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In case you were wondering how Pitt’s number of scholarships for the Class of 2008 fluctuated from 15 to 20 this past fall, it has something to do with players leaving the program.

Today, we learned two former Panthers have wound up at California University (Pa.), an emerging Division II power. The Vulcans announced their recruiting class, and the 19 newcomers include former Panthers receiver Marcel Pestano and linebacker Greg Webster.

Pestano began 2007 as Pitt’s starting flanker and had 15 receptions for 190 yards (12.7 per) in nine games, but was dismissed from the team late in the season. He had 28 catches for 424 yards (15.1) and two TDs as a sophomore.

“Marcel caught 44 passes during his last 15 games at Pitt,” Cal coach John Luckhardt said in a news release. “He has outstanding speed and strength and has the capacity to be a big-play receiver in 2008.”

Webster was projected as the heir apparent to H.B. Blades at middle linebacker when recruited out of Woodland Hills High School, where he finished as the all-time leading tackler. But after taking a redshirt as a freshman, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last spring and never returned to the team.

“Greg was an exceptional high school linebacker who has transferred to us from Pitt,” Luckhardt said. “He has put some health issues behind him and is now back in shape ready to compete. Greg has a very bright future here at California University.”

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