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When it became apparent that George Washington defensive lineman Justin Moody was one of the top prospects in Pennsylvania, his coach, Ron Cohen, rented a van last summer for a road trip.

After several in- and out-of-state stops, Moody forged a relationship with the Pitt coaches, received a scholarship offer and eventually made a verbal commitment to the Panthers on Tuesday.

“It worked,” Cohen said of the trip that included Moody and five teammates. “When he visited Pitt, he got excited.”

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Moody played defensive end and tackle for George Washington (8-3) in Class AAAA District 12 (Philadelphia) last season. He recorded 65 tackles, including 20 12 for a loss and 12 12 sacks. He also forced six fumbles and recovered four.

Moody is ranked the third defensive end and 19th overall prospect in the state by Pitt's 22-player recruiting class includes eight of the top 24 players in Pennsylvania.

Moody, a three-star prospect, also had offers from Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, Central Florida, Buffalo, Old Dominion, UMass and Purdue.

Shafer to succeed Marrone at Syracuse

Syracuse will name defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as the Orange's next coach, a source told The Associated Press.

Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who was named coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday after four seasons at Syracuse.

SDSU considers Big East, Mountain West

San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco says he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas, but does expect the Aztecs to make up their minds in “a couple of weeks.”

BCS title game's TV rating hurt by rout

The BCS title game's television rating was up from last season, but the lopsided score kept viewership down.

Alabama's 42-14 rout over Notre Dame drew a 15.1 fast national rating Monday on ESPN, the network said.

Rose, Sugar will host 1st playoff semifinals

The Rose and Sugar bowls will host the first semifinal games when college football's four-team playoff begins in the 2014 season, the BCS conference commissioners said.

Aggies lineman going pro

Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is choosing the NFL over a final season of blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Pac-12 study finds no abuse in WSU football

A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program.

The findings of the independent review mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations.

Meyer gets bonus for top-10 finish

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer received a $150,000 bonus from a contract clause after the No. 3 Buckeyes finished in the top 10 in the final Associated Press poll, ESPN reported.

Extra points

The University of Delaware fired head football coach K.C. Keeler after 11 seasons. ... Cornerbacks Steve Williams of California and Terrence Brown of Stanford will skip their seniors seasons and enter the NFL draft. ... Glenn Caruso of St. Thomas was named the Division III national coach of the year.

Staff writer Jerry DiPaola contributed to this report.

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