Aliquippa (Pa.) senior wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin committed to Pitt last weekend, choosing the Panthers over Miami. The 6-foot-6, 227-pounder is rated the nation's No. 49 overall recruit in the Class of 2008 by RISE.
"I liked the coaching staff and how they planned to use me in their offense and I liked that my parents can come see most of my games," Baldwin told RISE.
Baldwin's father, Jeff, is a former star defensive end for the Panthers, but that didn't sway Jonathan to Pitt.
"That really didn't play a role at all," he said.
Baldwin caught 41 passes for 613 yards and nine touchdowns this season and finished with career totals of 81 receptions for 1,356 yards and 19 touchdowns in Aliquippa's balanced offensive attack.
Along with Baldwin, Pitt also secured pledges from Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) senior quarterback Tino Sunseri and Norwin (North Huntingdon, Pa.) wide receiver Mike Shanahan last weekend. This comes on the heels on the Panthers receiving a commitment from underrated Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.) senior running back Cameron Saddler last week. Saddler rushed for 1,695 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns during his career.