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Aliquippa’s Baldwin expected to pick Pitt


Aliquippa All-America receiver Jonathan Baldwin will announce his college choice at a news conference at his home this afternoon, and is expected to make a verbal commitment to Pitt.

Baldwin had narrowed his choices to Pitt, Florida and Miami. He made an official visit to Pitt this past weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior had 41 receptions for 613 yards and nine touchdowns this season in leading the Quips to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. He has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month in San Antonio.

Baldwin would be Pitt’s 11th recruit from the Class of 2008, and the Panthers’ fourth since beating West Virginia, 13-9, in the 100th Backyard Brawl. Pitt also received commitments from Gateway multi-purpose back Cameron Saddler, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman pro-style quarterback Zack Stoudt and Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College dual-threat quarterback Greg Cross.

Here’s the story on Cross:

After being forced to finish the season with a pair of freshman quarterbacks, Pitt continued to stockpile recruits at the position Sunday when it received a verbal commitment from Greg Cross of Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College during an official visit.

Cross is Pitt’s second quarterback recruit in four days, following Zack Stoudt of Dublin (Ohio) Coffman. The Panthers also are in hot pursuit of Central Catholic quarterback Tino Sunseri, who originally made a verbal commitment to Louisville and is expected to announce a decision early this week.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Cross, who attended high school at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga., would be eligible to enroll in January and compete with Bill Stull, Pat Bostick and Kevan Smith for the starting job in spring drills.

A dual-threat quarterback who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, Cross is a first-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection who has passed for more than 2,500 yards this season.

Cross also was drawing interest from Iowa, Kansas State and Louisville.



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