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2014 LB Thrift has two offers, leader

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2014 linebacker Brenon Thrift recently made the move from Steel Valley to Gateway. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker currently has two scholarships and many other schools interested.
"I've got two verbals from West Virginia and Pittsburgh," he said. "West Virginia verbally offered last summer when I was down at camp and then Pittsburgh offered during the season."
Thrift discussed both schools.
"I'm really interested in West Virginia right now. Pittsburgh is still in consideration, but I like Coach Dana (Holgorsen) talked to me and I like his vibe. West Virginia is what I like right now.
"I just like the program and how the coaches are more real. I went down to Pittsburgh and they acted like they were not really interested, but Coach Dana came up and talked to me more and showed me more love."
Thrift hasn't visited too many schools yet, but plans to head to Rutgers, Toledo, West Virginia and Penn State this summer, notably camps at the last two.
The Keystone State sophomore is looking for a few things on his visits.
"I'm looking for somewhere I can play early and a good education, those are my main priorities," he said. "I also don't want to be too far away from home. I don't want to get home sick. I want to be on the East Coast. I would like to study communications too, so possibly if I go pro, I can be a commentator too."
Other schools Thrift is hearing from at this time include Delaware, Michigan State, Virginia, Akron and more.
Last season, Thrift posted 115 tackles including 50 solo and three sacks while earning all-conference honors for Steel Valley.
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