Friday, November 8, 2013

Big recruiting weekend for Pitt football

Since people have been asking me for a list, here one it is. It's not every prospect. I didn't bother with the already committed prospects or the lesser recruited ones, but here are some of the highlights.


Montae Nicholson, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA)- He's been to Pitt many times and the Panthers may be the leader now. He could play at safety or wide receiver, and since I consider him the No.2 prospect in PA this year he would be an excellent addition.

Anthony Davis, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA)- Nicholson's teammate is a very good prospect in his own right. A talented cornerback that committed to Temple months ago, but may end up switching to the Panthers.

Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon HS (Mt. Lebanon, PA)- The Panthers obviously needs offensive linemen desperately and even though the 6'6" 300 pound Bookser has not developed as well as was hoped for over the past year he would be a great pickup because of his raw potential. The Panthers will have to hold off Ohio State and Penn State.

Jamil Kamara, Bishop Sullivan HS (Virginia Beach, VA)- I never expected the Panthers to land this elite receiver, but at least they will have a chance now that he's visiting on a night that's loaded with pro-Pitt kids.

Marquese Dudley-Gordon, Cypress Bay HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)- The brother of Pitt linebacker Shane Gordon, the Panthers have led for the safety for many months as he tries to get his grades in order. Potential high impact safety.


Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin HS (Pittsburgh, PA)- Maybe the top in-state prospect for the 2015 class, the 6'8" 305 pound offensive tackle is oozing with potential. All of the biggies will be after him, and despite what you hear Pitt is in the mix as much as anybody.

Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg, PA)- Short, little 5'10" spark plug running back who the Panthers like a lot. Other than Pitt he also has offers from schools like Penn State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Northwestern.

Kareem Gibson, Johnstown Area HS (Johnstown, PA)- Very athletic and fast cover corner that should be one of the best cornerback prospects in the east.

Jay Stocker, Coatesville Area HS (Coatesville, PA)- A big time safety that's going to get a lot of major offers. Already has one from Pitt as well as Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Wisconsin.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.- Canisius HS (Buffalo, NY)- Visiting with teammate Qadree Ollison, the running back who already committed to Pitt for the 2014 class. Yes, he's the son of the former Michigan star running back, and even though Pitt and many others offered it would be extremely surprising if he didn't end up as a Wolverine.

Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge HS (Spring Church, PA)- Sleeper wide receiver with a lot of potential. No major offers yet but I'd be surprised if one didn't come from Pitt eventually.

Tyriq Thompson, Martin Luther King HS (Detroit, MI)- Excellent linebacker that is visiting with 2014 cornerback commit Avonte Maddox.  It will be tough to get him out of the Big 10 and he already has offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Kraig Howe, Archbishop Alter HS (Kettering, OH)- Smaller 6'3" 255 pound defensive tackle but he should get bigger.  Good prospect.

Kevin Givens, Altoona Area HS (Altoona, PA)- Solid defensive end prospect at 6'3" and 230 pounds. Doesn't have a Pitt offer yet.

Shareef Miller, Frankford HS (Philadelphia, PA)- Undersized but talented defensive end at 6'4" and 200 pounds. Pitt has offered as have Rutgers, Arizona, and a few other smaller schools. Should get more offers once he fills out over the summer.

Jonathan Holland, Bullis School (Potomac, MD)- Strong bodied defensive end that has early offers from Pitt and Illinois. Could get a good bit more, but he's already been to a Pitt game and liked it.

Alex Paulina, Canon McMillan HS (Canonsburg, PA)- One of my personal favorites. An interior lineman who won't get a lot of offers because he's only 6'4" and 280, but I think he could be an excellent college center.


Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian HS (Charlotte, NC)- The son of former Pitt running back Glenn Deveaux, he has the ability to be an elite nationally recruited running back prospect.

Michal Menet, Exeter HS (Reading, PA)- Elite offensive lineman is only 6'5" 250 now but he will get bigger over the next few years. Already has a Penn State offer and many would be surprised if he went anywhere other than there.

Jarrett Guarantano, Bergen Catholic HS (Oradell, NJ)- Pitt loves this young 6'3" quarterback but they aren't the only ones. Rutgers has already offered and the big time talent will get many more.

Aaron Matthews, Clairton Area HS (Clairton, PA)- The next great Clairton player, he's a quarterback now but look for him to be a 6'5" or 6'6" fast wide receiver at the college level.


  1. Why isn't Henry and McKenzie going to be there? Any word on whether or not Fields or Swanson end up at Pitt when it's all said and done?

    1. McKenzie is scheduled for Dec. 6 but knowing him I wouldn't be surprised if he showed up this weekend. Henry is visiting for the Miami game. And I doubt that either Fields or Swanson will be Panthers.

    2. What about Pugh? 2015?

  2. Thanks for this. Some of the sites list Christ James as coming to this game, others have him for Miami. Any word on this?

    1. He's not coming. I think he has a game.

  3. Thanks for the list. Let's hope Pitt does not lay an egg on Saturday but plays well, pulls off the upset and impresses some of these kids. We need to get commitments from the higher level talent. It is the only way this program will get better

  4. Does Nicholson's decision impact Henry's? They could both play either side of the ball, but both would be DBs if they're on defense. Does it seem likely we land both?

  5. Doke, Deveaux is a must get. I know the family and they are all die hard Pitt fans. I think our main competition will be UNC. He also has a younger brother who will be a freshman in high school next year. He is a beast linebacker. So we have a chance at getting both as they are both huge Pitt fans.

  6. Interesting, 2015 Whitehead from Central Valley not on the list.

  7. Good to know Glen Deveaux is still a big Pitt fan. Poor guy was caught up w/ all the Gottfried/Hackett crap that alienated an entire generation of Pitt football players.

    Just look at Apke/Hamilton list goes on and on. Ex-players who hate Pitt. That is the side-effect these idiot administrators fail to grasp. By whacking accomplished coaches every 3-5 years you alienate the players. But yeah… let's keep whacking!

  8. Would all the Ray Vinopal haters please raise their hand?

  9. Where are the linebackers....we need linebackers!

    Hey Chris, how about letting JoeD back in here for a couple days....I want to know these guys 40 times ;-)

  10. What a great game to have so many good recruits on hand to see. 65,500+ in the stands, perfect atmosphere, big win for Pitt and HCPC.

    4 Star Adonis Jennings from Sicklerville, N.J., who is committed to Rutgers, attended and promptly decommitted from Rutgers sunday morning. Any word on the other recruits in attendance?

  11. Chris, how about the junior QB from South Fayette, Brumbaugh? I heard he was at the Pitt game. Is he considered a good prospect?

    He certainly has good numbers

    1. He was there. Still up in the air on how good he will be. Doubtful that he'll be an elite prospect though he could be a high major prospect.

  12. Any word on how these guys liked the game? In particular, any word from the younger guys who aren't being asked to sign LOIs?