PITTSBURGH — Class of 2019 Shady Side Academy wide receiver and Pitt target Dino Tomlin has committed to Maryland, he announced through his Twitter account Tuesday night.
The 6-foot, 165-pound receiver has 18 catches for 644 yards this season, which leads the Indians and is 27th in the WPIAL. His 35.8 yards per catch average is the highest of any WPIAL receivers with more than five receptions.
Tomlin, a consensus three-star rated prospect, also had Power Five offers from Pitt and Iowa State, along with offers from Albany, Army, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duquesne, Fordham, Holy Cross, Howard, Robert Morris, Toledo and Yale.
Pitt offered Tomlin in June and he took and unofficial visit to Pitt’s facility over the summer. At that point, he told Pittsburgh Sports Now his recruitment was open and that he hadn’t narrowed anything down yet, and said he wanted to talk with his father, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
“He kind of gives me advice along the way,” Dino Tomlin said. “He’s just telling me not to rush anything and make a decision I’m comfortable with.”
Maryland is being coached by former Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The program has dealt with a lot of adversity this season stemming from the offseason death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair during a conditioning drill.
Head coach D.J. Durkin was recently re-instated from his season-long suspension, only to be fired a few days later after public outrage. Former Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada is Maryland’s interim head coach.
“I felt it was the right place for me to develop,” Tomlin said to 247 Sports. “Get to see good competition. Close to family. … Get to play schools that passed on me.”
That list obviously doesn’t include the Panthers, which had still been pursuing Tomlin, but likely does include Penn State, where Tomlin’s friend and North Allegheny cornerback Joey Porter, Jr. has committed.
Shady Side will play South Side Beaver in the second round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs on Friday. That game will be played at Montour High School.