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Pitt lands juco tackle

Kevin Gorman
| Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005

Pitt addressed one of its most glaring concerns in a big way Wednesday, when the Panthers received a verbal commitment from a junior-college offensive tackle.

Jeff Otah, a 6-foot-7, 340-pounder from Valley Forge Military Academy's junior-college program, picked Pitt over Maryland, Michigan State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Otah, who played at William Penn High in New Castle, Del., will enter Pitt as a junior and have two years of eligibility. He could replace second-team All-Big East selection Charles Spencer at left tackle.

Otah is Pitt's 20th recruit -- and third offensive lineman -- from the Class of 2006. Scout.com considers Otah a four-star prospect and ranks him the No. 26 offensive lineman in the nation. He joins Joe Thomas, a 6-4, 294-pounder from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward who is ranked No. 20, and Kennedy Catholic guard Eric Rodemoyer (6-3, 309).

Valley Forge ran the majority of its plays behind Otah, who runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds.

"He's a big kid who can move," Scout.com recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels said. "He's got a great wing span, a great frame. He can run block and he pass-blocks tremendously. With him and Joe Thomas, they have two four-star recruits on the offensive line."

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