Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top offensive lineman J.J. Denman expected to visit this weekend

Apparently Paul Chryst is not done trying to raid the Wisconsin Badgers football team.  J.J. Denman, a 6'6" 310 lineman from Pennsbury HS in Fairless Hills, PA is expected to visit the Panthers this weekend, nearly three months after verbally committing to Wisconsin.  Denman originally verbally committed to Penn State in May.

Denman is considered a nasty brawler who has good athleticism to go with his obvious size.  He was recruited to Wisconsin by running backs coach Thomas Hammock who is still with the Badgers.  

Besides Pitt, Penn State, and Wisconsin, others who have offered Denman included Notre Dame, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Miami.

24 comments:

  1. Man it sure would be huge to land Denman. I doubt he would redshirt.

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  2. Maybe the visit is because of the O Line coach.

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  3. Chris, how likely is it that Denman commits after the visit? Also, is there any chance that Pitt goes after former Iowa running back Marcus Coker?

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  4. I doubt that he would commit after the visit. He'll go to Wisconsin for another visit the following weekend and they will go all out to keep him. That's why I wouldn't get my hopes up until he at least visits and we see how much he likes it.

    As for Coker, I have no idea yet if Pitt would be interested. He's from MD so maybe Pitt would appeal to him.

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  5. if chryst and the other coaches can convince denman to come here i would consider that a step closer to me starting to believe things are going to change for the better here. getting a lineman of denmans caliber and pulling him away from those other big time schools and out from under wisconsin would go a long way for chryst and his staff on the recruiting trail. it would also serve notice to other schools that this staff isn't messing around and has their act together.

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  6. What a whirlwind ride this kid has been on, with the PS issue and now this.

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  7. Finally figured out how to post a comment.
    I think Coach Chryst was a great hire and will be a great recruiter.
    And if what I said is true he has come here at the right time with all the great recruits available in Pa. the next few years.
    Just maybe we will be significant again.

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  8. What remaining recruit prospects are the must gets for Chryst and his new coaching staff?

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  9. Coker is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman a couple months ago. I don't thing there are going to be any charges but he was suspended for the bowl game so this isn't that surprising. I expect he will go D-II.

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  10. I knew he was suspended but if it's for that then Pitt won't touch him obviously.

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  11. Ptts OG commit adam pankey is taking an official to west virginia this weekend. If he flops, is it a big loss?

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  12. I can't imagine that an OL would not want to play for Pitt with Bostad and Chryst there but you never know what these kids will do. I think he's a good, not great prospect, but Pitt needs all the help it can get on the line and he would be a good development prospect.

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  13. Do you know if any players, recruits or coaches check out your blog?

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  14. Chris and gang, dont forget that Wisconsins stud lineman were not actually 5 star recruits. It's these type of guys that Chryst and Bostad have turned into animals on the line!

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  15. I am not a fan of 5th year transfers as the situation needs to be perfect as in the team is close in most all aspects and the transfer makes them contenders. Taking a 5th year is not going to help Pitt in their current state.

    As far as Pankey visiting WVU, they had big losses to their coaching staff today and that situation is unsettled. Personally, my belief is that if he feels compelled to visit WVU, his Pitt offer needs to be pulled. For no other reason than it is a WVU visit (lol). Seriously, I would trade Pankey and Parks for a Denman and Dobson with a player Cox (island) to be named later.

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  16. Chris - Your thoughts on Pitt v. Rutgers? Can the addition of Adams fix this? And if he one and done, this program is in major trouble. After him thwre is literally nothing.

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  17. Generally speaking, a 5th year transfer may not help much but with the QB situation at Pitt so bad, any competent QB could add two more games in the win column. Plus, sometimes a QB graduate transfer will have not one, but two years left. In that case, that would really help Pitt a lot. If that QB was good, of course. A perfect example is Danny O'Brien from Maryland. Two years with him would be huge but as of now he's not leaving Maryland.

    As for basketball, they stink and are getting worse, but the good thing about basketball is that you can turn around a team in one year. This season can't be saved, but next year, who knows? They could be very good again. Time will tell.

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  18. Dhuff, i havnt seen anything to suggest that kyle dodson is considering pitt. Do you know something about this situation that i dont?

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  19. I do not agree with pulling his offer because he is visiting WVU. If he really looks at all parts of it, he will stick with Pitt. That is his best choice from a football standpoint [chance of making the NFL] and his best choice from a professional standpoint [much better degree].

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  20. I'll certainly feel better once the current Pitt staff lands its first recruit -- any recruit -- on its own.

    Sure, simply maintaining the good class that Todd Graham & Company assembled is nice, but hardly enough. Because all those guys are long gone, won't be restocking the shelves for us next year.

    Chris, now that Pitt has a staff and (presumably) is hitting the road, maybe in the next week or so you can give us an update on where Pitt stands with potential non-commits in the current class?

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  21. Has the entire staff been assembled? I thought they still need a rb, wr, db, and d-line coach?

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  22. I believe Voytik has been in contact with Dodson and pushing hard. Voytik is pushing on Dodson and Denman which would place Pitt in a great situation if we are predicting the future based on hype, academic success and no injuries. It would also place Voytik in a real nice position as he would have a couple bookends protecting him. It would also be in both of the OL's best interest to matriculate to Pitt together.

    Look at the positives. If they work exceptionally hard and are actually not over-hyped, they will receive some of the best tutelage on their way to the league....together! I would be stoked if PC and Bostab can pull off this recruiting coup. Throw in Kugler next year and you start having a feeder system to the paying league and the offense improves drastically.

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  23. There's a chance that Denman will come to Pitt but I don't think there's any chance for Dodson.

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