January 19, 2007

A linebacker commit finds a 'Buddy'

Pitt's first linebacker commit of 2007, Max Gruder, made his first visit to the Pitt campus this past weekend. Gruder has been to the UPMC South Side facility for Pitt camps in the past, but never to the campus. He committed to the Panthers back in November as a linebacker.

Scott McKillop served as Gruder's host for the weekend. Before the campus tour on Saturday, the players took in an evening at Dave and Buster's while everyone's parents went to dinner with the coaches. Gruder said he played pool and video games at Dave and Buster's with Hynoski, Fieger and Brandon Walker.

After the tour on Saturday, the players took a visit to Heinz Field.

Gruder also said that Pitt's basketball program, in addition to the facilities, were a factor in his commitment.

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