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Pitt football notebook: Miami linebacker Leslie Smith commits to Pitt, first from Class of 2019

Jerry DiPaola
| Sunday, June 10, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

Pitt received its first verbal commitment from the Class of 2019 on Sunday when linebacker Leslie Smith of Miami Northwestern High School told coach Pat Narduzzi he plans to enroll next year.

Narduzzi's response when Smith told he was committing?"A big hug," Smith said. "Coach (Charlie) Partridge and coach (Rob) Harley also gave me big hugs."

Smith, 6-foot, 195 pounds, visited campus and participated in Pitt's camp this weekend.

Smith also has offers from Air Force, South Florida, Temple, Buffalo, Kent State and Colorado State. He is unranked by

Pitt recruiting is behind the pace set last year when Narduzzi had eight verbal commitments by June 14.

Tomlin gets offer

Shady Side Academy wide receiver Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, also participated in Pitt's camp and left with a scholarship offer from Narduzzi.

Pitt and Iowa State are among the Power 5 schools to extend an offer to Tomlin, 5-11, 155. He also has offers from his father's alma mater, William & Mary, plus Army, Howard, Toledo and several Ivy League schools.

Tomlin is the PIAA Class AA 300 hurdles champion, wining the title last month in 37.93 seconds.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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