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Clairton's Howard picks Pitt

| Sunday, June 24, 2012, 4:38 p.m.
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Clairton's Titus Howard pulls in a first-quarter pass against Brentwood on Oct. 14, 2011. (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)

Clairton cornerback Titus Howard on Sunday became the fourth WPIAL player and eighth from the Class of 2013 to make a verbal commitment to Pitt.

Now, the Panthers hope Howard can persuade teammate Tyler Boyd, a four-star wide receiver who participated in the Rivals.com tournament this weekend in Atlanta.

“I am going to try to get him there,” Howard said.

Howard, 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, was on campus with many of his teammates, helping Clairton win a championship at Pitt's seven-on-seven camp.

Clairton defeated Thomas Jefferson, 25-20, in the title game.

Howard said he considered waiting until after the season to make a decision.

“But it felt right today, and I ended up doing it,” he said. “I like their program. I love being around the coaches. Coach (Paul) Chryst was really excited. He said he can't wait.”

Howard, rated a two-star recruit by Rivals, had scholarship offers from Temple, Rutgers, Connecticut, Toledo, Akron, Arkansas State and Youngstown State. Locally, Pitt also has commitments from South Fayette receiver Zach Challingsworth and tight ends Scott Orndoff of Seton-La Salle and Jaymar Parrish of Gateway.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jdipaola@tribweb.com or 412-320-7997.

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