Shane Roy visited several colleges before he decided to commit to Pitt.
“It stuck out to me,” said Roy, a defensive end at Reading (Ohio) Community High School. “It was very unique. No other college can say they practice with a pro team.”
Roy, 6-foot-41⁄4, 235 pounds, became Pitt's 11th commitment from the Class of 2014 on Friday — and the 10th in seven days.
Before he begins to share a practice facility with the Steelers, Roy has some unfinished business at Reading, where he will be a four-year starter.
He is only six sacks shy of the school career record of 26.
He collected 161⁄2 in 10 games last season — 11⁄2 off the single-season record at Reading — while playing defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Pitt plans to use him in a similar manner.
“He definitely gets after the passer well,” Reading coach Scott Thamann. “There were times we were upset he didn't have more.”
Reading plays in the third-smallest of Ohio's seven high school divisions.
Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Roy had offers from 11 other schools, including Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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