The graduation of All-American Scott McKillop left Pitt with a gaping hole at middle linebacker, so the Panthers made Penn Hills star Dan Mason a top recruiting priority.
The Panthers had reason to celebrate Thursday, when Mason gave them a verbal commitment. He chose Pitt over West Virginia, and also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Penn State and Toledo.
“That was a huge part,” Mason said of the middle linebacker opening. “That’s why I wanted to get down to Pitt and West Virginia. Both are losing their star middle linebacker. I can play in the middle, outside, wherever you want me to play.”
The 6-foot, 223-pound Mason is a three-year who recorded 100-plus tackles in each of the past two seasons. He was selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and the Big 33 Football Classic after leading Penn Hills to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals.