Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Panthers land big Ohio quarterback

Paul Chryst finally added a quarterback for the current recruiting class, as Adam Bertke of Marion HS of Maria Stein, OH, has reportedly committed to the Panthers.  The 6'5" 195 pound Bertke obviously has great height, but just as obviously he needs to add a lot more muscle. Bertke is a pocket passer who isn't a runner, but does move well in the pocket.  He also has above average arm strength.  Other offers included Illinois, Toledo, Akron, Kent State, and Bowling Green.

25 comments:

  1. Chris, is this an upgrade from kincaid?

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    1. The staff thinks so. They offered Bertke and decided to mutualy part ways with Kincade.

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  2. For what its worth, espn has him 24 and Kincade 25 in their rankings. So that was a no loss in terms of skill, just still no WPIAL guys.

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  3. Reportedly also got a commit today from Dennis Briggs of Shady Side Academy 5-10 185 RB (or DB?)

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  4. Why is Pitt recruiting MAC-school athletes? Have we simply given up winning big recruiting battles?

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  5. It's amazing to me that we have a local high school coach on staff along with others from the area and we can't recruit local players. Add in the fact that we play the spring games at high school stadiums. Oh and we invite local osches to our practices.. The connections are being made but there is something missing when still can't attract local talent.

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    1. I think you mean, can't attract "Elite" local talent.
      Pitt can get wpial 2star if they want.
      But hey, why not a wpial "No-star"... Briggs.

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    2. Haering is not well liked. Its not that hard to figure out. Plus he has the personality of a rock. That is not good for recruiting.

      All, not some of his players from his own high school chose not to play for him.

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    3. Briggs did run track but was slow.
      100m was 11.85.
      200m was 23.82
      That speed is not going to cut it for an RB.
      Shadyside plays in the weakest division in AA ball in wpial so game film is meaningless as it is powderpuff football.

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    4. Classification doesn't matter and he's not slow. But he isn't as fast as some Pitt fans are trying to convince themselves that he is. To be honest, he wouldn't be really high on the list of RBs that I wanted Pitt to land.

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    5. He is too slow for a 5'11", 190# RB in my opinion.

      Orndoff is faster than Briggs.
      11.85 would be ok if he were 225# bruising RB which Briggs is not. I look at speed as relative to the position and style of play.

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    6. He ran a 4.65 at 5'10" 195 pounds at the Nike combine.

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  6. This is getting out of hand mow!!seriously what the hell??? Make up something or give us your best explanation for these offers?

    It's sorta like the guy that looks like crap but always has a good girl with him. Why is that? Because he always kept his girl hot!!! Never lowered his standards!!! Now we see what happens when once good looking guy went with ugly chick and got caught by the cheerleaders!!!

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  7. Where have all the "blue chippers" gone? :-(

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  8. Glad to have bertke! But does his commitment hurt or completely remove any odds of landing Keller Chryst?

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    1. It doesn't change the odds at all. There is a lot harder competition at Stanford than Adam Bertke.

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  9. Pitt is the type of school that needs players to fit in their system. Not getting a player just because he is fast. At the end of the day, all Pitt needs to do is win games, and the recruits will come. I think you guys forget how unstable the program has been in the past. I wouldn't want to go there either. Build a winner and the talent will come it's that simple.

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    1. Yeah, because Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Kentucky have had it so easy lately. That's just an excuse. Chryst will never be a great recruiter. The best to hope for is that he is a good recruiter and a great coach. If he can do that then maybe if everything goes right some year they can win 10 games. Otherwise it's more 6-8 wins a year like most Pitt coaches. I don't think he'll be a flop, but people keep making lame excuses as to why he isn't recruiting great when the truth is, he's just not a great recruiter.

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    2. It would be nice if Chryst was a great recruiter, but no coach can be great at all things, and I think Chryst has plenty going for him. The focus should be on him acquiring a great recruiter or two on his staff, not on making him out to be something he's not or something he doesn't need to be.

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    3. anony, he doesn't need to be a good recruiter?? I'm pretty sure that's one of the most important things to be as a head coach of a d-1 football team.

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    4. Head coaches do not necessarily recruit in major D-1, they close. The staff does the ground pounding as far as identiying kids they want and developing the relationship, the head coach comes in to close the deal.

      Being able to close with these kids and bring them in doesn't guarantee success, see Wannstedt, Dave and Graham, Fraud as references for that.

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  10. One thing about this quarterback that makes sense is his height. With the type of lineman Chryst prefers, they will need tall quarterbacks to see over them.

    I agree that at present we are not retaining or recruiting great running backs but as these big lineman develop, it would not surprise me if that does not turn around quickly. If I were a high school running back that had NFL potential, I would want to run behind the type of linemen Pitt is recruiting for a pro style offense. This assumes of course that said running backs are not some coddled kids that does not want to learn how to block and pick-up blitzing linebackers.

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  11. Crow eating time for me ron.b . I've given pitt hell for there recruiting efforts when in reality chryst has to strip this team to the bare bones and build from the basement up. That's how bad this program has gotten. This will be mainly an out of state recruiting class as you will building new attitudes and not alot of these spoiled local kids who think Pittsburgh is such a bad place to grow up and the other high profile kids who think they are better than they actually are or more entitled to what pitt has to offer. Not many kids who go away make it to the big time and alot transfer back to pitt eventually. Yes chryst will need to make changes to his staff but I do see his vision based upon how bad things are at pitt prior to his arrival. Alot of these recent commits have talent and are very coachable if they want to reach the next level. Gone are the days of recruiting un-coachable star athletes Ala rushel shell. Judging the big33 pitt fans do have alot to be excited about and chryst framework of a gigantic offensive line and solid quarterback coaching. I see his vision and the groundwork he is laying down. When pitt does turn it around we can truly say pitt has arrived for real.

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