MORGANTOWN — Nick Malone felt like he was a part of something special when he went to camp at Pitt in June.
The Panthers coaching staff must have felt the same way, offering the Morgantown High offensive lineman the very next day.
On Sunday, Malone made it official and announced his commitment to Pitt on Twitter.
“The University of Pittsburgh to me just seems like a family-oriented program,” he said. “From the very beginning, they showed interest and put time into me, so I think that helped with me making my decision.”
Malone, at 6-foot-6 and 278 pounds, is a staple on the Mohigans offensive and defensive lines, but projects as a offensive tackle at the next level, though he says he can play anywhere on the line.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi told Malone he could turn him into an “elite offensive lineman.”
“Coach Narduzzi has been saying they want me and that they’ve done their homework,” Malone said.
Malone holds three other offers, but Pitt is the only FBS program to extend one. Rutgers has shown interest, as well.
While it’s still early in the recruiting process, Malone wanted to finalize his commitment.
“I was ready to be a part of something special.”
Malone and MHS will open their season Aug 23, hosting Parkersburg.