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East Irondequoit Eastridge's Alex Officer commits to Pittsburgh

12:00 AM, Dec. 18, 2012 EST

There are more 300-pound linemen walking around area high schools.

It is a list that seems to grow, just like the number of Section V football players who find their way to colleges near the top shelf of college football.

East Irondequoit Eastridge senior Alex Officer kept his decision quiet for a couple of weeks, but the 300-pound offensive lineman has given a verbal commitment to accept scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh, one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's newest members.

"A lot of people thought I was going to Syracuse, because it's the local school, Louisville or Pitt," Officer said. "(Pitt) is a great university, I like the location and my mom likes the school, which makes me more comfortable with it.

"It's a football city, the fans love the game. They have talent; they almost beat the No. 1 team in the nation (Notre Dame). If we can put the pieces together, we can have a good team."

Notre Dame, which transformed itself into national title contender again this season, gave a scholarship to former Aquinas lineman Jarron Jones last year. Other high-profile programs, including Alabama and Penn State, also recruited Jones.

Jahmahl Pardner, Jones' classmate at Aquinas, is a defensive back at Pittsburgh. Pardner was the host when Officer made an official recruiting visit to the Pitt campus earlier this month.

"His recruitment went a little bit easier because of the athletes who just came out before him," said Officer's mentor and trainer, Greg Hopkins of Rochester. "When they did see film of (Officer), it was a no-brainer.

"The thing I got a lot from coaches was that they love his footwork."

Officer is listed at 6 feet, 4 inches and 310 pounds. Officer, a three-year varsity player at Section V Class A champion Eastridge, Pardner and Jones were named to the 2011 Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester team.

Four AGR selections or area all-stars from the 2009 and '10 seasons, including repeat selections like former Rush-Henrietta quarterback Ashton Broyld at Syracuse, ended up with Football Bowl Subdivision schools.




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