard Tyler Haddock switched from Kent State to Temple.

Challingsworth had scholarship offers from Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Ohio and Temple.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was a Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selection last fall, when he had 48 receptions for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns. He started as a sophomore on the Lions' 2010 WPIAL Class AA champions and PIAA finalists.

The Rockets' coaching staff sent him 58 letters in one day earlier this spring.

“They're only taking one receiver this year, and I knew how they felt about me,” Challingsworth said. “It means something in the recruiting process. It definitely had an impact on (my decision). That's my favorite school out of all my offers. I just decided it was time.”

Challingsworth attended Pitt's skill camp this past weekend, one of several occasions he worked out for its coaches, but did not receive an offer from the Panthers. Still, he's keeping an open mind.

“As of right now, I'm 100 percent on Toledo,” Challingsworth said. “It's a long time until February. I'm one of those people who doesn't want to commit, then de-commit but that's the way the business works now.

“I know I'm not Pitt's top target at receiver. They have (Clairton's Tyler) Boyd and (Central Valley's Robert) Foster and another kid they offered. For Toledo, it makes me feel good about the work I put in, to know that I'm their top target.”

The 5-foot-11, 300-pound Haddock, a two-year starter for Montour, had 55 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the WPIAL Class AAA champions last fall.

“Temple was always there,” Haddock said. “They told me they wanted me to come to their camp and dominate. I went to their camp and I dominated. We did a lot of explosion drills and a lot of one-on-ones. I didn't lose one.”

Haddock committed to Kent State in April but said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for a BCS program now that the Owls have joined the Big East.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kgorman@tribweb.com or 412-320-7812.

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