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Clairton WR/DB Titus Howard issues verbal declaration to Pitt

Written by: on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

The pipeline from southeastern Allegheny County to downtown Pittsburgh continues.

Titus Howard, a 6’3, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Clairton High School, issued a verbal declaration to Pitt Sunday, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Howard becomes the sixth Keystone State prospect from the 2013 class to declare to the Panthers, joining Shakir Soto (OL/DL, GAR Memorial), Aaron Reese (OL, Chambersburg), Jaymar Parrish (FB/TE/DE, Gateway), Scott Orndoff (TE/DE, Seton-LaSalle) and Zach Challingsworth (WR, South Fayette).

Howard also keeps intact a pipeline to Pitt from Clairton that has recently included such prospects as Manny Williams, Kevin Weatherspoon, Trenton Coles, and, briefly, Desimon Green.

During his recruiting process, Howard amassed a handful of scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas State, Connecticut, Toledo, St. Francis (Pa.) and Youngstown State.

Scout.com ranked Howard, who is listed as a safety, as the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2013 recruiting class at that position and rated him as a three-star prospect. 

Howard is the No. 2 safety prospect in Pennsylvania, trailing only teammate Tyler Boyd (No. 13).  Boyd and Howard are joined in the rankings by Daryl Worley (Penn Charter, No. 62), Brendan Coniker (North Allegheny, No. 113), Zach Guiser (Greensburg Central Catholic, No. 118), Dashuan Roberts (Brashear, No. 123) and Danny Ferens (Penns Manor, No. 131).

Howard was part of a Clairton defensive unit which allowed a scant average of 4.9 points per game, limiting 14 of 16 opponents to 14 points or less while posting nine shutouts.  Offensively, Howard hauled in four passes for 129 yards, averaging 32.3 yards per reception.  He scored two total touchdowns and added two successful two-point conversions.

Clairton finished 16-0 for the second consecutive season and claimed the school’s third consecutive PIAA A championship with a 35-19 victory over Southern Columbia.  The Bears have won 47 consecutive games entering 2012, the longest active winning streak in the nation.

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