Report: Conwell Is A Panther

Dakota Conwell

Pitt was one of the first schools to offer Upper St. Clair linebacker Dakota Conwell. Wednesday, Conwell has reportedly given the Panthers a verbal commitment.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Upper St. Clair (PA) linebacker Dakota Conwell has committed to Pitt.

Conwell also attracted offers from schools such as Maryland, Temple and Toledo. Just two weeks ago, Conwell attended a prospect camp at Penn State, hoping for an offer from the Nittany Lions.

"I'd like to get the Penn State offer, but if not I like the other schools that have offered me as well," Conwell told Scout's Bob Lichtenfels on June 28.

It became more clear in an earlier interview, that this one would come down to Pitt and Penn State, based on another comment Conwell had in reference to the resumption of the Pitt-Penn State series.

"2016, I cannot wait for that," Conwell told Lichtenfels the week before. "I hope to be playing in (the Pitt-Penn State game) for one team or the other.

If Conwell were to redshirt for the Panthers during his career, he would get his wish to play in the 2016 meeting as a redshirt senior.

As a junior for Upper St. Clair, Conwell rushed for 1,085 yards on 167 carries (6.5 avg.) and 16 touchdowns from his quarterback position. He also completed 62-of-121 passes (51.2%) for 916 yards. The 6-2, 205-pound Conwell is being recruited as a linebacker, and is an ideal fit at the spur position.

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