16 April 2012
If there's one trademark of the Paul Chryst offense, it's quality offensive lineman. And because Pitt has added just two offensive linemen in the past two recruiting classes, he's going to have to do more with less. But offensive line recruiting is a huge priority right now and Pitt took a step forward addressing it with the commitment of Chambersburg offensive tackle Aaron Reese.
Reese is unranked by the recruiting services and Pitt was his first and only offer. That would usually be more than a little concerning, but with this staff's track record, I'm not as worried as I'd otherwise be.
As you can imagine, Reese is excited (via Panther Digest):
"I am very excited to be a Panther," Reese said Saturday night, after making his decision known. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Chryst and Coach (Jim) Hueber and the entire coaching staff."
The 6-6, 280-pound Reese played both left tackle and defensive tackle for Chambersburg this past season, where he earned all-conference honors on both sides of the ball.
"I'm excited for where they are going to take the team, and for the opportunity to be a part of it," Reese added.
Wisconsin ran an extremely successful walk-on program for lineman that took in guys without offers and turned them into all-conference players. If there's any position where stars and offers probably won't matter as much, it's linemen. Reese has great size - and carries it well in the highlight video bellow. I have all the faith in the world that Chryst, Randolph and Hueber will be able to mold him into what they want in a tackle
Welcome to Pitt, Aaron. You're extremely needed.
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