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** So, the big question is now that Pitt has received commitments from two tight ends, does that mean they’re done recruiting Steubenville (OH) 4-star talent Charles Reeves? My sources are telling me Pitt will still pursue Reeves even with the news of two tight end commits. Reeves is a major talent and no team will turn away elite talent.
UPDATE (1:10 PM) by Alan Saunders —
Former Pitt running back LaRod Stephens-Howling will join the Panthers’ staff as a graduate assistant, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Friday.
Stephens-Howling, 27, played for Pitt from 2005 to 2008. His best season was 2006, when he rushed for 893 yards on 178 carries and scored 10 touchdowns.
After his collegiate career, Stephens-Howling played five years in the NFL, four with the Arizona Cardinals and one with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career was cut short by an ACL injury sustained with the Steelers in 2013.
Stephens-Howling is a Johnstown, Pa. native.
UPDATE (4:00 PM) by Alan Saunders —
Some thoughts from Pat Narduzzi on the hiring of LaRod Stephens-Howling:
“LaRod Stephens-Howling will be our new graduate assistant. As you guys know, he’s a former great [Pitt] tailback and a NFL tailback. We’re happy to have him in the program as well.
“I actually met LaRod [Stephens-Howling] last year. I told him that his first interview was after one of our summer camps. I don’t know if you were there or not, but after one of our summer camps, he had stopped by. He was volunteering over at Robert Morris. He came out and I met him, and then I came out and said, ‘Hey, do you want to say a few words to all of the campers?’ He impressed me right there. He’s a guy that we wanted to bring back to the Pitt family and a guy that has done a lot for this program. We’re happy to have him back.”
UPDATE (4:24 PM) —
Coach Narduzzi talks with the media before today’s practice.