Three-star safety Elijah Fields out of Duquesne, Pa. committed to Pittsburgh tonight. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder chose the Panthers over offers from Connecticut, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia.
"I called coach Wannstedt tonight and told him I was committing," he said. "He was really happy about my decision.
"In the end I just felt like Pittsburgh was a home away from home for me. I really like coach Wannstedt and Hill. I think they are both very good people and know how to take care of me when I'm there. Besides them, I like the team a lot too. All the players seemed really nice and I have a good relationship with them."
The coaches plan to use Fields as a receiver in college and there's even a chance the No. 18 prospect in Pennsylvania could play as early as next year.
"The coaches have told me there is an open receiver spot and there are a bunch of young guys coming in. Whoever wins the job is going to play," he said. "I plan to work out especially on my strength and speed over the next six months. I feel when I see the field I can bring a lot of energy to the team and do some great things for Pittsburgh."
Fields had a final word to say to Panther fans.
"I want to tell them to be ready to win some games next year because we're going to start off with a winning record."