Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pitt football's 2012 schedule announced

Sept. 1  Youngstown State
Sept.  6  at Cincinnati  (Thursday- ESPN)
Sept.  15  Virginia Tech
Sept.  22  Gardner-Webb
Oct.   5    at Syracuse  (Friday- ESPN)
Oct. 13   Louisville
Oct.  20  at Buffalo
Oct.  27  Temple
Nov. 3   at Notre Dame  (NBC)
Nov. 9   at UConn  (Friday- ESPN2)
Nov. 24  Rutgers
Dec. 1   at South Florida (ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2)

I predict the Panthers will beat Youngstown State, Gardner-Webb, Buffalo, and Temple, and lose to Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and South Florida.  That's 4-4 with the remaining games being at Syracuse, Louisville, at UConn, and Rutgers.  Best case scenario, they win all four of those and go 5-2 in the conference and 8-4 overall.

Monday, March 26, 2012

How Pitt football matches up in the ACC

This is how I see the football programs as of now in the ACC, with the addition of Pitt and Syracuse.


1.  Florida State-  It's hard to believe but in the last eleven years the Seminoles have won 10 games only two times.  But new coach Jimbo Fisher has won 19 games over the last two years, the talent level is always enormous, and the fan base is passionate.  They get the top spot because while they don't have the highs that Miami has had in the past, they also don't have the lows.

2.  Miami-  Over the last 30 years, no program have won more National Championships or had more legendary players.  But "The U" hasn't been great in awhile now.  In fact, the Hurricanes haven't had a 10 win season in nine years and they are 33-31 in conference play since joining the ACC.  Plus, there's always a chance that another person will come out of the woodwork to say he gave players improper benefits.  On the bright side, Al Golden is an excellent coach and should be able to bring the program around.

3.  Virginia Tech-  Since joining the conference, the Hokies have actually been the best on the field.  In the eight seasons in the ACC, Tech has won their division six times and was second the other two times. They've also won either 10 or 11 games in every ACC season.  So why are they third?  Obviously Florida State and Miami have higher ceilings and if they ever get it together they will once again take their rightful place above Virginia Tech.  However, having said that, Frank Beamer has done an amazing job turning a program from a school in the middle of nowhere into a national power.

4.  Clemson-  One of the more underachieving programs in the country, in my opinion.  The Tigers usually average around 8 wins a year, but they have huge fan support, a great local recruiting area, and some of the deepest pockets in college football.  Dabo Swinney has had three full seasons and had 9 and 10 win seasons in that span, so maybe he's finally starting to turn the program into the power it probably should be.

5.  Georgia Tech-  Since the conference split into divisions seven years ago, the Yellow Jackets have won the Coastal Division three times, including two of the last four under current coach Paul Johnson.  But Johnson won 19 total games in his first two seasons and 14 in his last two, so it will be interesting to see if the rest of the conference caught up to his unique style.  Either way, the program usually does well with 13 of their last 15 teams being winners and 7 of those being ranked in the final top 25.

6.  Pittsburgh-  Since this is written for Pitt fans, there's no need to go over what everybody knows, but what is important is that the Pitt administration has made many mistakes over the past 30 years and the overall program is still one of the top 40 programs in the country. The good news is, the ceiling is higher than they've performed and if they ever get out of their way, they can be even better than this ranking in future years.

7.  North Carolina-  Yet another underachieving ACC program and probably the biggest underachievers at that.  Even though they are a basketball program first, there is still a lot there for the football program to be very good.  But since Mack Brown left after the 1997 season, the Tar Heels have been led by one bad coach after another, and Butch Davis even got the school on probation.  Now it's Larry Fedora's chance to turn things around.

8.  Virginia-  The Cavaliers program is always going to be limited because of their high academic standards, but because of a great local recruiting area and an amazing campus, they have been very competitive over the years.  Al Groh was considered a success for the most part at the school and he still only went 59-53 at the school.  Now Mike London is one of the best young coaches in the country so it will be interesting to see how far he can take them.

9.  Maryland-  Granted, Randy Edsall was an absolute disaster in his lone season, but with Mike Locksley back in the fold to recruit, the Terrapins should have the talent again to compete.  The local recruiting area is great which is a big plus.  That's a good thing because the school is going broke and their recruiting budget is practically nonexistent.

10.  Boston College-  As in the Big East, the Eagles should be applauded for being such overachievers.  They don't have a great local recruiting area yet they still usually have winning seasons.  In fact, in the seven seasons that they've been in the ACC, their conference record is 33-23.  However, the record has been declining every season, perhaps a sign that the worst is yet to come.

11.  North Carolina State-  How mediocre has the Wolfpack program been?  How about the fact that in the modern era of college football, they've had exactly one season where they had double digit wins? And that team finished just 5-3 in the conference.  Tom O'Brien is currently 33-30 which sounds just about right.

12.  Syracuse-  Historically, the Orange is much higher than this, and they have the potential to move further up on the list, but right now things are a bit iffy.  Greg Robinson was a disaster and Doug Marrone is currently 17-20 in his three seasons, though the talent level is improving.  But with little local recruiting area, the ceiling is limited.


13.  Wake Forest-  Thanks to Jim Grobe, the program has been respectable and in 2006 he miraculously led the Demon Deacons to an 11-3 Orange Bowl season.  But there hasn't been a winning record in the last three years and you have to wonder how well they will do without the 60-year old Grobe at the helm.  History shows that it won't be good.

14.  Duke-  What can I say?  It's a basketball school and there doesn't seem to be a big desire to create a competitive football program.  Two bowl games in 50 years says it all.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Malik Zaire commits to Notre Dame

The Pitt recruiting class was dealt another early blow this year as athletic Ohio quarterback Malik Zaire committed to Notre Dame.  Zaire was Pitt staff's main target at quarterback and the Panthers were considered one of his favorites.  He chose Notre Dame over Pitt, Wisconsin, Alabama, Nebraska, and Ohio State, among many others.

Friday, March 23, 2012

How Pitt basketball matches up in the ACC

This is how I see the basketball programs as of now in the ACC, with the addition of Pitt and Syracuse.


1.  North Carolina-  It's pretty obvious what the top two are, but I have to give the nod to North Carolina, who quite frankly is the best basketball program in the country.  In the last seven seasons, they've won two National Championships, and played in three Final Fours and five Elite 8 appearances.  And they are still one of the favorites for this season. They've also finished first in 5 of the last 7 seasons in the ACC.

2.  Duke-  Probably the second best program in the country but still decidedly behind the Tar Heels.  In the last seven years they've won a National Championship and finished tied for first in the ACC twice.  It will be interesting to see if they can keep their current lofty level once Mike Krzyzewski leaves, but even if they go down a little, it's safe to say they will always be among the elite.

3.  Syracuse-  The obvious third best program in the league but they're also among the top five or so programs in the country.  The Orange have won over 20 games for the past 15 seasons and won the National Championship ten years ago with a legitimate chance to win another one this year.  Like Duke, it will be interesting to see how well they will fare without Jim Boeheim.  There isn't a big recruiting area in upstate NY, it gets very snowy during basketball season which should hurt recruiting of southern players, the Carrier Dome is not as cool as it used to be, and the program's brand will have to change by entering the ACC.  To Boeheim's credit he overcame a lot to turn the program into a power.  It will be interesting to see if heir apparent Mike Hopkins can keep it going at the same level.

4.  Pittsburgh-  Some may be surprised to see the Panthers ranked so high but this is how they stand at the moment.  Four programs lower on the list have had moments where they reached higher levels that Pitt has, but those four have also not been as good as Pitt recently.  The Panthers may find it difficult to change their brand and style of play for the ACC, but with Jamie Dixon and great facilities at their disposal the Panthers should at least enter the ACC as the fourth best program currently.

5.  Maryland-  The Terps definitely have a chance to move into the top three in the future but they are also one of the more underachieving programs in the country.  The list of greats that have come through the program is long and the recruiting area and fan support is large.  But they also haven't been to the Sweet 16 in ten years, one year after they won the National Championship, and they have only made the NCAA tournament three times in the last seven years.  Mark Turgeon was 17-15 in his first season but his early recruiting has been excellent so he may finally get the Terps to live up to their potential.

6.  North Carolina State-  This is another program that can move up if this season was any indication.  After Sidney Lowe went 86-78 in his five seasons, Mark Gottfried won 24 games this year and went to the Sweet 16.  Gottfried is also bringing in a top 5 class for next season so he could be on the verge of turning the Wolfpack into a power.



7.  Wake Forest-  Yet another program that has seen better days even though they tend to get the occasional elite player.  In the last seven years the Demon Deacons have made only two NCAA appearances and two 20+ win seasons.  Current coach Jeff Bzdelik is 21-32, a far cry from the days of Tim Duncan and Chris Paul.  But with the right coach you just know they can always turn into a power again.  The problem is, it's looking like Bzdelik may not be the guy.


8.  Florida State-  The Seminoles are seen as a football power, but recent history shows just how well they have done both on the court and in recruiting circles.  Leonard Hamilton has led the program to 20 or more wins in six of the last seven seasons and in the last four years the Seminoles have had double digit wins in the conference.  He's built a nice little program but you also get the impression that if Hamilton leaves, the program may find it hard to sustain their current level.


9.  Virginia-  There are good players in the Virginia area and the campus may be the most beautiful of any major conference university, but it's been a long time since Ralph Sampson.  In the last seven years the Cavaliers have been 48-64 in conference play and have only been in two NCAA tournaments and two 20+ winning seasons.  Even Pete Gillen had just one 20 win season in his seven years.  On the bright side, however, Tony Bennett is one of the better young coaches in the country and he was 22-10 this season, his third at the school.



10.  Clemson-  This is a school that was never known as a basketball power, and they still aren't, but they've actually been better in recent years than some of the more well known basketball schools.  In fact, in the last seven years the Tigers have had five 20+ win seasons and have been in four NCAA tournaments.  But you also get the feeling that while they have been more than competitive recently, compared to most of the other programs in the country, the upside is limited.



11.  Georgia Tech-  Under Bobby Cremins, the Yellow Jackets had some of the better college players ever, and even in the last decade they have managed to get some of the best prospects in the country.  But the team success  has not been up to par with just two 20+ win seasons in the last seven years.  Brian Gregory is the latest coach to try to turn things around but he was 11-20 in his first season.


12.  Virginia Tech-  Seth Greenberg has done a good job in Blacksburg and in the last seven years he's had four seasons with 20+ wins, even though in conference the Hokies have gone 53-59.  But the bottom line is, you just get the feeling that Greenberg is getting everything he can out of the program and it doesn't have the upside of the other programs in the conference.

13.  Boston College-  Once one of the most under appreciated programs in the country, things have changed once they entered the ACC.  After a respectable first two seasons with their Big East talent, the Eagles have gone a combined 32-48 in conference play and in Steve Donahue's second season the team finished at 9-22.  Bottom line, it looks like from a basketball standpoint, the move to the ACC may not work out for the school.


14.  Miami-  In his seven seasons, Frank Haith had three seasons of 20+ wins and they all came in his last four years.  But if you look closer you see that in those same seven seasons, the Hurricanes had a 43-69 record in conference and only made the NCAA tournament once.  And this is the same coach who went to Missouri this past season and was named the national coach of the year with a 30-5 record so if he can't make a Miami power you have to wonder who can.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Panthers land TE Scott Orndoff

Paul Chryst's first commitment for 2012 is an excellent one.  Former Wisconsin commit Paul Orndoff of Seton LaSalle HS in Pittsburgh committed to the Panthers today over West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Boston College.  And that offer list would have been better if he wasn't considered a heavy Pitt lean.

I've made no attempt to hide how I feel about him as a prospect.  At 6'5" and 250 pounds, he already has NFL size.  But what makes him special to me is his speed, agility, and ability to run after the catch. I think he can be a really special player.  Chryst, along with Joe Rudolph, are specialists when it comes to turning tight ends into stars.  With Orndoff, along with Shaler's J.P. Holtz, the Panthers tight end corps have a chance to be spectacular in the future.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Various Pitt thoughts

First of all, I have bigger posts in mind but I have so many writing assignments to do beyond just this blog that I've actually developed a nasty case of tendonitis in my arm.  Therefore, I've been typing a lot less since it takes forever to type with one hand. I feel like Soul Surfer. But just so I can put another post up where the readers can have someplace else to share their thoughts, I will just hit on a few things that I've been thinking about.

1.  By now every Pitt fan knows that the basketball team is in the CBI tournament.  In my opinion, being in this tournament does absolutely nothing for the program.  Going to the NIT is one thing but this tournament is an embarrassment for a program of Pitt's stature. Pitt even has to pay to be in it, which is ridiculous.   Even if Pitt wins it all, so what?  Is Pitt going to put a banner up?  Are they going to end the season on a high note because they proved to be the best of the mediocre teams, then pose on the court with that highly coveted CBI trophy, which I can only assume is the same quality of trophy that you get by winning your tavern softball league?  And will Pitt have to pay for that trophy?

And that's the best case scenario.  What happens if they lose to a Wofford or an Evansville?  How does the decision to play this tournament make sense then?  It's okay to have a down season sometimes and it's okay to feel bad about it.  But this reeks of desperation to make this season end well.  But this team showed little effort all season.  Are we to expect now that suddenly they will try hard and play great?  It seems to me that it's more likely that they mail it in again and lose to an inferior team.

The biggest reason to play I've heard is that it will help the players get more seasoning.  I find that to be ridiculous.  They've played 33 games this season.  Is a few more games really going to make the light bulb go on?  That seems extremely farfetched that a few more games in an inconsequential tournament is  going to be the magic formula to turn some of these younger players into stars.

2.  In my opinion, next season will go a long way in determining whether or not Jamie Dixon can adapt enough to be one of the great coaches in the game.  I remember after Tom Herrion left I was talking to a very well known national college basketball media member about who the next assistant will be.  I was running some veteran names by him as I assumed Dixon would go with a veteran right hand man.  This guy told me that he didn't think Dixon needed an older guy beside him anymore because he now has enough experience on his own.  Well, I think that guy was wrong.  I didn't think Dixon did well this year as a game coach and I think he sorely misses a veteran like Herrion.

I honestly hope that there is a change in the coaching staff.  In the current class, Brandin Knight landed Chris Jones, Dixon was solely responsible for Steven Adams, and James Robinson was offered by Pat Skerry, and then was landed by Dixon.  I'm not exactly sure what Bill Barton has done yet.

I also hope Dixon shows more flexibility when it comes to playing certain players, meaning specifically freshmen like Adams and Robinson.  If Dixon starts Cameron Wright and Dante Taylor next year I'm going to go crazy.

Bottom line, Dixon is stubborn and he believes he can turn anybody into a player.  This season proved him wrong.  I can't fault them signing Taylor because he was coveted at the time, but look at the guards. Tray Woodall, Ashton Gibbs, Isaiah Epps, John Johnson, and Wright all have one thing in common.  They were top 50 prospects as sophs, but never lived to that billing, even while still in high school.  All four dropped in stature before Pitt signed them.  Villanova stopped recruiting Johnson before his senior season and Ohio State actually stopped recruiting Wright after he already verbally committed to them.  Gibbs, Epps, and Woodall also saw their offer list dwindle as their high school careers continued.  Yet Dixon still took them as if he felt he could help them recapture what was once expected of them.  Obviously Gibbs had a very good career but the others don't look like they are going to reach those heights.  The consequence of this is that Pitt is now stuck with a plethora of flawed guards.  Even Gibbs was very flawed but at least he had one great skill that helped him have a good career.

The power forward position is also a position where Dixon tried to get blood out of a stone.  In his system, Dixon expects a lot from the power forward.  He wants him to rebound, be athletic, be able to pass, and maybe even have some range.  So why he thinks Taylor and Talib Zanna could ever develop into that is beyond me.  Both were taken as centers with the hope that they would turn into power forwards.  Both are not even close to that.  Zanna can rebound.  Taylor can't even do that consistently.  The result is that Nasir Robinson started for three frustrating seasons.  What a far cry from Sam Young or even Levon Kendall.  Time for Dixon to sign a power forward that fits what he wants, or change his style, but this habit of trying to turn players into something they're not definitely caught up with them this season.

People at Pitt flat out told me that as of now, neither Lamar Patterson nor J.J. Moore can guard well enough to be a two.  If that changes then obviously the ideal would be to start either at the two.  If not, by midseason I would start Moore at the three and Patterson at the four.  Patterson can rebound at least as well as Robinson plus he's an excellent passer. Of every possible four he has the most skills that Dixon wants.  Zanna can still play a lot at the four because he can rebound but since that's all he can do I really don't see how it benefits Pitt to give him the most minutes there.  And like I said before if Taylor starts there then I'm going to lose it because it proves that Dixon just doesn't get it.  I would also give significant minutes to Adams at center and Robinson at the point.  Woodall can move to the two where he fits better anyway.

3.  On Pitt football, it's still at least a year before we have any idea at all how the Paul Chryst era will go, but I admit that so far I'm a little nervous.  Before people go off on me I'm not saying that Chryst is a failure or will be a failure.  But I wasn't impressed at all how he formed his staff and I have no idea what they're doing on the recruiting trail.  Well actually I do know and what they're doing is very little so far.  It's not about the amount of verbal commitments they have, which officially stands at zero, but rather the total lack of buzz on the recruiting trail.  Part of what I do is to keep in touch with a lot of high school and college coaches, scouting services, players, family, etc., and I can tell you that there just isn't a lot of Pitt talk out there.

That doesn't mean Chyst is definitely failing.  He could end up with Malik Zaire, Robert Foster, Paul Orndoff, and Dorian Johnson for all we know, and if that's the case, that's the beginning of an excellent first class.  And we know Chryst can flat out coach offense.  But he doesn't have those players yet, and combining all the info together, I have yet to see anything that's making the nervousness go away.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Update on Pitt Recruiting 3/6/12

Confirmed offers, with Pitt's chances to land the player at this time.  Chances are labeled as Legitimate chance, Too early to tell, Long shot and No chance.


Quarterbacks:

Malik Zaire, Archbishop Alter HS (Kettering, OH)-  Highly athletic 6'1" 190 pounder with other offers that include Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin.  He visited Pitt and liked it, and  is also a big fan of Paul Chryst and Joe Rudolph.  Ohio State and Nebraska are the strongest possibilities, along with Pitt, to land him.  He is trying to visit Nebraska and Notre Dame this month and it's possible that he will make a commitment in the next month or two.  Legitimate chance

Chavis Rawlins, Monessen HS (Monessen, PA)-  For now, we'll put him here but the 6'3" 190 pounder could easily end up at wide receiver or safety at the next level.  Originally, he said he wanted to get away from the area but now he has softened that stance.  Pitt and Akron were his first offers but in the last two weeks Illinois and North Carolina has thrown their hats into the ring.  If he wants to be a quarterback, a lot may have to do with what Zaire does.  Legitimate chance

Travon Chapman, Roosevelt HS (Kent, OH)-  He's not the athlete that Zaire is (though he's well above average in the department), but he's further along as a passer than his fellow Ohioan.  Ohio State won't get both (or maybe either) so if the Panthers can land one of them, that would be a huge addition.  The Buckeyes haven't offered him, but many Ohio scouts tell me that he's just as good as Zaire.  Northwestern, Illinois, and Arizona are some of his bigger offers so far.  Too early to tell



Running Backs: 

David Williams, (Philadelphia, PA)-  The 6'1" 190 pound speedster saw his offers go through the roof after he ran a 4.44 at a recent combine.  Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Rutgers are some of his many offers.  No chance

Corey Clement, Glassboro HS (Glassboro, NJ)-  Perfect fit for the Chryst offense and excellent talent that should eventually get more offers than just the two he has now (Pitt and Rutgers). At the very least, I think Pitt would have trouble beating out Rutgers for him, especially with the Panthers already having Rushel Shell.   Too early to tell



Wide Receivers:


Robert Foster, Central Valley HS (Monaca, PA)-  By now every Pitt fan knows about him.  He is a must get and I still think it will come down to either Pitt or Ohio State.  Legitimate chance

Shelton Gibson, Cleveland Heights HS (Cleveland Heights, OH)-  Big time 6'1" 170 pound speed demon.  Ohio State and Auburn have offered and are his two leaders right now, so it's not looking good for this one.  No chance

Jalin Marshall, Middletown HS (Middletown, OH)-  One of the best athletes in the country, he will first be given a chance at quarterback but will almost guaranteed be moved to receiver.  Committed to Ohio State

Tyler Boyd, Clairton Area HS (Clairton, PA)-  The 6'1" 165 pound Boyd can also project as a safety but it seems almost criminal for him not to have the ball in his hands.  He's a local, Pitt has landed Clairton players in the past, and he's an elite prospect.  The Panthers really need to land him but somebody like West Virginia, Notre Dame, or Penn State could steal him, and all three of them have offered.  As of this moment, I'm not as optimistic as I once was.  Legitimate chance

Rob Wheelright, Walnut Ridge HS (Columbus, OH)-   If the hometown Buckeyes offer then it's probably all over, but either way he'll probably stay in the Big 10.  Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are some of his offers.  No chance

Brian Lemelle, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg, PA)-  Quick, sure handed 5'11" 170 pounder that also got a recent Penn State offer, along with Virginia and Cincinnati.  Legitimate chance

Andre Patton, St. Elizabeth HS (Wilmington, DE)-  Big 6'4" wideout with offers from Rutgers and Boston College also.  Too early to tell



Tight Ends:


Adam Breneman, Cedar Cliff HS (Camp Hill, PA)-  The No. 1 ranked tight end prospect in the country has over 30 offers and counting.  Final four of Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Maryland.  No chance

Scott Orndoff, Seton-LaSalle HS (Pittsburgh, PA)-  Anybody who reads this site knows how good I think this kid is.  He is no longer a Wisconsin commit, and has since picked up offers from Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Boston College, and Virginia.  This is a must get for the Panthers.  Legitimate chance




Offensive Linemen:


Patrick Kugler, North Allegheny HS (Wexford, PA)-  Yes, he was only a western PA resident for two years, but still to not even look at the local school is pretty sad.  Committed to Michigan

Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon Area HS (Belle Vernon, PA)-   Excellent 6'6" 280 prospect that has loads of potential.  He has about a dozen offers including Penn State, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech but he's a Panther fan and Rudolph is a Belle Vernon alum.  No excuse losing him.  Legitimate shot

Mike McGlinchey, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)-  Giant 6'8" left tackle with a growing offer list that includes Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Virginia, Boston College, Michigan, Miami, and Florida.  Long shot

Kyle Meadows, Lakota West HS (West Chester, OH)-  I mentioned this 6'6" 280 pounder a month or so ago as a prospect with a high ceiling that the Panthers may be able to get out of Ohio.  Florida State, West Virginia, and Illinois are his other big offers, but more will follow.  Too early to tell

Dan Samuelson, Plymouth HS (Plymouth, IN)-  Big 6'5" 290 pound farm boy that is the very type that Wisconsin has turned into an all-conference player years down the road.  Other offers right now include Illinois, Wyoming, and Bowling Green.  Legitimate chance



Defensive Linemen:


Billy Price, Fitch HS (Austintown, OH)-  Big time defensive tackle that has already committed to Ohio State.

Taco Charlton, Pickerington Central HS (Pickerington, OH)-  Elite defensive end that has already committed to Michigan.

Brant Gressel, Centerville HS (Centerville, OH)-  Defensive tackle who at 6'2" and 280 pounds, has offers from Louisville and a handful of MAC schools.  Legitimate chance

Scott Pagano, Moanalu HS (Honolulu HS)-  The Panthers told one prospect that they would only offer if they thought Pitt had a real chance.  Then why in the world have they offered an excellent prospect from Hawaii?  He has offers up and down the west coast and to think he's going to choose Pitt is ridiculous.  No chance

Marquel Combs, Pierce CC (Woodland Hills, CA)-  One of the best junior college defensive linemen in the country with offers from the likes of Tennessee (where he's from), Arkansas, Arizona, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and Kansas State.  No chance

Tracy Sprinkle, Elyria HS (Elyria, OH)-  Big 6'4" 250 end with offers from Penn State, Arkansas, and Michigan State among others.  Long shot



Linebackers:


Ben Gedeon, Hudson HS (Hudson, OH)-  Many major offers, including Ohio State. One of the top linebacker prospects in the country.  No chance

Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep HS (Erie, PA)-  At 6'2" and 200 pounds he can play at linebacker and safety.  His only other offer so far is Toledo but he is highly athletic and could be an excellent addition.  Legitimate chance

Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing Area HS (Wyomissing, PA)-  One of the best linebackers in the east, and his offer list has exploded to include the likes of Penn State, USC, Alabama, Florida, and just about every other power.  No chance

Shane Jones, Moeller HS (Cincinnati, OH)-  He has offers from the likes of Penn State, West Virginia,  Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska.  No chance

Courtney Love, Cardinal Mooney HS (Youngstown, OH)-  Offers from Ohio State, USC, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Nebraska,  No chance


Hodari Christian, McKeesport Area HS (McKeesport, PA)-  Very good local prospect that also holds offers from West Virginia, Illinois, and Northwestern.  Legitimate chance

Defensive Backs:


None

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Anthony Standifer commits to Mississippi

Cornerback prospect Anthony Standifer of Crete Monee HS in Crete, IL, who Pitt was hoping to add to their 2012 class, has signed with Mississippi.

My USBWA ballot

For anybody that is interested, here is who I voted for:

All-American:

Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

Player of the Year:  Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Freshman of the Year:  Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Coach of the Year:  Steve Prohm, Murray State


I also voted for a team in my region, which were schools in Pennsylvania,  New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Delaware, and West Virginia.

All-Region:

Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Zack Rosen, Penn
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall
Scott Machado, Iona
Ryan Pearson, George Mason
O.D. Anosike, Siena
Kris Joseph, Syracuse
Khaliff Wyatt, Temple
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Player of the Year:  Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Coach of the Year:  Bruiser Flint, Drexel