Quarterback: There are no quarterbacks on the roster currently, or any of the known quarterbacks of the future, who are the type who is almost guaranteed to put the program on their back and bring it to new heights. But at the same time, Tom Savage, Chad Voytik, Tra'von Chapman, and perhaps Chandler Kincade all at least have the potential to reach that level if their best case scenario is reached. This year Chryst added Chapman, a strong armed athlete from Ohio. He's not the Ohio quarterback that Chryst wanted the most. That would be Malik Zaire. But Chapman is not far behind at this stage and has the potential to be just as good if not better in college. Were the needs met for this position? Yes.
Running backs: Isaac Bennett is only a sophomore and Malcolm Crockett is a redshirt freshman. This year's incoming running back star is Rushell Shell. All will be around for awhile. At fullback, Mark Giubilato and David Durham will be back for multiple years, too. But with Chryst's offense, running backs are at a premium so he went out and got strong running halfback Corey Clement and tough Gateway fullback Jaymar Parrish. Were the needs met for this position? Yes.
Wide receivers: This is a position in flux. Dave Wannstedt preferred big receivers and Todd Graham preferred fast, small receivers. The result is a mismatched bunch with an identity problem. The best chance of the current group to be a star is junior Devin Street but I can see a strong possibility of him going to the NFL after this season. With Michael Shanahan and Cameron Saddler also moving on, this group is weakened even more in the near future. While there are some receivers with potential none have proven themselves yet. The program will not be a strong until they get a strong quarterback and it's going to be hard to have a strong quarterback with suspect receivers. That's why the staff needs to add quality talent at the position. Zach Challingsworth has committed in this class, and even though he's a bit of a sleeper, much more is needed. Were the needs met for this position? No.
Tight ends: Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph loves to utilize tight ends and that doesn't look like a problem in the present or the future. True freshman J.P. Holtz is already showing signs that he'll be an excellent player and Brendan Carozzoni and Drew Carswell will also be around for two more years after this season. The 2013 class also adds Tony Harper and Scott Orndoff. Orndoff has great potential. Were the needs met for the position? Yes.
Offensive line: Entering the season the depth was not good. Now it's even worse. There needs to be a lot needed at the position, both in numbers and talent. Only two, Carson Baker and Aaron Reese, have been added for the 2013 class and while both may turn out to be good players in the future, it's not nearly enough at this time. Were the needs met for the position? No.
Defensive line: Like the offensive line, the defensive line needs a lot of help in talent and numbers. Two incoming freshmen, Daryl Render and Terrell Jackson, could be forced to see time even though both should be redshirted. At defensive tackle, only Tyrique Jarrett, a giant City League kid who is prepping in New York this year, has been added. At defensive end, underrated Shakir Soto has been added, as has Michigan native Luke Maclean, and promising James Conner. However, Conner is still looking around despite his commitment, and his eligibility is suspect. Another tackle or two is needed and none are elite prospects. Were the needs met for the position? No.
Linebackers: Ten linebackers will be back next year so the numbers will eventually get better, but of those ten, none have the look of a big time player. I'm not saying none will end up being all-star caliber, and in fact I assume one or two will, but the talent level definitely needs an upgrade. A big time national level linebacker recruit has been missing from the program for years and so far only Matt Galambos has been added. Like the rest of the unit, he has the potential to be a good player, but that big time star recruit at the position is still missing. Were the needs met for the position? No.
Defensive backs: There's a lot of talent and depth at the position, and in fact it's the best unit on the team. But you can never have enough defensive backs, especially cornerbacks. With so many holes to fill, I can see the staff not taking the normal three or more defensive backs, but only one lesser recruited one has been added so far and that's less than ideal. Were the needs met for the position? No.
Kickers: A kicker, Chris Blewitt, and a punter, Ryan Winslow, were added. Enough said. Were the needs met for the position? Yes.
The bottom line, up to this point, is that the staff has added some quality, hard nosed players, who are also good people. These are the types you can win with as long as you pair them with elite players. All of the verbal commitments thus far are worthy high major players, even if they don't all project to be stars. You need stars, yes, but any program, even the elite ones, have the kinds of players who hold down the bottom end while the stars are being stars. Chryst is building the bedrock of his program. Now he needs the stars to stand on that bedrock.
How does Pitt improve on that for the 2013 class? I'll mention the same two names that I've mentioned all year- Robert Foster and Dorian Johnson. With just those two players, every position on offense will be improved through recruiting this year. Chapman, Clement, and Orndoff are not elite prospects at most places, but with Chryst they are because they are the perfect fit for what he does so well. But Foster and Johnson are the types of prospects that will immediately turn two weak units into two strong units. They will also send word to the WPIAL, and the nation, that Pitt is a team to be reckoned with in the future.
Then there is the defense. I don't really see a chance of a big time prospect being added this year that will make a significant difference in the near future of the program, so adding some numbers to the position may be the best the program can do this season. But that's okay as long as in the 2014 recruiting class Pitt does step it up with more program changing players. Every position can't be fortified all at once. There are too many holes in the program- nothing major, but there are too few star players and too few players overall.