Dave Wannstedt's 15th verbal for the class of 2010 was quite literally a big one.
Arthur Doakes, a 6'6" 350 lbs. lineman from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, committed to the Panthers on Tuesday. Doakes is a three-star recruit according to scout.com. Rivals.com has not rated him at this point.
Doaks chose Pitt over offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Temple, and Troy. He was receiving interest from a number of other BCS schools. UConn, BC, Michigan State, UVA, Notre Dame, and WVU were all showing interest, but none of these teams had extended an offer to Doakes.
According to his coach, "We are primarily a pass-oriented team—we run a no-huddle 'air raid' and throw the ball almost every down—and he's an excellent pass protector."
Did he say a no-huddle, air-it-out offense? At least he'll be as poorly prepared as possible for our Stone Age offense.
Now, it's obviously way too early to project the young man's career, but while the recruiting services project Doakes as a guard, I can't help think that he might be a perfect 3-4 nose tackle.