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Pitt Loses Linebacker Recruit Dakota Conwell, According To Report

Pitt's 2012 recruiting class took a hit on Monday when, as Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweets, Upper St. Clair linebacker Dakota Conwell switched his commitment from the Panthers to Arizona. DiPaola also tweeted that Pitt coaches still want to talk to him but that his mind is made up that the Wildcats' 3-3-5 defensive scheme suits him better than Pitt's 3-4.

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According to his Rivals.com page, Conwell is a three-star rated prospect, and he had scholarship offers from Maryland, Temple and Toledo, in addition to Pitt and Arizona. The site ranks him the No. 27 prospect in Pennsylvania.

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The high school senior measures at 6-foot-1, and 210 pounds. Scout.com, which gives Conwell a four-star rating, breaks his game down like this.

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Conwell is best known for his exploits as a dual-threat quarterback, but he’ll likely project as an outside linebacker at the next level. He is very instinctive and always around the ball. He is an excellent athlete who can cover or defend the run.

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For more on the Panthers, be sure to visit Cardiac Hill, SB Nation's Pitt blog.

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