Saturday, January 18, 2014

Paul Chryst lands one of the better WPIAL OL in the '15 Class

Pitt got an early jump on the 2015 class as Alex Paulina of Canon McMcMillan HS in Canonsburg, PA has given the Panthers his pledge. The 6'4" 290 pound Paulina is a good enough player that he was all-conference in Quad A, as a freshman, on a winless team. It takes a good player to made all-conference in Quad A to begin with, but under those circumstances, it's pretty incredible.  Paulina is strong and quick, and readers of this blog may notice that I've written about him for a few years now.  I think he can very good. Look for him to be a guard or a center for the Panthers.

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  1. Chris - any comment on the 2 commits Pitt got earlier today? Davis and Trahan.

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  2. Welcome to Pitt Alex! Nice prospect for the Panther Football Team. H2P

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  3. He will be a solid three star. He will not achieve four star status due to lack of other offers. I agree that his best opportunity is snapping the ball. With good feet and strong burst, it sounds like the right place. Could Pitt bring in two WPIAL stars next year? Jenkins and Paulina would be an awesome start to a better than average offensive line. Well done Alex. Congrats to you! Would be nice if we can get our academic folks working to position him for early enrollee status.

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  4. With 2 more commits in the 2014 class, the question is,
    Which 7 current players will be asked to leave the program?? Presumably JR RS

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    1. Chris,
      With all the players that left the program last year with or without a push, what are your thoughts that Chryst needs to boot another 7 players this year.
      How will this affect recruiting and team moral?

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    2. I thought it was 5 they needed vs. 7 spots. Either way, I'm guessing PC won't have to push anyone out as it's typical for some players to transfer to other or smaller schools in hopes of becoming a starter.

      But groups who jump out to me are the RB/DB/DL. They have 5 FB's, 12 DB's, and 13 DL on the roster. That doesn't include any of the incoming recruits.

      They can't afford to lose any QB, LB, TE, or OL in my opinion. Those positions don't have much depth unless some of the FR step in.

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  5. If they are able to land Jenkins, just look at the line PC will have going forward. When he came in, he said he was going to beef up the line and run the ball. It looks like he is recruiting extremely well in order to do that.

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    1. Recruiting for offense has been fine whether the Oline or playmakers. This year they landed a good RB and good WR.
      However, the recruiting on defense has been slim to none so to say.
      It will be the defense that will hold back the team from achieving more than 6 wins the next 2 years.

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  6. Don't assume Pitt is not landing Defensive Players.

    Based on the few plays on his highight reel, Paulina looks better suited for Defense. Quick and Aggressive.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Except that Pitt wants him for offense.

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    2. From what has been written, he is a potential future center. Hopefully Chryst does not subscribe to Wanny's belief that any linemen can be taught to be a center.

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    3. The best Center prospect on Pitt's team right now is Dorian Johnson.

      However, that might never happen with Artie Rowell having two years of eligibility remaining.

      That said, expect Dorian to stick at Guard where he has a much better chance to excel than at tackle, the position for which he was originally recruited.

      PittofDreams

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    4. Johnson will be a guard, it's the best position for him in Div 1 and if he has any hopes of playing in the NFL. The kid I want at center is Gabe Roberts, who shold have beat out Rowell in summer camp last year but ended up being hurt.

      The problem they may end up having if they land Jenkins is a glut of tackles. Right now they Bisnowaty and Clemmings starting, but also have Grimm and Bookser coming in. Clemmings only has one more year, but that still leaves them with thre and potentially four tackles after next year. That culd pose a problem in landing Jenkins.

      Mike W.

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    5. Johnson, Bisnowaty, and Grimm are all just as capable of playing guard as tackle. So they'll find a place for all of them if they're good enough.

      As far as center, both Officer and Paulina project to be better than Rowell and Roberts.

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    6. Look for Clemmings to move to Left Tackle.

      PittofDreams

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  7. Nice development! As a regular reader of this blog, I do know that you are discriminating with your praise. Let's hope we can keep him committed until Feb 2015.

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  8. Franklin/PSU just hired Terry Smith Gateway/Temple.
    Don't be surprised if they go after montae and dravon.

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    1. Just one more reason to hate Penn State.

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    2. So PSU has its WPIAL coach in Smith who will be a bust because no other coaches in the WPIAL like him. And Pitt has it's WPIAL coach in Haering who is also a bust. Seems like a wash to me

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    3. Pittmav - Agree with you on Haering. Maybe the insiders know better, but I haven't heard of him making a big impact for Pitt, both on the field or with recruiting.

      Thought PC would let him go and keep the rest of the defensive staff together as I think he's a big fan of consistency. But seems like he's sticking with all of them.

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  9. This is very nice to see. Just wish Chryst would be able to bring in the same level of recruits on the defensive side of the ball as they are doing on the offensive side

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  10. Chris when looking for info on Paulina I ran across a post that touched on Jeff Rotheram. What happened to him?

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  11. jenkins sterling 6 foot 8 305 pounds the best OT in pa baldwin hs if he goes to penn state next year i will blow a fuse because his mom and dad both went to pitt.

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    1. Why would you blow a fuse? Didn't Apke's parents both go to Pitt and he's going to PSU.

      This is recruiting and while we'd hope his parent going to Pitt would give them a special in, it's only one of many factors that could push him to Pitt or to any number of schools.

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    2. ill be honest, I think sterling Jenkins is very over rated. watching his highlight tape, im not impressed. with this sized he should be mauling these kids he goes against and he rarely does. i was more impressed with the film from guys like aaron reese and jaryd jones-smith. im not saying I don't want pitt to recruit him because guys his size are hard to come by but I don't see him as the impact recruit that many do.

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    3. You can't teach size. He ain't getting any smaller. I agree that his skill set needs developed and a redshirt and a red shirt freshman watch and learn would be in order. He is also getting high star recognition so from a perception standpoint, it would be great to bring in another WPIAL kid. Haering probably coached against him in the same division for a couple of years so that may help. Grimm and Bookser also played in the same division. May explain why he wasn't selected as an all conference OT for a couple years. He is a project but size and potential trumps.

      In other news, I expect Jon Baldwin to get waived or traded by SF after this year. Baldwin is soft and doesn't block on a major league level. He could have used an extra year to improve his blocking.

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  12. Congratulations to Jamal, Hez, and Alex on your commitments. I hope all of you are superstars both on and off the field.

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    1. I'll second that Kent. Welcome to Pitt young men, and congratulations to the Pitt staff.

      Also, here's a quote from Alex's father from Jerry DiPaola's Trib blog of January 19: “These guys (Pitt’s coaches) really are some of the best men I have met in college football,” said David Paulina after his son committed to Pitt on Saturday. “How they handle themselves, what their demeanor is. Their whole, entire approach is just kind of bar none.”

      Chryst might not be the most dynamic guy, but he and his staff really seem to leave a positive impression on a lot of people. I think his approach works on the kids he wants, and they in turn want to be at Pitt.


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    2. Dwinters,
      That approach may work on some but doesn't seem to work on the elite.
      Also, most of 2014 commits, Pitt was the best offer they had as the other offers were Mac or Patriot league or colonial league. Who wouldn't pick Pitt if those were your offers.

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    3. 10:05 Anonny....Is there a particular style that gets every recruit since you have all the answers? Skeeziks!

      Win some, lose some. The man is building a program from the bottom up or from the inside (linemen) ,out. Be a hater, c ya later! Come on numbnuts. We need to boot the anonnies to the curb. Positive, comments need only reply. WV and Penn State trolls are getting what they feared most, stability. Now we only need to get Dokish writing for the post gazette or trib.

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    4. Anon@ 10:05...No style is going to work with everyone, and Chryst's style worked on some pretty good recruits (Bookser, James, Grimm etc). If memory serves, they had some pretty impressive major college offers.

      I'm sure there are a number of elite recruits that like a slick, smooth style; but I'd bet there are a good number who are also turned off by it.

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  13. Just read Trib blog that Paulina was out for 6 games his Junior season with concussion and neck injuries. Pitt is the only offer so far.

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    1. He has offers from wvu and vt

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    2. He had offers from wvu and vt and would have offers from fsu and psu if he didn't commit so early. His injury has kept some offers from coming yet, but if he drug out his recruiting, he would have a dozen major offers. The kid has big time potential.

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  14. Chris and readers with the 2014 class pretty much in the books, whose your sleeper?
    I like the newest kid Trahan. frankly we need a defensive guy to surpass projections. The new linebacker looks good to. Alot size, smarts, and toughness in this class I sense a theme,

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  15. Hey Chris,

    Would you take AD at #15 if you were the Steelers? Seems like his stock is rising for the first round. Could that happen?

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    1. The Steelers won't pick him. He doesn't fit their system. He's a 4-3 DT.

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