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Pitt football gets first WPIAL recruit for 2018

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:39 p.m.
Noah Palmer is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior tight end/defensive end on the Thomas Jefferson football team.
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Noah Palmer is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior tight end/defensive end on the Thomas Jefferson football team.

Thomas Jefferson defensive end Noah Palmer had the rare treat of telling Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi — face-to-face — that he plans to enroll next year.

Palmer said he was visiting Pitt on Thursday when he sat down in Narduzzi's office and gave him the good news.

"He jumped right up and gave me a big hug," Palmer said. "It was nice. He's a great guy."

Palmer, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, is the third senior from the Class of 2018 to commit to the Panthers — and the first from the WPIAL. He joins New Jersey quarterback Nick Patti and Massachusetts tight end Jay Symonds.

Palmer helped lead Thomas Jefferson to the WPIAL 4A championship last season.

TJ coach Bill Cherpak described Palmer as a "team leader and role model.""He realizes this is just the beginning," said Cherpak, a former Pitt lineman. "He's ready to prove that Pitt made a great decision offering him."

Palmer, who also plays tight end for Thomas Jefferson, said he has offers from several Mid-American Conference schools, plus Army and Robert Morris. He said choosing Pitt was an easy decision.

"I've been surrounded by Pitt all my life," he said. "It's awesome that I can say I'm playing for Pitt. Plus, it's close to family."

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jdipaola_trib.

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