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Pitt's pro-style offense attracted Brendan Carozzoni almost as much as the Panthers' depth chart at his position.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end from Cleveland's St. Ignatius made a verbal commitment to Pitt Wednesday, picking the Panthers over Indiana and West Virginia. He also had scholarship offers from Marshall and a host of Mid-American Conference schools.

The Panthers will lose tight ends Nate Byham and Dorin Dickerson to graduation after this season, and senior John Pelusi's career was shortened by recurring shoulder surgeries.

''Pitt's very appealing,'' said Carozzoni, who had 25 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns for the Ohio Division 1 champions last fall. ''I'm somone that flexes out and can add speed to catch the ball, but I can block also. That the depth chart was favorable was definitely a factor.''

Carozzoni, who was recruited by running backs coach David Walker, said he was impressed by Pitt's coaching staff and facilities during an unofficial visit last week. He is the Panthers' 14th recruit from the Class of 2010.

''I liked it there,'' Carozzoni said, ''and I wanted to make my decision before my senior season.''

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