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Four-Star Offensive Lineman Chooses Pitt

Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:24pm
By: Carlos Collazo

While the flurry of commitments from earlier this week may have slowed down a bit, Paul Chryst recently made a huge addition to his recruiting class. 

Alex Bookser, a four-star offensive lineman from Pittsburgh, chose the Panthers on Wednesday night over 19 other teams including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee. The 6-6, 295-pound tackle is rated as the No. 25 OT in the 2014 recruiting class, and the No. 4 overall recruit in Pennsylvania.

With Bookser's decision, he makes a case as the top recruit in the Panthers' class. Out of the 20 other commitments, only two are four-star players - offensive tackle Mike Grimm and running back Chris James.

It could be the beginning of a great relationship between those three players however, as Bookser and Grimm could both be creating running lanes for James in the years to come. According to Rivals.com, Bookser is already much more polished as a run blocker than he is as a pass protector. 

With Bookser and Grimm committed to the school, Chryst has picked up the top two offensive lineman in western Pennsylvania and is proving that he can recruit locally--even with Penn State in the backyard.

According to Scout.com, Bookser was seriously considering Ohio State, Penn State and Pittsburgh, but the coaching staff at Pitt wound up making the difference for him.

"The coaching staff is probably the greatest group of guys," Bookser told Panther Digest prior to the season. "They're guys you want to play for."

With Bookser, Grimm, and three other offensive linemen in this year's class already, Chryst is making sure the offensive line stays strong in the years to come. These incoming players will also have a year or more to get adjusted to the college game, with four of Pitt's five offensive lineman returning in 2015, in addition to a number of redshirted players.

For more on Bookser's game, check out this video.