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Pitt Football Recruiting: Panthers Land Tony Harper, Converted Tight End

Pitt landed an H-back prospect on Monday night when Tony Harper committed to play for the Panthers. Harper has played most of his career at St. John's Jesuit in Toledo on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker. But he attended camp at Pitt last week and worked with offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, who decided to offer him a scholarship. Harper talked about transitioning from defense to offense with the Tribune-Review's Jerry DiPaola:

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"I could have played more offense (last season), but our coach said they needed me on the field on defense," said Harper, who's rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. "This season, I'll get to play offense. I think I can do it."

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St. John's is one of the better athletic programs in Ohio, and often produces Division I athletes. Harper was mostly considering MAC schools but his impressive showing opened up the offer from Pitt. He's now the fifth commit for the Panthers' 2013 class.

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