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Fox Chapel star Bisnowaty makes it official with Pitt

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

The word "family" keeps coming up with this year's crop of Pitt football recruits.

Like his future teammates, Fox Chapel's Adam Bisnowaty feels right at home.

"It's great to have this class together," said Bisnowaty, who chose Pitt over Florida and 12 other offers. "For me, it's nice you can finally stop guessing on the guys that were uncommitted. We are all excited about the opportunity to play together."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman made his commitment to Pitt official on Wednesday morning, signing a letter of intent.

A pair of other Alle-Kiski standouts also signed yesterday — Highlands lineman Jake Witucki is going to Kent State, and Knoch quarterback Ky Kenyon is headed to Robert Morris, where he likely will move to defensive back or receiver.

Plum native and Central Catholic quarterback Perry Hills signed with Maryland.

Bisnowaty joins a talented Pitt recruiting class that includes some of the WPIAL's best: Hopewell running back Rushel Shell, Shaler tight end J.P. Holtz, Sto-Rox defensive back Deaysean Rippy and Clairton defensive back Trenton Coles, among others.

Bisnowaty, a four-star recruit, also could one day block for quarterback Chad Voytik, the top-rated recruit out of Tennessee who the Panthers also lured.

"Everyone knew I was committed to Pitt, and I wanted to make sure everyone knew that," said Bisnowaty, the No. 19-ranked offensive lineman in the country, according to Rivals.com. "I plan to go in there and learn as much as I can so I can get on the field. I love to put guys on their backs."

Witucki, who had some late interest but no offer from Tennessee, remained committed to Kent State.

"I am extremely happy with my decision," said Witucki, a 6-5, 280-pound tackle who could move to guard in college. "I can't picture myself going anywhere else.

"It's relief and excitement. You hear about kids having their scholarships pulled. I was on the edge the whole time."

Witucki was the first player from Kent State's recruiting class to fax his letter.

"They got it at 7:01 (a.m.)," Witucki said. "We hurried up and sent it in."

Players could begin faxing letters at 7 a.m.

Kenyon said the reality of playing Division I football hit him just before he put pen to paper.

"Coach (Mike) King filled some of it out and handed it to me," Kenyon said of the letter. "He said, 'Now, it's your time to sign.' I said, 'This is the moment, huh, coach?' It hit me there."

Kenyon's father, Rick, who played at Bellevue High School, played college football at Clemson. He also switched positions — from quarterback to slot receiver.

Ford City kicker/punter Andrew Huska also signed, with Division II Concord.

Local Division I signings

Football

Player: Pos., High school/College

Adam Bisnowaty: OL, Fox Chapel/Pitt

Ky Kenyon: WR/DB, Knoch/Robert Morris

Jake Witucki: OL, Highlands/Kent State

Track and field

Athlete: High school/College

Richard Lednak: Kiski Area/Robert Morris

Kim Watterson: Springdale/Syracuse

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