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Pitt beefs up its defensive front

6-foot-1, 340-pound defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni (Kailua, Hawaii/Kailua) has committed to play for head coach Paul Chryst and the Panthers, according to multiple reports.

Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington State also extended scholarship offers to the massive interior defender, who will be evaluated soon by ESPN. Utah and Utah State were among the other programs showing interest.

Taleni proved that he can move for a big man this offseason on the Nike Combine circuit when he posted an electronically-timed 5.68 40-yard dash, 5.12 20-yard shuttle, 19.9-inch vertical and 75.84 SPARQ.

Additionally, multiple sources are reporting that three-star cornerback James Julius (Orlando/Evans) is not committed to Pitt. Julius, who claims offers from Boise State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, FIU, FAU, Iowa State, Memphis and South Alabama, was believed to have selected the Panthers in late December.

Pittsburgh has 26 players either committed or signed for 2013, including Syracuse transfer Dontez Ford.