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Pitt lands New Jersey DE

Pitt’s pipeline to New Jersey continued Friday when Woodbridge (N.J.) defensive end Max Issaka gave the Panthers a verbal commitment.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Issaka, who is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 24 defensive end in the nation, picked Pitt over Rutgers. Panthers defensive back coach Jeff Hafley, who keeps working his magic in New Jersey, spearheaded the recruitment of Issaka.

Issaka, who visited Pitt earlier this summer, is the second defensive end from the Class of 2011 to commit to Pitt in the past four days, joining Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward’s Deonte Gibson. Pitt now has 14 verbal commitments for next year’s class.

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