Pitt's football team may be struggling but men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon just landed the highest-rated recruit of his head coaching career.
Power forward Khem Birch, a junior at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals.com and the top-ranked power forward. He made an oral committment to Pitt Wednesday night. Birch (6-8, 180), a native of Sunnybrooke, Quebec, is rated No.2 overall by ESPN and he picked Pitt over West Virginia, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and Syracuse.
Birch is Dixon's second commitment for 2012. New Zealand center Steve Adams committed over the summer.
* In other basketball recruiting news, South Fayette senior Mike Lamberti recently received his first Division I offer from Tennessee-Chattanooga. Lamberti, a 6-5 guard/forward, led the Lions to the PIAA Class AA championship last year.