With just two days left before Signing Day, Maryland has suffered its first decommitment of the 2009 football recruiting class.
North Allegheny (Pa.) offensive lineman Ryan Schlieper was offered a scholarship by Pittsburgh late last week, took a visit to campus over the weekend and pledged to the Panthers tonight.
"The reason why I decommitted from Maryland and committed to Pitt is because [playing at] Pitt was a long-time, childhood dream of mine," Schlieper said. "I always wanted to play for Pitt. I've grown up watching Pitt and rooting for Pitt."
Schlieper, whose high school is less than 30 minutes away from Pitt's campus, insisted he had nothing against the Maryland program. He just couldn't turn down the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
"I was completely happy with Maryland and thought it was the greatest thing ever," Schlieper said. "I was done with everything in recruiting. Then all of a sudden I get a call from Pittsburgh. And I thought to myself, 'this is your school, this is where you wanted to be and what you've wanted to do all your life.'"
Schlieper initially picked Maryland in August after considering offers from Connecticut, West Virginia, Central Florida, Florida International, Miami (OH) and Temple.
"His last visit was to Rutgers and the Rutgers coaches were able to get him to flip," Rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell told NJ.com. "It's huge because he's a four-star in-state player and he's a defensive tackle -- and good defensive tackles are hard to find."