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Pitt lands Penn Hills’ linebacker

Written by: on Sunday, January 25th, 2009


One of the WPIAL’s high-profile linebackers recently made a decision where he will play college football.


Dan Mason (6’4, 220 lbs.), a standout linebacker on defense, and a wrecker of a blocking fullback on offense, verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh Thursday, according to Don Rebel, operations manager for the MSA Sports Network, who first reported the story on MSA’s Web site.


Mason, who led the Indians in tackles each of the last two seasons, was on the short list of premiere linebackers in the WPIAL, a list which included Gateway’s Dorian Bell and Canon-McMillan’s Mike Hull.  Both Hull and Bell are verbally committed to Division-1 colleges.


Mason was a part of a Penn Hills team which reached the WPIAL playoffs each of the last two seasons.  The Indians went 6-5 in 2007, falling to North Allegheny in the quarterfinals.  After a rough 1-3 start under new head coach Ron Graham, Penn Hills finished 8-4 and reached the WPIAL semifinals in 2008.


The Indians’ defense allowed an average of 18.1 points per game this past season.


When Mason was a sophomore, Penn Hills narrowly lost to Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL championship game.


Mason was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 team and was an Associated Press “AAAA” All-state selection at linebacker each of the last two seasons.



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