Pittsburgh scored a big one on Monday when five-star forward Dante Taylor popped for the Big East program.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward from National Christian in Fort Washington, Md., gave a nod to Jamie Dixon and staff this week, according to his high school coach Trevor Brown.
"They've been recruiting him the longest and there was a chance for good playing time and he liked their style of play with the coaching staff that they have," Brown said. "They've been able to establish a good relationship with the coaches for the last couple of years, too."
Taylor joins Lamar Patterson and Darnell Dodson in the 2009 recruiting class for the Panthers. Brown said Taylor liked the blue-collar attitude of the Pittsburgh team and saw himself shining in it much like Dejuan Blair did as a freshman last season.
"Our whole thing is when we play is that 'we are going to win because we play too hard.' That's our motto. So when he was watching Pitt play, he would say that they are going to win because they play too hard," Brown said.
Taylor does indeed play hard. He plays smart and plays strong, too. The New York native also considered Kansas, Memphis, Pitt, UConn, and Syracuse.