Canon-Mac lineman Paulina commits to Pitt

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For the first time in more than a decade, a Washington County high school football player is headed to Pitt.


Alex Paulina, a 6-4 280 pound offensive tackle for Canon-McMillan, gave an oral commitment the Panthers Saturday.


Paulina suffered a head injury in preseason workouts last summer which limited his junior season to just three games.


He attempted to play in the Big Macs’ first game of the season at Penn Hills but felt exhausted at halftime.


aulina could no longer play.


He sat out the next five games before returning for Canon-McMillan’s last three games, against Woodland Hills, Baldwin and Peters Township.


Big Macs head coach Ron Coder said that while Paulina’s playing time was limited last season, the junior’s combination of size and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect at the Division I level.


“He has the potential to be pretty good,” Coder said. “We just have to see him get tough and dominant this year. He can help us, obviously, but if he can do that, I think he is going to be able to help Pitt when he gets there.”


Paulina has been a two-way starter since his freshman year, when he was named to the All-Great Southern Conference team.


He also had offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia.


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