Schneider discusses Pitt verbal


Avon Lake tight end Dan Schneider

Avon Lake senior tight end Dan
Schneider made a verbal commitment to play for the Pittsburgh Panthers earlier
this month and he couldn’t be more thrilled.We caught up with Schneider to discuss his commitment and his future at Pitt.

Avon Lake senior tight end Dan
made a verbal commitment to play for the Pittsburgh Panthers earlier
this month and he couldn’t be more thrilled.

pretty excited about it,” Schneider said. “I had it down to three schools and I
revisited two of them. It was a combination of everything they had to offer
that tipped the scale in their favor. It just feels like the right spot for

(6-3, 230, 4.68) was down to Pitt, West Virginia and Florida State.

Schneider decided on Pitt, he picked up the phone and committed directly to head
coach Dave Wannstedt.

liked the way that conversation went.

was great,” Schneider said. “It was definitely a relief for me and it was good
to tell Coach Wannstedt myself. He seemed pretty fired up about it, too.

jumped on me pretty early. I know they saw my film early and they liked that.
Basically, I don’t really know specifics reasons why they liked me. I do know
that they were with me early and that never hurts to know that a school was
with you all along before you picked up all these other offers.”

is a team on the rise in the Big East. Coming off a nine-win season last year,
Pitt is looking to build on that this season. Schneider is excited to have the
chance to be a part of that when he arrives on campus fall 2010.

definitely good,” he said. “When I was making my choice, I wanted to go to a
school that was capable of winning. Pitt is definitely one of those schools.
I’m excited for it.”

was never really too excited about the marathon of being a top rated recruit.
Part of the reason for that is that he was involved in many other things that
kept him from the recruiting world.

not that I didn’t like it,” said Schneider, who caught 16 balls for 247 yards
in 2008. “I had a lot of other things that were going on here at home. I was
class president last year and that involved planning prom and such. Doing
workouts for football and trying to maintain the grade point average that I
have – it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it – it gets pretty hectic and it’s very
time consuming. I like to relax and enjoy my downtime because I have so little
of it. I’m not complaining whatsoever. It’s an opportunity that the majority of
kids don’t get and I’m thankful for it. But I am glad it’s over. It’s nice to
know that I have it behind me and that I can concentrate on two-a-days and
getting better for my team.”

who feels his leadership ability is the best thing he brings to a team, also
knows that there is a lot of work to do to get ready to compete on the next

everything,” Schneider said when asked what he needs to improve on to be ready
to play at Pitt. “Probably most importantly is speed and routes for the
receiving parts of the game. That’s because we don’t’ work on those as much as
other teams do here – and definitely blocking as well. I’ll be blocking kids a
lot bigger in college. Everything really but I’ll place a special emphasis on
speed and receiving skills.”

reports a 4.48 grade point average (5.0 scale) and scored a 30 on the ACT and
expects no issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Schneider joins Cleveland St. Ignatius tight end Brendan Carozzoni, Hubbard athlete Andre Givens, and North Olmsted offensive lineman Matthew Rotheram as Pitt recruits from Ohio.


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