Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Panthers add another kicker

Paul Chryst added a punter last week and now he's added a placekicker, too.  Chris Blewitt, of Alexandria, VA, is the newest Panther.  Blewitt is small at 5'10" but has a strong leg.  He is also a good punter.  The highly competitive Kohl's kicking camp rated Blewitt as the 5th best kicker and 4th best punter.  His other offer was from Temple.

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  1. Just out of curiosity, why not have one or the other perform double duty and then get a walk on? As someone who suffered through the tail end of the Harris era -- when Andy Lee may have been the team's best player -- I appreciate the need for good kickers. But two ships seems like a lot when there are other areas of need.

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    1. I don't have a problem with 2 ships for kickers.
      Kicking is about 15% of the game (kickoffs, punts, extra points, field goals).. so it is an important aspect of the game many college coaches overlook.
      Typically they look for a walkon and give him a ship after a year.

      Just want to know if these 2 were soccer players at some time in their youth?...
      and did they run track? ;)

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    2. Blewitt is/was a soccer player. Tried out for football because his friends were on the team.

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    3. But neither one of them was on the track team.. ;)

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    4. I thought Blewitt ran the high hurdles to keep his hamstrings stretched out in the off season. An additional part of his off season training, he would go to NYC and practice with the Rockettes. This was for foot work and in case the was called upon to punt as well. He followed Hershel Walker's off season plans but with the Can Can vs Ballet.

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  2. Hope the punter and kicker are good, because with the other "talent" Chryst is bringing in, they're going to be used an awful lot.

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    1. Name 1 commit that you know for a fact wont produce... Oh wait, you cant because youre not a freakin expert.

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    2. Kid can crush it. I like both kickers. Field position is very important especially in a PC led team. I kind of agree about the 2 ships for kicker in one class seems a bit much. However, we only have 16 guys coming in this year 18 including Savage and Durham, so there are in theory an abundance of ships available. This Blewitt kid was ranked 4/5th best kicker and punter at a nation wide competition. Also, the current guys on our roster are juniors at the position and we can redshirt these guys have them for 4 years.

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  3. Chris - BB question - please if you can, rate the chances of getting the following players percentage wise:

    1) - Beejay Anya
    2) - Jermaine Lawrence
    3) - Kuran Iverson
    4) - Rysheed Jordan

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. As of right now, I can confidently say that Pitt isn't getting any of those kids. But Dixon monitors kids for a long time before deciding to go hard after them. He really hasn't really gone hard after any of these four kids yet. I think Anya will go to Indiana and the others really aren't looking at Pitt hard right now either.

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  4. Don't have a problem with Chryst going after a kicker he likes.

    But the name is classic.

    If he's good, Blew-it will become an ESPN icon.

    PittofDreams

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  5. Blewit looks pretty good... (He was a soccer player that switched to football as frosh).

    Look at his stats at Eastern Showcase camp... held in NJ... he was #1 punter and kickoff based on yards and hang time.

    http://kohlskicking.com/profile/chris-blewitt/6838/

    He attended Pitt's kicking camp.. nailed a 55yd..
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/recruiting-insider/post/chris-blewitt-west-potomac-place-kicker-commits-to-pitt/2012/07/03/gJQAcUpYLW_blog.html

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  6. Ok Chris - last one...what's our chance of landing the #1 RB Green - set to visit Pitt soon?

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    1. Welll, with so many other top programs as his finalists, and the fact that Shell and Clement are already present, you would have to think that the chances are slim.

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    2. He recently nixed some big name programs from his list including PSU, Arkansas, and USC yet Pitt is still in it. I think the fact that Pitt is even in the discussion and is garnering a visit from this kid speaks VOLUMES.

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    3. Dj committing elsewhere is 100% irrelevant to where green eventually ends up. Are you really trying to tie the two together? Green isn't looking at psu so not sure what your point is

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    4. For starters, can we drop the Dorian Johnson meltdowns? That kid is going to PSU because that's where his parents want him to go, this had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with PC, Joe Rudolph or the program as a whole. Try taking into consideration that there is not one 17-18 kid out there that will make or break this program; Dorian Johnson is not an indicator as to what PC will be able to accomplish as far as recruiting in WPA or overall recruiting.

      As has been stated in a previous post, PC's focus right now has to be on winning this year.

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    5. That is part of recruiting Anonymous...
      Parents have a very large say in where their kid is going. Obviously Rudolph, who grew up in Belle Vernon, didn't do the job in focusing on the parents!! Take Jackie Sherrill... he was visiting the Dorsetts 2-3 times a week... slept on the couch at times.. lol

      Not landing Johnson is an indicator of Chryst and crew recruiting abilities... if you can't land them from your backyard... highly unlikely will will land them from out of state.

      In my opinion... Johnson was a gimme..

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    6. Gimme's don't commit to another school after one visit, Joe. Take into consideration that until last December, Rudolph was on Wisconsin's staff, not the Pitt staff, so if he was in on Johnson prior to joining the Pitt staff, how does he now explain to the parents that Pitt is the best school to send their pride and joy to when a couple of months before that Wisconsin was the best school for him?

      It's not all that easy landing kids in the first place, just because you're from a certain area doesn't make a kid from that area a lay-up recruting wise. If that were the case, Wanny would have landed Pryor, among others, that ended up going to other schools.

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    7. There's no such thing as a sure thing, but Pitt had to land that kid. They had a lot of advantages and Penn State had a lot of disadvantages. You have to get him.

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    8. Understand that Chris, but there's a reason the kid committed to PSU after one visit, and it's because momma pulled the trigger. In this case, Rudoplh probably didn't win over the parents, it's going to happen at times. Like I said earlier, the fact that he went from Wisconsin to Pitt probably didn't help him, not to mention the coaching carousel at Pitt and the coaches that PC originally hired and then left within months fo other jobs.

      I doubt this was a miss that PC blew offas no big deal, but chances are pretty good this kid ends up leaving PSU, he's got to much talent in front of him.

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  7. Ironically, I don't care for using scholarships on kickers so color me unimpressed... We need lineman... Most kickers start out as walk ons and earn their scholarships... Not saying that it's always a waste (Harper worked out) but 2 in one class is excessive IMO... I won't, however, say that this is an example of Chryst failing as a recruiter... I defer to the experts and I do have faith in this regime despite the mediocre class thus far... I did not expect him to set the world on fire before he has coached a game... Like most coaches, he will have to prove himself (which I believe he is capable of doing) before the recruits come running... I still have faith that when all is said and done, this will end up a solid class... Guess we'll see

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    1. Technically chryst can have a class of, i believe 31 or 32 kids. I doubt he tries for that many but i wouldnt be surprised to see a class of 27/28

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    2. perfect... i hope he fills up with a couple more 4/5 stars (Foster & Boyd) and a bunch of 3 stars that he can coach up... if he is successful on the field this season, the recruits will come... he just needs an opportunity to show what he can do (as a coach)... i was very patient with Wanny but, as we witnessed, recruiting is only half the battle... he recruited well but as the years went by, his recruiting declined... maybe Chryst will take the reverse approach... win on the field, win on paper, then win on the field some more...

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    3. J39...
      You still didn't explain why Green "visiting" speaks volumes...
      volumes of what?
      I call it like I see them..
      they are my opinions...
      Frankly, the way some Pitt posters put positive spin on Chryst recruiting is similar to PSU people putting positive spin on Sandusky/Paterno stuff.
      Get a reality check.

      Frankly, the kicker Blewitt... is probably one of the top 5 players of this class so far even though he doesn't have any stars... look at the link and stats I provided to a kicker camp.
      btw.. a kicker being one of the top 5 in current recruiting class speaks volumes of Chryst recruiting!

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    4. well it wasn't me that said it "speaks volumes"... that's ok though, I don't expect you to concern yourself with minor details like who said what... shoot first, ask questions later... anyways, i will take a stab at what he (BCPitt) meant... if i were a betting man, i would have to say he meant that it speak volumes because the kid is the #1 recruit at his position and he is looking at us... maybe he is interested because of our recent success putting RBs in the league, or maybe (and this may be hard to wrap your head around), the coaching staff piqued his interest... who knows? maybe BCPitt is doing the unthinkable and giving credit to the coaching staff for getting us in the conversation...

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    5. Jonn Jonnz.
      Everyone probably agrees... the chances of landing Green is slim to none...
      so, why waste any time on it...
      focus and spend time on those you have a better chance of landing that are top recruits.. my opinion.
      we couldn't even land Johnson who many said Pitt had a greater than 50/50 chance!! That hurt immensely.

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    6. When Tony Dorsett was recruited, Pitt stunk.
      When Larry Fitz was recruited, Pitt was mediocre like now.
      When Lesean Mccoy was recruited, same.
      Dion Lewis, list keeps growing.
      Anyone that knows anything about anything I believe would take a shot at the No 1, especially with the way RBS at Pitt have performed in recent history.
      If you don't shoot for the stsrs, well You won't get any, my God you are negative.
      Why not just have all walkons since Pitt sucks and the new coach can't recruit, that way we can save a lot of money and I can just give my tickets back.

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    7. Frank...
      A little history lesson..
      1. When Dorsett was recruited... 40 years ago.. I can't believe you use that as an example... Pitt had an ace recruiter in Sherril... who lived in Hopewell.. slept at Dorsetts house... etc etc.

      2. Fitz selected Pitt... if you recall... it was called Wide Reciever U at the time.. similar to top LB's going to PSU.

      3. Lesean McCoy did not pick Pitt when he was in HS... he didn't meet NCAA clearinghouse and had to go to prep.... Wanny was the only coach to keep in touch with McCoy and continually recruit him..

      4. Dion Lewis... another kid that got forgotten because he had to go to prep.

      If you go with a shotgun approach in recruiting.. you won't have success... focus, focus, focus on those top recruits you have a better than average chance of landing.

      For instance, if you look at 2014 class... offers at Blackhawk, Quip, Beaver Falls, and don't forget Central Valley (Foster & Whitehead)...
      I would be visiting practice every week... starting NOW... what college can do that? Anyone can make a phone call and send dozens of letters weekly.. but how many can show up at practices and games every week!!!
      If you can't land top recruits in your backyard... very difficult for me to believe they can land them out of Virginia at the moment.

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    8. Tell me, while the coaches are camped out at your favorite high schools, when will they have the time to recruit all of those roadrunners in Florida?

      MC

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    9. MC,
      Last I counted... Pitt had 10 coaches...
      plus Junko and Lasalla...
      Very easy for 1 coach to make a trip to beaver county every day this summer.. Don't know the practice times for the various teams... but can probably hit several HS in the same day.
      When school starts... Pitt practices are in the morning... so the afternoon should be visiting the top 2014 recruits HS in the wpial...
      Pitt typically plays Saturday afternoon... so go catch a friday night HS game every week...
      To quote Chyrsts... "It's not that hard fellas"

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    10. Actually, my post was a lame attempt at sarcasm. I just thought it was ironic that I used to argue with you that the WPIAL still had a decent number of D1 players to recruit but you always insisted that Pitt needed to spend more time chasing Florida kids and stop wasting their time with local players ("WPIAL players are slow, slow, slow...and lazy too").

      Let’s see...Wannstedt recruited WPIAL too much...Chryst recruits WPIAL to little...maybe the next coach will recruit WPIAL just right.

      MC

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    11. So JoeD, just go after the good WPIAL players because they all want to go to Pitt? Just sayin Joe, the best anywhere don't always stay home, Right? Everybody loses some. My Gawd
      It's a small world. Go after who u want wherever they may be. Period. Green may love Pittsburgh, who knows, Hugh Green loved Pittsburgh, Ricky Jackson came here. Marino stayed home.
      Rooster Jones, you don't know. And neither do I.

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  8. A lot of negative waves from this blog, way too many personal insults, it's only a game guys, not a life or death situation. Please try to keep everything in perspective.

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  9. I continue to be amazed at the obsession over recruiting on this blog. Sure, it is important, but no more so than mazimizing the potential of the 85 kids on scholarship who make up the 2012 Pitt football team. The Pitt team is not about high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Hopefully, posters on this blog will at some point focus on the team today and not on the possible team of the future. Enough said!

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    1. It's in the middle of summer. It's hard to talk about what the team is doing when they aren't actually doing anything. When the practices start, there will be much more talk about the actual team.

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    2. How about Joe D getting his own recruiting blog so no one will ever have to read him again. Hail to Pitt.

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  10. Agreed. No recruit, will make or break a program. We have not lost any recruit this year and have not gained any. In January, when recruits enroll and begin their collegiate experience, we can collectively agree that we either gained a recruit or lost one. In February, we will know for sure, so all this panic when nothing has been finalized is pure bunk and I would like to thank Joe for getting everyone off point.

    Let's let coaches coach and recruit. It will be interesting to see what happens in January and February once PC has one football season win/loss record under his belt (without his players). These new kids will be Coach Chryst's players and as such, be expected to perform. As far as Green visiting, it is a positive. Only Jody can look at it as a negative. Not three weeks ago, Michael Vick (from Virginia, with adequate sway), indicated that Corey C would be crazy not to go to Pitt. Why would Green be derelict in his duty and not check it out. Is he a required signee? No. Pitt will continue to recruit quality running backs because we put them in the league. Coach Chryst's offensive philosophies highlight everyone on the offense, so if you are gifted offensively, your high school coach, your parents and you as a player, owe it to yourself to look hard at what he and Pitt offers. Not being a hater, those are just the facts.

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  11. Chris,
    I saw your post on Caleb Johnson..
    He ran track... ;) lol
    And he is over 6' tall.. a prerequisite for Chryst it seems.
    Not to shabby for his size... 11.34 PR in 100...
    Pretty good in High Jump, 100/200/400/Hurdles... good enough to compete at States in AA!!

    http://pa.milesplit.com/athletes/1537977-caleb-johnson

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  12. Front Page Article on yahoo.com
    on Blewitt...
    can't believe national media jumping on the kid already..
    but it is funny.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/pitt-signs-kicker-unfortunate-last-name-blewitt-182217441--ncaaf.html

    The kid is probably going to be the starting kicker or punter or both as a frosh... mark my words.

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  13. "Coach Inoke said he's very interested in me, and he's from Hawaii like me, so we have a lot of things in common. He said they need some more island boys up there."... I think he will recruit well out west.

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  14. JoeD - I'd like to make sure I understand you. A. highly ranked kid has us on his short list and you want Chryst to walk away from that to focus on other highly rated players that we have a better chance of signing? Really?: Chryst should welcome that kid to Oakland with open arms and make his best pitch. You never score on the shots you don't take.

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    1. To answer your question... Yes..
      Chryst should tell Green to skip the visit..
      I say this based upon my opinion of Chryst recruiting (closing the deal, etc).... this comes from various media sources, etc.

      To use your basketball analogy..
      the clock is ticking... you only have so many shots you can take... you can use up all your shots at the Boyd and Foster baskets whereby you have a 50/50 shot or you can shoot at the Green basket which is 20ft up in the air and you have less than a 5% shot. Team with the most points wins.
      I wouldn't shoot 1 ball at the Green basket.

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    2. The above opinion is ridiculous.

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    3. So we should only go after Boyd, Foster and sure things (aka MAC level recruits)? That doesn't sound like recruiting at all... in fact, that is the kind of thing that has gotten Chryst blasted by you and other posters... "He should tell Green to skip the visit"... lol... glad you are in no way affiliated with the program...

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    4. Joe, that is, without a doubt, THE dumbest thing EVER posted on this board.

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    5. Joe - may I call you Joe? - I think my analogy is most frequently attributed to Wayne Gretzky. At least that is who I was thinking of when making the post.

      I guess we will have to agree to disagree. I hardly see where the energy spent on hosting a visit by a top notch recruit - who has us on his short list - somehow diverts us from more productive activities.

      Here's a couple of other thoughts:
      - even if he goes elsewhere, by graciously hosting him, Chryst & Co. get a chance to make a good impression... one that he might share with others anecdotally...perhaps the next big time kid, a cousin, brother, or underclass teammate.
      - the kid's parents might actually return from a pleasant visit and share that with the HS coach, other parents, etc.
      - We don't get a bad reputation for not giving top recruits the time of day... that kind of stuff gets around a lot faster than the nice comments.
      - its always good practice for the program to host big time recruits. Deal closing is a learned behavior. Most people are not born with that innate ability.

      In the end, I think - my opinion - its about reputation and relationship building. And that is not built within the confines of a 30 second shot clock. This is a process that will take more time than many impatient armchair QB/coaches can handle. And a good one is not built by telling people who would improve the team to go elsewhere.

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  15. Makes sense to me that PC would use scholarships on a punter and kicker in this class. His base offense will rely on power FB and field position. Kickers and punters are vital parts of that process. Anyone remember how Andy Lee could help the defense by bailing out a poor offensive series with a booming punt? Are any of you as sick as I am of seeing kick offs that don't go past the 10 yard line or pooch punts from the other teams 40 yard line? I say use the ships and get big time kickers into the program!

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  16. Joe, the clock is ticking? Were 7 months from signing day you're right we should start scrambling bro

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  17. JoeD is just plain bad for the site. Can someone block him or make him go to a wvu site?

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  18. Chris, the new playoff in CFB is putting an emphasis on SOS in two years. Do you think pitt non conference schedule will look like wvu, psu & ND plus ACC? That would be one challenging schedule.

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    1. Not sure if WVU would be one of those, PSU I think is only a 2 game series, and we have traditionally always played ND, especially now w/ ACC ties.

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  19. Why does anyone bother to engage Joe D on this site? If ignored, maybe he will go away.

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  20. I have no problem taking a kicker and punter in this class. Personally, I place a high value on special teams and if you can win field position battles and get 3 points on the board in games where momentum is hard to come by (think of potentially defensive struggles with teams like Va Tech) then I am all for it.

    As for Green, of course you continue to recruit him as hard as you possibly can. There is plenty of time in the day to recruit Green, Foster, Boyd, Shmoyd, Floyd, Lloyd or any other recruit putting on a helmet. This is their (coaches) jobs. This is what they are paid good money to do. This is what they ARE doing. As someone mentioned above, we have a long way to go to signing day. To give up on a recruit in early July (especially a recruit as highly regarded as Green) who has shown interest in the program is crazy talk.

    JoeD, I am all for someone being able to express their opinions but history on this blog has shown that if HCPC did what you are in fact suggesting he do, you would be the first person on here bashing him like crazy. Come on, man. Think about it and be realistic for a second. You want HCPC to STOP recruiting arguably the top RB in the Nation because calling and texting and writing letters to him is taking away from Foster and Boyd (who appears to have little interest in Pitt by the way)? That doesn't make sense.

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  21. Admittedly, Green is a physical specimen and a really good looking back.

    But not the perfect back.

    Does not get away from tacklers as well as he should for a guy who really is 4.3 or whatever in the forty.

    He also goes down easier than what he should for the kind of back he is in high school.

    Not sure how successfull he's going to be on the next level.

    However, would love to see how he would do running between the tackles in a Chryst offense.

    Maybe PC knows something we don't about the level of interest this kid has in coming to Pitt.

    PittofDreams

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  22. Not that many people go to Pittsburgh for a vacation. Green must either not value his time very much or he is sincerely interested in looking a Pitt as a possible choice. We shall see.

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  23. Chris, is pitt still recruiting any qb's? I saw on rivals they were looking at cali juco lamar mcknight

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  24. I wouldn't get too excited about Pitt being one of Green's five official visits since he's already visited over a dozen schools already. But all you can ask for is a shot so you never know.

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  25. Bowling Green PantherJuly 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The visit by Green is a really good sign for Pitt whether we land him or not. The odds are small that he selects Pitt but it shows that we are at least in the running for top notch players and the more names and higher recruits mentioned along with the words "visiting Pitt" or narrowed choices down to Pitt..." will help to create some recruiting buzz for the future.

    Some kids that we have swung and missed on this year were recruits who were simply there to make a better entrance in their area next year.

    Of everything I have seen from Chryst, I think this little fact impresses me the most: He seems to want to build a program and recruiting base for the long term. Building the foundations with local high schools and coaches; a lower pressure-building relationshis approach; not afraid to take recruits who may be 2 or 3 years away from contibuting. It might be 2 or 3 years before we truly see where he can take this program but the foundation is there. I like it.

    Now if he loses 10 games this year he may not be around long enought to realize it. But I don't see that hapening.

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  26. BGP - Amen.

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  27. Chris,

    Any sense of the positions Pitt is looking to fill in the 2013 b-ball recruiting class? Obviously there are holes in the frontcourt, but it seems the staff is recruiting PG's and SF's as well. Is there any player(s) Pitt is recruiting hard or are they still taking a "wait-and-see" keep their options open approach?

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  28. Heard on Tim Benz morning show that Clemson fans are posting on Rivals that the ACC presidents have met or are going to meet with Notre Dame officials possibly concerning membership into the league. Very interesting.

    MC

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    1. Yeah, I heard about that yesterday but it was on just one website, and it was a website that Clemson fans didn't even go to, so I questioned the accuracy.

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  29. It look less time than thought.

    ESPN has already taken note of Pitt's kicker to be Chris Blewitt.

    According to the Tribune Review, he was mentioned on ESPN’s “College Football Live.”

    But you've got to love the kid's attitude... or confidence.

    “With a name like that, I guess I have to be good,” says Blewitt.

    PittofDreams

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  30. When your other offer is Temple, I don't care accolades you were receiving at a kicking clinic. Add him to the WR with a Toledo offer and a linemen with an Akron offer. This is getting pathec.

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