Sunday, January 5, 2014

Panthers land WR

The Pitt football recruiting this year has been hit or miss, but the Panthers had a good sized hit tonight as 6'3" WR Adonis Jennings of Timber Creek HS in Sicklerville, NJ committed to the Panthers.  Jennings originally committed to Rutgers but de-committed two months ago.

Jennings will be one of the many contenders to start opposite Tyler Boyd next season. While he needs to gain size and is a little raw, he has good length and very good speed.  His hands have been inconsistent in the past but he's been improving in that area. Has grown a lot and improved quite a bit in the last year.

Other offers included Rutgers, Clemson, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Iowa, and Vanderbilt, among many others.

24 comments:

  1. when u look at the offense next year its starting to come together. A young talented QB, an all-american wr a possible beast rb in conner and an oline that I think might be improving. Once again a little hope for Pitt football, now they have to continue.

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    1. What about the defense and special teams?

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    2. Anony 7:38 - I'd image we'd see the players continue to develop and grow on D and ST.

      ST - Maybe next year Boyd becomes a regular on the return teams or at the very least Ronald Jones should be back to improve that aspect. Kick coverage should also be better with more them having another years experience and hopefully a coach will be assigned primary responsibility for the group. Just because PC hasn't formally named someone with that responsibility doesn't mean it won't happen. Long way from here to next season..

      D - I actually think the LB's and DB's will be better next year. More experience for the guys already here and some new players (recruits, transfers, or position switches) coming in to further help things. The biggest area to watch is the DL. Even with Donald, overall it wasn't a strong position and needs to improve as a unit. But they have plenty of players to address it.

      Biggest concern I have with next years team is how many players will transfer out. That can impact depth for any of the positions.

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    3. The offense will be fine. However, I don't see anything to think the defense will improve as there are no elite players recruited on defense and no changes in assistant coaches so far. Special teams is another matter that requires coaching attention (not some GA).

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  2. I'm.excited to see how these young guys can play. I think Jennings and James will see a lot of time next year. The oline will hopefully look a little better next year, but I think they will be uneven. 2015 the offense has a chance to explode. Add in a subpar d and you will see a lot of high scoring exciting games.

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  3. Paul Chryst might be Walt Harris 2.0. Will always have a very good offense, with the ability to get the very best out of the QB he is given. Combine that with a defense that is trending down and we could be seeing late 90s-early 2000s Pitt all over again. Nothing really wrong with that. But I am sure we would all like more.

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    1. To be fair, Walt didn't land many 4 or 5 star OL. But I do agree, it seems our recruiting talent is much higher on the offensive side of the ball.

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    2. that's a great analogy. Since Chryst is an offensive mind, why doesn't he hire a defensive genius; a Foge Fazio/Buddy Ryan type, and let them run the defense?? Why would he put the defense in the hands of an arrogant - everything that I've read - inexpereinced, unqualified person in House?? unless the administration tied up the puse strings and gave Chryst little options...not unheard of at Pitt...

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  4. PC needs to fire a defensive coach that can recruit. His 3 best recruiters (Rudolph, Engram and Hueber) are all on the offense.

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  5. Welcome to Pitt Adonis! Work hard, listen to Coach Engram and you'll do fine.

    Also, congratulations to the coaching staff, Coach Engram in particular as I'm sure it was mainly due to his efforts that we landed Mr. Jennings. I don't follow the particulars of recruiting very closely, but based on his offer sheet, this young man sounds like a good get.

    If the big boys up front come together, and the skill guys continue to develop and improve, the offense could be very good. Conner running over people, James running away from them, Boyd and company going deep and the TEs getting the short stuff.

    Now if we can only get a recruiter on defense like Coach Engram is on offense.

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  6. Honestly, would it all be doom and gloom around here had PC brought in a D-Coordinator prior to last season that showed improved this year? Or if he hired a ST coach? Pitt's offense is going to be real good, but questions remain on defense.

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  7. QB looks set WR also RB set OL going to be good TE are set in outher words the offence will be good to great.

    now if we just had a DC and the D could get better may be we win 9 games.

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  8. Chris,
    Which non-touted recruit in Pitt's current class do you feel can have a "James Conner" type impact on this team next year?

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    1. I know you did not ask me, but here is my guess/2 cents

      Patrick Amara out of eastern PA- ranked 173 best WR by Scout. Sounds like he tore it up in a post season all star game.

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    2. Here is my guess

      Patrick Amara out of Philly. Ranked 172 WR by Scouts. Just tore it up in a all star game.

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    3. Great question.

      I don't know enough about each of the individual recruits but my guess would be someone on the DL (Roy) or WR (Amara if he ends up as WR) positions.

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  9. Nice to see Jennings commit. Very good addition. Only wish we could recruit quality defensive players as well as offensive ones. This is a direct result of the inept defensive position coaches we have

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  10. The offense definitely looks to be coming together, although I think they should have Boyd throw a pass every now and then to keep the opposing D honest when he runs (he played QB in high school after all). Now we need coaches who can recruit D. Still not a fan of House and would like to use some of the ACC money to bring in Austin. Then get a recruiter like Hafley as well and the D will set up nicely.

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  11. Amazing what a little POSITIVE Pitt Group Think can accomplish?

    PittofDreams

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    1. I'd prefer that the program makes the right decisions so the fans will have genuine positivity rather than pretend positivity.

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    2. I wasn't pretending. But I get your point.

      PittofDreams

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  12. Congratulation's to Adonis, hope you become a superstar.

    Chris, great words to start off the announcement and ones that apply to 95% of all college with regards to recruiting:

    "recruiting this year has been hit or miss"

    Something to keep in mind for those that feel Pitt will never lose again because one player signed and for those that feel Pitt will never win again because one player didn't sign...

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  13. Watching last night's Semper Fi Game, Jennings was barely mentioned... outside of course his verbal commitment to Pitt. Don't remember a pass actually going his direction.

    But that's nothing to use as a barometer. I believe Tyler Boyd had similar results from his appearance in a National All-Star Game a year ago.

    But this kid (Jennings) looks to be a REALLY GOOD get... much better than Jamil Kamara on paper and on tape.

    Listed at 6-3... last year Jennings was the wide-receiver MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp in Landover, Md. and the offensive MVP of the Rivals.com Camp Series at Pitt.

    His speed has been a bit of a question with Jennings running a 4-7 at Nike. But watching him last night, he plays faster than 4-7, a point emphatically made by the analyst for the game.

    And his track numbers from High School would seem to suggest that this kid is not slow with Jennings being a member of the Timber Creek 4X100 Relay Team that ran a 42.31, the fastest time in the State of New Jersey last year.

    PittofDreams

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  14. This was a huge get for Pitt...someone to come in and play along side Boyd right away. I think the fact that Chryst played a lot of freshman this season and the fact that they had a lot to do with the bowl win, had someone to do with getting him to come here.

    Looking forward to next season....now if only PSU hires Schiano....

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