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Beaver Falls’ Thomas picks Panthers

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Courtesy of Tribune-Review high school editor Jerry DiPaola:

Pitt added to its growing list of recruits from the Class of 2009 when Beaver Falls’ Todd Thomas said today he will join the Panthers next season.

Thomas initially was recruited as a wide receiver. He is rated as the 23rd wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com, 31st by Scout.com. He also plays linebacker at Beaver Falls, and could project as a strong safety/outside linebacker in college.

Thomas gave a non-binding verbal commitment to Pitt on Thursday over three other finalists, Penn State, West Virginia and Michigan.

A 6-foot-3, 202-pound senior, Thomas has averaged 7.7 yards per carry at running back this season, with 409 yards and nine touchdowns on 53 carries. He also has eight catches for 191 yards (23.9). As a junior in 2007, he rushed for 1,261 yards (8.3 per carry) and 16 touchdowns, with 11 catches for 172 yards and two scores.

Thomas has helped lead Beaver Falls, the No. 2 team in the Tribune-Review Class AA rankings, to a 7-0 record and first place in the Midwestern Conference.

Pitt has four other Western Pennsylvania recruits from the Class of 2009, including Allderdice defensive end Will Clarke, Thomas Jefferson tight end Brock DeCicco, Steel Valley defensive tackle Tyrone Ezell and Aliquippa offensive lineman Juantez Hollins.

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