Canadian Khem Birch, ranked fourth in the junior class by Scout.com and No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.com, gave Panthers coach Jamie Dixon a verbal pledge on Wednesday.
``I chose Pittsburgh because I really feel comfortable with Coach (Pat) Skerry and Coach Doxon and I feel that they can help me develop."
The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Birch, who hails from Quebec, spent last season at Winchendon School (Mass.) and has transferred to nearby Notre Dame Prep this year.
Scout.com rates Birch a five-star prospect and the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2012.