Pitt received a verbal commitment today from Andre Givens, a running back from Hubbard (Ohio) High School.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Givens received 17 scholarship offers and chose the Panthers over the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Givens rushed for 1,433 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and is considered one of the top running back prospects in Ohio. Rivals.com ranks Givens the nation’s No. 32 tailback prospect by Rivals.com; Scout.com has Givens ranked No. 54.
Pitt now has 16 verbal commitments in the Class of 2010. Givens is the second running back to pick Pitt, joining T.J. Peeler of Ashburn (Va.).