Pitt landed its second quarterback from the Class of 2014 on Sunday night when Wade Freebeck of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Davie, Fla., committed to the Panthers.
Freebeck, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, joins quarterback Adam Bertke of Maria Stein, Ohio, on Pitt's 13-man list of pledges. Pitt has promises from players from eight states; Freebeck is the first from Florida.
Pitt is trying to improve its future depth at quarterback after senior Tom Savage exhausts his eligibility at the end of the 2013 season. The Panthers also had offered four-star quarterback Keller Chryst of Palo Alto, Calif., a nephew of Pitt coach Paul Chryst, but he committed to Stanford on Friday.
Freebeck (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) had offers from Akron, Marshall, Samford and South Florida. He also received an offer from the University of Florida last year before the Gators went in another direction.
At the end of last season, Freebeck transferred from Western High School to St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the top programs in the state, and participated in his new school's spring drills. He threw for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns at Western last year while playing part of the season on an injured ankle.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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