1. Jaryd Jones-Smith, West Catholic HS (Philadelphia, PA) OT- Because there are no big time programs in the Philadelphia area, kids there get overlooked often, but that's good news for Pitt because it may enable them to steal this kid. He already has size at 6'7" and 315 pounds, and he is naturally big. He has a frame that can get him to 340 and I wouldn't be surprised if he reached that level if he signed with Pitt.
He's still raw and needs to get in the weight room, but his natural size, quick feet, and enormous wingspan is something the Pitt staff can really work with. He's also young for his class so that's another plus. He may be a few years away from making an impact but an offensive line class that has Dorian Johnson and Jones-Smith at the top is a great sign for the future.
"Burger", as he's known, also has offers from NC State, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, and Arizona. Virginia and NC State are the biggest obstacles for the Panthers.
2. JoJo Kemp, Deland HS (Deland, FL), RB- He's not the prospect that the de-committed Corey Clement was, but that doesn't mean that Kemp won't be a better college player. He's not big at 5'10" and 190, and he's not a speed demon, but he's quick, he has good hands, and he runs hard. He's very similar in style to former Pitt star Dion Lewis in that he's small, but he's tough between the tackles, and he is a much better football player than his size and speed would indicate.
Bottom line, Clement had the makings of a future stud, but Kemp is the kind of all around back that could contribute in many ways over four years.
Nebraska, West Virginia, and Kentucky are his top four, and South Florida, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Rutgers, Purdue, and Wake Forest are some of his other offers.
3. Jaleel Hytchye, LaSalle HS (Cincinnati, OH) CB- Even for a cover corner, he needs to add strength as he looks even lighter than his listed 5'11" and 170 pounds. He has topnotch speed however, and is a slick cover corner with long arms. He reminds me of a faster K'Waun Williams, which is a nice thing to be.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers get a commitment form him this weekend or not long after, but Northwestern is also in the mix and he's scheduled to visit there in January. Other offers have come from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Boston College, Purdue, and Penn State.
4. Justin Moody, George Washington HS (Philadelphia) DT- He had some nice showings this summer at individual camps which resulted in some recruiting services overrating him somewhat. The result of that is now he may actually be a little underrated now.
At 6'3" and 270 pounds, he will project to the inside where he can use his good quickness and tenacity. He is a little raw and needs to get a little stronger, but he could turn out to be a good player down the road. Pretty much the same level of Panthers freshman Darryl Render, who saw some playing time this season. As an added bonus, if he does decide to sign with Pitt, it will be good publicity as he has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 4th.
Besides Pitt, Syracuse is also expected to get a visit, and Rutgers, Temple, Purdue, and Central Florida have offered.
5. Blake McClain, Winter Park HS (Winter Park, FL) CB- Currently a Kentucky commit, but he's been looking around. To show you how much talent there is in Florida, he's considered borderline top 100 in the state and he still has offers from Pitt, Kentucky, West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati, South Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Wake Forest, and more.
He's 5'11" and 180, and he has good speed. Basically he has good everything, but he doesn't stand out as excellent at any one facet. But he plays tough against the run and he's a good athlete. The type who could be develop and be a good starter in the defensive backfield down the road.
6. Alex Officer, Eastside HS (Rochester, NY) C/OG- Alex was offered by the previous staff and after a few months of looking elsewhere, the current staff came back to the lineman. He's not the size that this Pitt staff likes, believe it or not, though he's 6'4" and 315 pounds. At Wisconsin, the linemen were at least 6'5" and even their centers have been known to go to 6'6". He's a little thick around the middle, his competition was weak, and he's raw.
But on the plus side, he's got very good feet, he's has good strength already, and he plays with a bit of a mean streak. Bottom line, he's a good development prospect that at the very least will add good depth down the road.
Louisville is his co-favorite and he also has offers from Boston College, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers, Old Dominion, Western Kentucky, UMass, and Buffalo. He also recently visited Penn State but left without an offer.