There are more invitations sent out than what is on this list, and some of these kids may decide not to show up, but this group is known to have offers and have expressed interest in attending. I will update the list over the next week.
Marcus Allen, Henry Wise HS (Upper Marlboro, MD)- The godson of Pitt great Curtis Martin, the 6'1" 185 pound safety already holds offers from Pitt, Maryland, Rutgers, and Duke. Already visited Pitt unofficially. Maryland will be a major player.
Patrick Amara, West Catholic HS (Philadelphia, PA)- A 6'2" 170 pound WR/DB who I think is best suited as a ballhawking safety, though Pitt hasn't decided yet where he would play. Adding another quality player from Philadelphia would be very beneficial for the program to establish themselves deeper in the area.
Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon HS (Mt. Lebanon, PA)- A 6'2" receiver that can flat out fly, Apke has been timed at 4.43 seconds in the 40. Pitt seems to have every advantage in landing him with his father being a star Panthers linebacker in the past, and his former coach, Chris Haering being on Pitt's staff right now. Plus, the position is not deep and he could potentially see significant time as a freshman.
Dorian Baker, Cleveland Heights HS (Cleveland Heights, OH)- Big, strong 6'3" 205 pound receiver with good speed, athleticism, and hands. Will be one of the most recruited receivers in Ohio. Pitt was the first to offer, he has camped at Pitt, and visited when the Panthers hosted Rutgers.
Noah Beh, Scranton Prep (Scranton, PA)- Great size at 6'6" and 250 pounds. Has the great wingspan, along with enough athleticism to be a defensive end, where he's equally good against the run or when pass rushing. And if he doesn't make it at end, he has the frame to add weight and move to the offensive line. Pitt recently offered joining UConn and Temple.
Saeed Blacknall, Manalapan HS (Manalapan, NJ)- An elite receiver who will get many offers, but he likes Pitt a lot. He's 6'2" and 190 pounds, and has run an 11.06 100m, which is a little better than the best time Robert Foster has run. Already has a Pitt offer.
Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon HS (Mt. Lebanon, PA)- Great left tackle prospect at 6'6" and 295 pounds. A huge target for the Panthers who are trying to completely change the offensive line. Could end up being one of the best offensive linemen in the country and already has offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia. There will be many more.
Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls HS (Beaver Falls, PA)- At 6'3" and 260 pounds, he can play as a strong side defensive end, but more than likely he will gain weight and be a defensive tackle. Tough, tenacious, and quick, he would be a major upgrade for the Pitt line and I wouldn't be surprised if he committed to Pitt early during the recruiting season.
Tyler Burke, Coatesville Area HS (Coatesville, PA)- One of the top prospects in the state, he possesses excellent speed and athleticism at an already solid 6'4" and 240 pounds. Projects just as well as tight end, but as a linebacker he has the potential to be a big time college player. Holds offers from Maryland, Temple, and NC State but many more are coming.
Chase Caldwell, Washington Area HS (Washington, PA)- A bit of a sleeper who at 6'1" and 205 pounds will probably project to linebacker.
Donovan Cobb, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa, PA)- Smallish linebacker at 6'0" and 212 pounds, but he's athletic and productive.
Sterling Dailey, Stone Bridge HS (Ashburn, VA)- Smallish running back at 5'10" and 177 pounds, but he runs hard between the tackles. He also has elite level speed with a 10.8 100m. To get speed is great, and to start to make inroads in Virginia would be just as great.
Anthony Davis, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA)- The program needs to add some big time corners and what better way than a 6'1" cover corner who can also lower his head and hit you? Should end up with a lot of offers.
Marquel Dickerson, North Point HS (Walford, MD)- Just 5'9" and 180 pounds, but he has good speed and quickness. Had a big junior year as a junior but his size will probably turn him into a cornerback.
Joey Duckworth, Louisville HS (Louisville, OH)- Already a solid 6'3" and 210 pound quarterback with a strong arm and good mobility. More of a pocket passer that can take off than a running quarterback, but he did run a 4.6 40 at one camp. Has some MAC offers but is considered among the best quarterback prospects in Ohio so there will be more. He visited Pitt for the Louisville game and it's apparent that Pitt is very interested.
Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa, PA)- Doesn't have an offer yet, but considering he's coming to this junior day you have to think he'll leave with one. At 6'2" and 270 pounds, he could join Boxen as a nice local duo to give a big talent upgrade on the defensive line.
Zaire Franklin, LaSalle College HS (Wyndmoor, PA)- The Panthers can always use more talented linebackers, and one from the Philadelphia area is an added bonus. This 6'1" 215 pounder can run and he hits like a truck. Potentially a big time player.
Mike Grimm, Bethel Park HS (Bethel Park, PA)- Massive 6'7" 320 pound right tackle prospect who is the perfect Paul Chryst lineman. Will have a lot of major offers but expect a full court press by Pitt, starting now. He likes Pitt and is already forming a strong friendship with the Pitt staff.
Connor Hayes, Traverse City West HS (Traverse City, MI)- Already holds five offers, including Pitt. A very good 6'4" 275 pound guard who could help open up the Michigan area.
Dravon Henry, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa, PA)- Considered one of the better free safety prospects in the country. While Quips usually end up at Pitt, Ohio State wants him very much so the staff has to start recruiting him hard right now. And they have. Has a lot of close friends playing at Pitt.
Jonathan Hilliman, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, NJ)- One of the best running back prospects in the country, he already holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, and Oregon. At a muscular and fast 6'1" and 210 pounds, he is the perfect fit for Pitt (or anybody else). His father graduated from Pitt and he was the godson of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward. Even with those connections, though, the Panthers are considered a long shot.
Courtel Jenkins, St. Anthony's HS (Jersey City, NJ)- Pitt was on him early and so far the Panthers are his only offer. Pitt likes their defensive tackles big and Jenkins fits the bill at 6'3" and 320 pounds. Needs to lose some weight and he's not very agile, but he strong and would be great at taking up two blockers.
Adonis Jennings, Timber Creek HS (Sicklerville, NJ)- Lanky 6'3" 190 pound receiver with great length and excellent speed. Pitt already offered, as has Temple and Rutgers. A game breaker who will get more major offers.
Anthony Khalife, James M. Coughlin HS (Wilkes-Barre, PA)- Kids in this area don't get noticed much, but the Panthers nabbed Shakir Soto this season and Khalife is also a defensive end at a rock solid 6'4" and 232 pounds.
Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk HS (Beaver Falls, PA)- Already verbally committed to the Panthers, the 6'5" 220 pound quarterback is an unofficial recruiter for the program, especially locally, so it's good to have him there.
Jarrett LaRubbio, Lakota East HS (Middletown, OH)- Outside of Pitt, he has just three MAC offers right now, but he's a 6'5" 270 pound guard who has good feet and is an excellent drive blocker. Got his offer after camping at Pitt and the staff likes him enough that they offered him way back in September.
A.J. Long, Friendship Christian HS (Lebanon, TN)- Small at 6'0" and 170 pounds, but he has a strong arm and he can really run. He moved from eastern PA, where Todd Graham was already well aware of him, so it's interesting that a different staff and a move away from the area did not make Pitt's interest in him wane. Already has offers from UCLA, Arizona, and Syracuse.
Darryl Long, Westernville South HS, (Westernville, OH)- The new staff loves tight ends and Long is one of the best in the mideast. An athletic 6'4" and 225 pounds, he already holds a Pitt offer, as well as a few others.
James McHale, Dunmore HS (Dunmore, PA)- There's no doubt that you have to consider small competition the most when it comes to offensive linemen, and the 6'7" 300 pound McHale plays for Class A powerhouse Dunmore. But he's right up Pitt's alley when it comes to size.
Shai McKenzie, Washington HS (Washington, PA)- The Panthers need an heir apparent for Rushel Shell and this kid would be a great fit. He's a muscular 6'0" and 210 pounds, and he also runs a blazing 10.83 100m. Will be a national recruit with probably 30-40 offers. A must get.
Montae Nicholson, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA)- Maybe the top player in the state, at 6'3" 200 he will probably end up at safety but he could be just as good as a receiver. Fans doubt Gateway players but this kid has actually done it against top competition in various camps and combines. Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan, and Ohio State are among the early offers and Pitt is probably considered a long shot.
Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg, PA) Class of 2015- Stocky and fast rising junior who could be a national recruit at 5'10" and 190 pounds. Has been sharing the duties on a loaded team but eventually he's going to explode.
DeAndre Scott, Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)- He's only 5'9" and 175 pounds, but he absolutely destroys people when he hits them. He's such a vicious hitter that people in the area compare him to former Eagles great Brian Dawkins. Also has excellent 11.37 100m speed. His coach claims Scott has offers from the likes of Texas, Miami, and Tennessee. Obviously Pitt will offer, too.
Terry Swanson, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa, PA)- Small at 5'9" and 180 pounds, but he is a good back with quickness and speed. He can also project to defensive back. He has made it pretty apparent that if Pitt offered him he would probably commit to them.
Brenon Thrift, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA)- Another Gateway player, but he was considered an excellent product even before he transferred from Steel Valley. Muscular and athletic 6'3" and 245 pounds. He says schools are recruiting him for middle linebacker but he played defensive end last season and I think that may be the best fit for him. Pitt, West Virginia, and Michigan have offered.
Micah Till, Henry Wise HS (Upper Marlboro, MD)- Teammate of Marcus Allen on maybe the most loaded team in Maryland, the 6'5" 260 pounder actually played tight end (and often lined up wide) this past season due to his great athleticism. Will likely end up as an offensive lineman at the next level, though he could end up playing basketball in college.
Troy Vincent, Gilman School (baltimore, MD)- The son of the former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back of the same name, Vincent was a surprise attendee, but a welcome one. One of the best corner prospects in the country at 5'10" and 180 pounds. Already holds offers from Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, and his dad's alma mater, Wisconsin.
Maurice Ways, Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills, MI)- Tall, lanky 6'3" 180 pound receiver with good speed and athleticism. Has a couple of MAC offers now but bigger offers are on the way.
Antoine White, Millville HS (Millville, NJ)- Explosive 6'3" 255 pound defensive tackle who has great quickness and strength. It would really help the program if they can start to get highly talented players like this out of New Jersey.
Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley HS (Monaca, PA) Class of 2015- The next big thing in the state of PA, the rising junior has everything it takes to be a superstar cornerback. Just 5'10" and 170 pounds but has elite level speed, quickness, and agility.
K.J. Williams, Liberty HS (Bethlehem, PA)- A probable top 5 player in the state and one of the best receivers in the east, the 6'2" 190 pounder has everything it takes to be a big time receiver. Same school as Devin Street. Already holds a Pitt offer.
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson HS (Jefferson Hills, PA)- One of my favorites before he even had an offer, the former safety is still built more like a safety at 6'4" and 205 pounds, but he has superb range. Once he adds the weight, he could be a beast. Recently picked up a Pitt offer, then followed it up with offers from Florida State, West Virginia, and Northwestern.
Daquan Worley, Coatesville Area HS (Coatesville, PA)- Super fast and quick athlete who at 5'10" and 170 pounds could play at running back, slot receiver, or cornerback. Doesn't hold a Pitt offer yet, but considering he's coming to this Junior Day, one seems imminent.
Elijah Zeise, North Allegheny HS (Wexford, PA)- Good 6'2" 190 pound size and very good speed. Seems best suited at safety, and that's what most are recruiting him for, but Pitt currently likes him as a receiver. Pitt, Arizona, and Temple have offered. With his dad being Pitt's longtime beat writer you would assume he grew up a Pitt fan.