Monday, September 9, 2013

Pitt lands excellent RB

The Panthers may not have had a good game against Florida State to open the season but the recruits were still impressed by the atmosphere.  One of those is Qadree Ollison of Canisius HS in Buffalo, NY.  The 6'1" 228 pound Ollison committed to the Panthers today over Penn State and Wisconsin.  Syracuse, Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, and Iowa were among the other schools that offered.

Ollison is a bruising, between the tackle runner and doesn't have home run speed, but he does have good quickness and agility for his size.

It remains to be seen how this will effect the recruitment of Washington HS star Shai McKenzie who many think was leaning towards the Panthers.  Pitt would love to still add the 5'11" 210 pound McKenzie.

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  1. Paul Chryst offense can never have too many running backs.

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  2. Chris,

    Thanks for the update...hopefully Pitt can win the next 3 heading into the V-Tech game...would love to get Henry, Bookser and McKenzie...who would you take of the WPIAL recruits??

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    1. I'd take all three plus Nicholson. And Pitt has a real chance with all of them.

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    2. Those four would be a really nice way to round out the class. Combine that with a big senior year from St. Thomas Aquinas (currently no. 6 in USA Today's HS football rankings) QB Wade Freebeck, and this class has a shot at ending up in the top 25.

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  3. Ollison didn't run track in HS.
    Can't find any "measurables" or combine results posted anywhere on him.
    He is a big back. Perhaps Conner will move to DE next year. But then again, Ollison has the size for LB so who knows if he ends up as RB.

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    1. or both could stay at rb where ollison was recruited and where conner has looked very good in limited time.... remember, pitt does not have depth at rb. both of them could get a lot of carries

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    2. If anyone moves, I'd pick Ibriham to go to the secondary.

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  4. "It remains to be seen how this will effect the recruitment of Washington HS star Shai McKenzie who many think was leaning towards the Panthers. Pitt would love to still add the 5'11" 210 pound McKenzie."

    @Chris Dokish

    It SHOULDN'T have any impact on McKenzie. If it does, someone needs to show him some film from the 2010 Wisconsin team that featured three 1,000 yard rushers combining for 48 TDs. There will be plenty of carriers for anyone who is good enough, especially behind the massive Oline Chryst is building.

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  5. Any news in the last month on Kamil Kamara or Juwann Winfree? Would be nice to get a couple more impact guys on offense to pair with Boyd.

    http://panthersprey.blogspot.com/2013/08/odds-of-getting-best-remaining-recruits.html

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    1. Pitt has a very good chance with Winfree. It wound be considered a major upset if Kamara doesn't go to Virginia.

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    2. *Jamil Kamara

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  6. Chris - I noticed McKenzie changed his twitter name to Sept. 19 - is that when he plans on announcing his decision?

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  7. Ollison is a Connor clone - big strong and not very fast - both 3 star recruits.

    It's a stretch to title this - "Pitt Lands Excellent RB" Chris.

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    1. I don't care how many stars he has. I talked to a college coach who told me he has a chance to be really good. And he's considered a better prospect than Conner and he's no slouch.

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  8. Hi Chris,

    Two follow-up questions:

    Who was the lead recruiter for Qadree Ollison?

    Do you think having a full-time dedicated recruiting coordinator will bear fruit (perhaps this already is)?

    Thanks,

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    1. Desmond Robinson and it definitely helps.

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    2. Wasn't Robinson at Syracuse before coming to Pitt?

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  9. Conner is no slouch...just wait you will see soon

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    1. That's what I said. He's not a slouch. He looked very good. He has a bright future.

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  10. Welcome to Pitt Qadree, and congrats to the Pitt staff!

    Not concerned about his "measurables". My only question is: Can the young man get it done on the field?

    Good luck Mr. Ollison.

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  11. For those people who asked why McKenzie has changed his twitter name to Sept. 19 he tells me that it's his birthday. I know a lot of people wondered if he was announcing then.

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  12. In reply to the comment about how this affects McKenzie I just don't get that. If he believes in himself, which he does, I don't see how any verbal could scare him off (or any recruit for that matter). Look at Alabama. They got what, like 4 of the top 20 RB's last year. Sure everyone wants to play there but no one was scared of another. USC used to always bring in multiple top backs every year. So if one signing does affect another negatively than good. Don't want those kids anyway.

    Speaking of which. Who was the RB that committed to Pitt last year and then decommitted and where did he go? I thought it had something to do with Shell and not wanting to split time even though as those who follow Wisconsin football know there are plenty of carries to go around

    Dubb

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    1. FSU got a commitment from a lesser RB and McKenzie threw a fit so I don't know why people keep questioning what I wrote. Now I agree that it should NOT effect McKenzie, but recent history suggests that it may.

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  13. Goodbye Shai.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Does Pitt want a player who throws a fit simply because a school signed someone who plays their position?

      Mckenzie sounds like somewhat of a head case.

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  14. If you haven't watched Ollison's highlights, do so.

    He's been clocked in the 4.5 range. From his highlights, you can see the 4.5 time is legit. He is a BIG Back who runs BIG and very QUICK.

    The difference is pretty obvious in the way Ollison carries the football and McKenzie. Ollison has a lot of instinct and fluid in his running style.

    This isn't just sweet grapes. Pitt came out ahead here with Ollison. In my opinion, they got the better back.

    His decision to make his verbal now speaks well to his Heinz experience. But he's also made clear that his H.S. coach is from the Pittsburgh area and took time to show him the city. Ollison liked what he saw.

    The timing of his announcement also looks to be pretty strategic. It was a preemptive strike that likely will have McKenzie leaning elsewhere.

    Congratulations to the Pitt staff for landing a good football player and better, a really good kid.

    PittofDreams

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    1. The Ollison verbal has nothing to do with what McKenzie is going to do. He will not look elsewhere just because Ollison gave a verbal.

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    2. We shall see.

      But of course, should Shai go elsewhere... it will be tough to prove.

      PittofDreams

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    3. Ollison is NOT in 4.5 range and has no verifiable results.

      Shai Mckenzie was clocked at 4.58 in Oregon Elite camp in June and he ran track 100m in 11.5 or something like that.

      Ollison is probably closer to 4.70.
      He is a big kid. I see him as a LB quite frankly.
      Don't look at film to judge speed!! Remember all the people who though Shell was fast based upon film and I said he was slow due to slow competition.
      Also, don't confuse speed with quickness. For instance, Shell was quick and had quick feet.

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    4. Nobody ever claimed that Shell was fast. And Ollison is not fast. And the truth is, you can be an excellent RB without being a speed demon.

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    5. Chris,
      Beg to differ. I didn't say you said it.
      I suggest you go back on the comments where many thought Shell was fast by looking at his film. Lots of people thought Shell was fast.

      The question will be... Chryst strategy of Big10 smashmouth football vs ACC speed.

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    6. Shell had a terrific burst, as when he saw an opening and turned upfield.

      This is why just the 40 time is not the entire picture. Trenton Coles, who may turn out to be a pretty good DB, was the fastest of the Clairton group but never was the prospect that T Boyd was ... even prior to his injury

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    7. Coles and Boyd are not RB's in college.
      Boyd was RB in HS.
      What is "terrific burst"??
      Shell had quick feet (change of direction if you will) and a great stiff arm but he wasn't fast. In college, players were as big as he was and as fast versus HS which is why you can't look at HS film for "measurables".

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    8. when Shell saw an opening, he put it in another gear ... that's what burst is.

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    9. Joe D,

      Why so enamored with "ACC Speed?" Besides FSU, Miami and Clemson, what other programs have this speed that you seem to fear? If Pitt finished 4th in the ACC this year, i'd be pretty happy...all things considered...that is, if we can keep up with all the "speed," displayed by Duke, NC and Virinia...

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    10. Speed is very important for many positions, but running back is not one of them. There's been so many great running backs over the years that have had less than blinding speed that it is a moot point.

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    11. Anony, 1:31.
      You must be the only person who thinks Shell has speed or burst. He was a powerback. In HS, many thought he was a speedback.
      Anony, 2:00.
      Any ACC team south of Maryland has speed because they recruit from the south. But, look at "team speed".

      Just want to see Pitt with RB's that are faster/quicker than ACC DE's and LB's. Otherwise, the question is, will the powergame/smash mouth Big10 football work in the ACC. I don't know.

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  15. By the way, reports are that Dravon Henry has notified Penn State that he's eliminated them from contention.

    PittofDreams

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  16. Well this is why some recruits committ earlier than others. It's not rocket science. Sit around and be the last man looking for a team. What happens when another running back for Fla commits to FSU? When you wait too long you are put behind. It's very simple.

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  17. Chris,

    I was looking at the ESPN recruiting nation and it says Da'Shawn Hand is considering Pitt. Do you know if we have any realistic shot at landing him? Interesting to note, ESPN is really high on Feebeck while Rivals isn't so much.

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    1. No chance at all for Hand. Freebeck could be very good but neither of the incoming QBs are sure things.

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    2. I'm really high on Freebeck. He has the opportunity to turn into a mega prospect, depending on how his senior year goes.

      St. Thomas Aquinas plays a ridiculous schedule this year, including a game this week in the Super Dome against No. 3 Curtis Christian (La). In addition they already beat down Miami Northwestern, and play traditional Florida powerhouses Miramar, Cypress Bay, Plantation, and Deerfield Beach.

      He's going to play against some of the best competition in the country and will have a chance to rise to the occasion.... He could fall on his face too..... but I love his upside, and that he will be exposed to some of the best, and FASTEST athletes in the country.

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    3. BostonCommmons, do you know of a site that shows his stats? Or do you know his stats on the season? I'm intrigued because he was offered by Florida and has the prototypical size for a pro-style QB - 6'4, 185 lbs

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    4. 7-12 for 106 yards and an interception.

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  18. The original anonymousSeptember 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Dubb, may have been Corey Clement who had a great week for Wisconsin. Look, most running backs don't fall into a great situation at the top schools that they can at schools like Pitt.

    Like Foster last year. You can go to the big boy schools and you will be up against the elite competition for playing time. Or conversely, you can carve out a great career at a school such as Pitt that will give you an opportunity to shine if you are good enough. Many kids from the north that head south, don't do terribly well. There is a bias, just face it.

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  19. Has anyone chexked out james oliver from tyrone pa. The young man is fast 4.35 40 fast and knows how to use speed and power. I watched him play last week and he ran for 149 yards in The first quarter and and part of the second and 4 touchdowns. I came away very impressed. Pennstate is keeping this recruit a sleeper. He was at their Sat. Game as a prospect. He has been there twice now. He did attend a camp at Pitt as well. Very good RB.

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