Monday, January 16, 2012

Dakota Conwell de-commits from Pitt

Upper St. Clair LB Dakota Conwell, one of the better recruits for the Panthers this year, has de-commited from the Panthers and committed to Arizona where he was once recruited by former Pitt DB coach Tony Gibson.

29 comments:

  1. Chris, it would be interesting to have you revisit your initial 3.11 rating for this class as LOI day approaches.

    I realize it's still coupla weeks away, but so far the trend is bad: outflow and decommits of 3-4 star guys, but replacing them with one zero-star guy.

    Maybe this is why Wiscy wouldn't let our shiny new head coach anywhere near the recruiting trail for them?

    Please do me a favor, reassure me by telling me I'm panicking over nothing (if in fact I am...).

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  2. Pitt has not had a lot of luck with USC, plus the kid was close to Gibson, I think it was going to happen.

    Is Render Pitt centric?

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  3. Honestly, I think we have to see how it plays out. For all we know, Pitt adds three 4 star players at the end. Then losing Conwell isn't that big of a deal.

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  4. Render claims he has nothing against Pitt but it is very weird how Pitt has little chance with his kids.

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  5. Chris, will a loss like this maybe help with other players, ie deaysean rippy? Also, was that "three 4 star players" just an example or are there guys of that caliber leaning towards pitt?

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  6. Oh ok. Im not too worried. How many of us wouldve been upset with only 1 decommitment after graham left? Not many, especially since its not voytik or shell.

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  7. Let's wait and see how everything plays out on letter of intent day before we start panicking.

    Losing Conwell does hurt, but at least he didn't go to ASU with the Fraud. Hopefully, his defecting isn't a sign of things to come.

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  8. Chris, a little off topic but on your previous post i didnt quite understand an answer you gave me. I asked about savon goodman and jakarr sampson. You said that pitt wasnt really going after sampson but goodman was another story. Did you mean that pitts going after goodman hard? If so, are pitts chances good of landing him? Thanks.

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  9. I wonder where we would be if Cristobol had been hired? Chryst doesn't seem to be setting the world on fire with recruiting.

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  10. does this mean that conwell didn't like what he heard from pitt coaches to change his mind like that. or was he wavering from the get go on his choice?

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  11. i'll give chryst and his staff the benefit of the doubt for now. it does seems like quite a few kids are looking elsewhere or going elsewhere. i hope things turn around here soon and chryst and his staff can bring in some good talent.

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  12. Arizona trim 12 months a year or Pittsburgh trim 3 months a year, hmmm.....

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  13. I wouldn't panic too much on this. I'm not sure he fits into the defensive scheme that we are now going to run. He is probably better int he 3-3-5 which is why we had him in the first place.

    I do like Caprara, it never hurts to have a middle linebacker that is a tackling machine.

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  14. It is more likely that Pitts new staff has backed away from Conwell after getting a closer look at his video. D. Conwell is another over hyped player from Upper St. Clair like his brother who played for USC in 2006. The older Conwell was presented by his coach as a talented BIG TIME player who was got a scholarship to Indiana and was pushed out of the program after one year. He then moved on to Cal State and could not even break into the starting line up at the D2 school.

    Like his brother, the younger Conwell is not a D1 football player. Too slow and undersized for the LB position.

    Chryst made another good move here freeing up a spot for someone else.

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  15. No need to sling mud at a kid in HS making a life decision. If he doesn't want to be at Pitt, oh well, best of luck.

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  16. Chris, are any recruits coming this weekend?

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  17. Ohio DL Terrell Jackson is the one I know about it.

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  18. I don't think he or his brother lack athleticism, but he did lack height. Dakota was basically that whole team's offense.

    I also don't believe USC has ever had a very highly coveted recruit. Sean Lee was a 3 star kid at best and he turned out pretty decent. Was only the NFL defensive player of the month this year.

    There is no way Pitt backed off of him. That's just ridiculous. Conwell say him self as a perfect fit for that particular scheme and the pro style is not a good fit for him. It's as simple as that.

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  19. Conwell is a good prospect but there are a lot of good prospects. He wasn't an elite prospect. Losing a real difference maker like Voytik or Shell would hurt. Losing a three star LB is something that is not devastating. Pitt will have have many three star LBs.

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  20. Doke -
    The thing that worries me is that Chryst doesn't seem to be landing ANY prospects. I'd feel a lot better if this staff could land a couple solid kids.

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  21. None of it counts for a few weeks yet anyway. Let it play out. Pitt may end up with Denman, Holtz, and Bradley for all we know then losing Conwell will quickly be forgotten. Hopefully when the music stops, Pitt is sitting on a chair.

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  22. Dakota Conwell is a better athlete than his brother was, and has much more ceiling. He is also worried about putting on enough weight to be a natural 4-3 LB, as opposed to the "bandit" position in the 3-3-5 where is more likely to play in Arizona's system. His dad also played college football at WVU with RichRod, which was one of the major connections at play here.

    Also, Jim Render absolutely has an active dislike for Pitt, although he doesn't really steer kids away from the program.

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    1. Dakota Conwell is 6 foot 200 lbs and is not fleet of foot. He would not break 4.8 in a 40 yard dash on a good day. He will be a practice squad player at the D1 level and if he finishes college he will have a degree from Arizona which is comparable to WVU academically. Degrees from these schools are hardly worth the paper they are written on.

      If his dad is a WVU alumni I wonder why they refused to give the younger Conwell a look whatsoever.

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    2. You are out of your skull. 4.8? Have you ever seen him play?

      To compare U of A and WVU is just hilarious.

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  23. Does anyone know why Render has a dislike for Pitt. I remember when Conwell first committed to Pitt, Render was quoted as saying that he wished Conwell had waited before committing to Pitt and that more D1 offers would have come his way.

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  24. Arizona has the worst graduation rate in all of the PAC 12. Even worse than Arizona State who kept Terrell Suggs eligible.

    Programs like Arizona won't think twice before running a non-productive player off of the team. It happens all of the time.

    With Conwell being a 6' 200 lb. linebacker he will struggle. If he had enough speed to play safety he would be recruited as such. He will be ordered to gain 35-40 pounds or go home. That's the way is.

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  25. Crimhead, ive seen conwell play and he has very average speed. I wouldnt put a number on his 40 time but the listed 4.6 is iffy

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  26. The kid changed his mind, cut him a break. Where were all of the critics when he was still a verbal to Pitt? I don't remember seeing people talking about his 40 time then.

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