Pittsburgh gets another Michigan transfer

Pittsburgh is starting to feel a little bit like Ann Arbor East.

The Panthers' new coaching staff includes former Michigan assistants Calvin Magee, Tony Dews and Tony Gibson, all of whom were on Rich Rodriguez's staff. Pitt also landed a Wolverines transfer in safety Ray Vinopal last month.

Now it appears that Todd Graham's team has taken on another former Maize and Blue member. Cornerback Cullen Christian, who played in 10 games as a reserve for Michigan last year as a freshman, has said he is transferring to Pitt.

Christian played at Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh. As a recruit, ESPN.com ranked him the 18th-best cornerback in the Class of 2010 and a four-star prospect. He's listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.

He'll have to sit out this year under transfer rules, but he could compete for a starting job in 2012. Pitt's defensive backfield was exposed at times last season, and two of the team's top three or four corners this year are expected to be seniors Antwuan Reed and Buddy Jackson.