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Pitt notebook: Former Sto-Rox player Ford transferring

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 3:14 p.m.

Dontez Ford, who helped lead Sto-Rox to the WPIAL Class A championship game in 2011, is transferring from Syracuse to Pitt to play wide receiver.

Ford, 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, was a safety at Syracuse this season where he was redshirted. A member of the 2011 Terrific 25, he will join the Pitt team as a walk-on and will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Also, former North Allegheny offensive lineman Tom Ricketts, who missed this season with a shoulder injury, has informed the Pitt coaching staff that he won't return to the team this year.

Ricketts, a four-star recruit in 2010, sat out the '11 season after transferring from Penn State. He remains a student at Pitt.

Charges may be reduced

Assault and conspiracy charges against three Pitt football players may be reduced to summary disorderly conduct if they perform community service in the next 90 days, the players' attorney Mark Fiorilli said after a hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

Prosecutors said the players must pay financial restitution to the victim.

Police said Ray Graham, Devin Street and Lafayette Pitts surrounded a man Oct. 21 in Oakland, and one of them punched him in the head.

Fiorilli said terms of the agreement will be 20 hours of community service for Graham and Pitts and 40 hours for Street, most likely with a local, non-profit organization.

The players will return to the court for a hearing at 12:30 p.m. April 15 when a judge will review the players' progress, Fiorilli said.

“After considering the time and expense of a trial in this matter, Devin, LaFayette and Ray made a business decision to put this matter behind them and complete community service in exchange for a reduction of their charges,” Fiorilli said.

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