Monday, March 10, 2014

Top 20 PA for 2015 Class (March Edition)

1.  Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley HS (Monaca) CB- Big time athlete with excellent speed and cat-like quickness. Also a superb return man, and can even play wide receiver if need be. Decent corner size at 5'11" and 170 pounds, but clearly he needs to add more muscle. Top four appear to be Ohio State, Penn State, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.  All four have offered, as have the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee.

2.  John Reid, St. Joseph's Prep HS (Philadelphia) CB- Not as big as Whitehead at 5'9" and 175 pounds, and doesn't jump out as much as far as obvious physical gifts, but he was born to be a lockdown corner thanks to his anticipation and knowledge of the position. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Miami, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Arizona.

3.  Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg) RB- Not particularly big at 5'9" and 210 pounds, and not a blazer, but he's strongly built, tough as hell, and he has very good speed and great vision. He also has excellent hands so he can be an every down back. Could be a star at the college level. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, and Northwestern, among others.

4.  Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood Catholic HS (Warminster) OT- Already 6'5" and 285 pounds with the frame to get much bigger.  Great agility and quick feet. Tenacious blocker  and explodes into the defender. Committed to PENN STATE over the likes of Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia.

5.  Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin Area HS (Pittsburgh) OT- Very large at 6'8" and 305 pounds, and he can get at least 30 pounds bigger. Moves well but hasn't performed up to his ability yet. He has a very high ceiling but he's far from an excellent player right now and consequently he's being very overrated by national recruiting websites. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, and Arizona.

6.  Saquon Barkley, Whitehall HS (Whitehall) RB- Solidly built at 5'11" and 200 pounds. Good speed and even better quickness.  Tough kid who runs hard. Originally committed to Rutgers but changed his mind and has since committed to PENN STATE.  Other offers include Pittsburgh, Boston College, North Carolina, and Syracuse.

7.  Ryan Buchholtz, Great Valley HS (Malvern) DE- An excellent 6'6" and 230 pounds with a frame to easily add 30 or more pounds. Good quickness and very rangy. Could be a big time college player. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Duke, and Northwestern.

8. Shareef Miller, Frankford HS (Philadelphia) DE- Needs to put on a lot of weight but at 6'5" and 220 pounds he has the frame to add a lot of muscle. Great wingspan. Very good speed and an excellent pass rusher. Plays hard all the time. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers, Arizona, Arizona State, Temple, Purdue, and Cincinnati.

9.  Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood Catholic HS (Warminster) LB- Hard hitting middle linebacker who is tough as hell and athletic. Born to play middle linebacker. Already a rock solid 6'2" and 230 pounds. Could be excellent at the college level. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Boston College, Northwestern, Duke, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Rutgers.

10.  Jay Stocker, Coatesville Area HS (Coatesville) S- Big play safeties are all the rage now and this 6'2" 185 pounder has good length, speed, and athleticism. Makes plays all over the field like a heat seeking missile. Tackles aggressively like a linebacker. He is currently slim, however, and he definitely needs to add a lot more muscle, especially since he plays so aggressively. Offers include Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, and Georgia Tech.

11. Nick Bowers, Kittanning HS (Kittanning) TE- Sleeper with good 6'4" and 235 pounds already. More of an extra receiver currently so he will have to learn to block, but in the passing game he has good speed and great hands. Very good after the catch and wins every jump ball with his tenacity and hands. Committed to PITTSBURGH.

12. Alex Paulina, Canon McMillan HS (Canonsburg) C- A naturally big 6'4" and 280 pounds, he has good strength and feet already. Tenacious blocker who has excelled on a bad team for years. In fact, he was all-conference in Quad A, on a winless team, as a freshman. You have to be really good to do that. Committed to PITTSBURGH early and also had an offer from Virginia Tech.

13. Kevin Givens, Altoona HS (Altoona) LB- More of an athlete than a player now, but at 6'2" and 230 pounds, he's built like a brick house and has very good speed and athleticism. Very interesting prospect that could be an excellent player if it all comes together for him.  Committed to PITTSBURGH.

14. Nasir Bonner, Imhotep Institute Charter HS (Philadelphia) RB- Displays electrifying speed and quickness, while also providing skills in the pass and return game. At 5'10" and 180 pounds, however, he will have to get a lot stronger if he's going to be an every down back. Current offers include Wisconsin, West Virginia, Rutgers, and Arizona State.

15. Kyle Shurmur, La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor) QB- Excellent size at 6'4" and 215 pounds, with the frame to add a lot more muscle. Good arm and can make all of the throws. Possesses nice touch. Son of highly respected offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles, so he is getting a lot of instruction. Offers so far are coming from Pittsburgh, Illinois, and Central Michigan.

16. Olamide Zaccheaus, St. Joseph's Prep HS (Philadelphia) RB- Small change of pace back at 5'9" and 180 pounds, but he's electrifying in the open field with his speed, quickness, and vision. Also runs tough despite his size. Could also help in the pass game as well as special teams. Has offers from Pittsburgh, Miami, and Temple.

17. Josh Adams, Central Bucks HS (Warrington) RB/WR- A big time athlete who is pulling in major offers but it's hard to find a position for him. At 6'2" and 210 pounds, he may already be too tall for running back, so wide receiver may be in his future. He's also coming off of a blown out knee. If he can find a position (maybe even linebacker down the road), he has the talent to be a top college  player. Current offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Boston College.

18. Patrick Anderson, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa) WR- Excellent size for the position at 6'3" and 185 pounds, plus very good speed and athleticism. If he was on a team that passed more he would probably get a lot more offers. Currently has offers from Miami, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Purdue.

19. Freddie Simmons, Bethlehem Catholic HS (Bethlehem) WR- Very skinny at 170 pounds, but at 6'3" he has good length to go with excellent speed and quickness.  A game breaker who should be getting a lot more offers. Also a big time return man. Currently has offers from the likes of Rutgers, Purdue, and California.

20. Jon Runyan, Jr., St.Joseph's Prep HS (Philadelphia) OG- Only 6'4" and 250 pounds so he has to get much bigger, but he's very quick and tenacious. Son of former Michigan Wolverine great Jon Runyan, and he has already committed to MICHIGAN.











115 comments:

  1. so another Aliquippa prospect apparently being ignored by Pitt? What does PC have against this school?

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    1. They don't have high enough GPA/SAT?
      But I think Chryst burned that bridge or closed the pipeline with his screwups last summer.

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    2. The Gpa/sat theory is totally false and untrue. Anderson and Gipson have a 3.1 & 2.8 respectively

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    3. My 8 year old nephew could have a 3.0 at a high school as poor as Aliquippa.

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  2. Chris, would you take Andre Robinson or Chris James?

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  3. Fair enough. Thought it was a tough one. Glad we have James though. He looks to be a special back with that drive to only get better.

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  4. Jordan is very cut physically. However I think the weight he hopefully puts on is more important than his strength. He hardly any body fat on him. It's all about adding weight but keeping strength and SPEED!!! In my opinion.

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  5. Chris, where would you rank Tony Pilato?

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    1. There really aren't any dominant players in PA with this class.

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    2. So what makes Jenkins approx. 16 spots better than Pilato?

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  6. Enough with the blind loyalty to WPIAL players! Overall, the yield has been a few great players, some pretty good ones and a bunch of mediocrity as a team.

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  7. Looks like James Franklin was right when he said he would dominate PA. I don't care as much as I used to now that I see Chryst is very active in FLA.

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    1. It's easier to land a player out of PA than FLA.
      Also, Franklin is only interested in elite or highly ranked players. Currently PSU 4 players from PA are in Dokish Top 10 whereas Pitt 3 PA players are ranked 11-20 in the state.

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  8. Maybe HCPC values hard work ethic, grades, drive and coach ability. Perhaps the Beaver Valley recruits will see those characteristics are what Pitt wants, not some hype my sh** don't stink nonsense that has been the norm of the BV athletes.

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    1. @ anonymous

      CHOC values grades, work ethic, drive, and coach ability. I have two words to counter your comments. Lafayette Pitts. No grades, consistently misses class and meetings, poor work ethic, & coaches are scared to discipline him. Please get rid of this fake image of what's going on at Pitt

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    2. Lol @ jerry. One guy counters shell, hollins, thomas, baldwin. Riiiight. Truth be told there are bad players for all counties. But its hilarious that you name one single player outside Beaver county and think you proven anything. No disrespect intended, but its just laughable

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    3. Coach sure looked scared last year when Pitts didn't start every game and was giving up playing time to freshmen. No way Coach Chryst is affraid to disipline Pitts. How did that all work for Rushel Shell, who arguably was the highest rated recruit in years and at a critical position. If you have proof of Pitts failing and missing classes, skipping out on meetings, and his poor work ethic, tell us. Lets hear your first hand knowledge of these accusations. Otherwise, you shouldn't be degrading Mr. Pitts or any other person in such a manner. And as far as not recruiting the kid from Aliquippa, I'll leave that judgement to Coach Chryst. As coach has stated, it has to be a good fit for both the player and the staff. Maybe he is not a fit, or maybe coach doesn't see the same talent others do.

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    4. Baldwin wasn't coached by PC. Hollins was was one of the better OL that Pitt had but wasn't given a fair chance after serving his 1 year suspension. They played him out of necessity and he just so happened to be a bright spot on a dismal OL. I can name a Jeff Knox, the tight end from Sto Rox and a host of other Allegheny County kids that were ways less coach able and likable than Beaver County Kids. Until@ Anonymous admits that they work for Pitt, truthfully I have no words for you...Pitts was pointed out because he was the worst offender that got away with the most.

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  9. Stop with the Beaver Valley players and their work ethic. You have no proof of this and many have gone on to good/great careers.

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  10. or maybe HCPC just doesn't know how to handle them. All I know from a former Beaver Falls coach I know personally was that Todd Thomas was the most coachable athlete he had ever seen.

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    1. So Coach Chryst is able to deal with kids from other areas, but is unable to deal with kids from Beaver County?

      That's a ridiculous argument. Maybe the kids from Beaver County don't fit into how Coach Chryst wants to do things.

      Finally, if you're going to claim some kind of inside knowledge, how about backing it up with some details.

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  11. It looks like Adams is still strongly leaning toward PSU too. I understand that PSU is thin at RB. Even assuming that Lynch can't hold on to a starting job this year, and that it is ripe for the picking. Even assuming that the two recruits last year have no potential to get many carries. I don't see why you would want to be the third guy in a deep recruiting class of RB this year. Sure it is possible that two play this year and get lots of carries and one redshirts. Then next year they all three will get their share. That is also assuming another recruit wont come in and bump them out in the future. I get wanting to compete for the job. I get that you look at the team and see an opening as a freshman. I just don't see why 3 good RB all would want to go there in the same year. Hopefully if this is the case, it will give us a leg up for the following year.

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    1. I think the chances are very good that Adams isn't a RB in college.

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  12. Yes shell, was a example of your BV athlete. How about Henry picking WVU. Real good decision there. Quips are no longer an automatic and get used to it. Pitts was not a HCPC recruit and if he continues he will find that HCPC is not the kind of head coach who will allow a player to behave badly. No one gives a rats a** about beaver valley. They have one or two div 1 players a year now. Who cares!

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    1. 2014, I believe Beaver County had 6 D1 commits. Just say'n.

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    2. Four of the six went to mac or ivy which is why Chryst is recruiting OH.,NJ,DC.,MD.,VA., and FL. WPIAL talent is grossly over-rated.

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    3. So why do any of you get your panties in a bunch when these players select other colleges??
      Unbelievable meltdown of the various boards when Foster and Henry and Montae and Shai and and and picked other schools.

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    4. pd, here is a newsflash.
      Did you see what Chryst recruited?? Ranked 44th in country.

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    5. @ pd
      the majority of the 2013 class chose Pitt over their MAC and IVY LEAGUE offers.

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    6. WPIAL talent has been in decline along with pop. decline 3+ decades have to go elsewhere.

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    7. @pd
      Population is down everywhere in Western PA. What era are you comparing the talent to?

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    8. Have been following recruiting since the 90's the talent is in decline. I think a lot of recruits hype in the area is over done. How many times have we seen kids go OSU, ND, Mich., PSU to become special teamers or come back home asking for a 2nd chance w/PITT. These were highly ranked kids.

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    9. pd, I haven't seen any from Beaver County whimper back.
      perhaps other wpial..
      why does Pitt take them??? Tell them to go CalU or IUP or Duqesne or RMU.

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    10. That may be true, but a lot of these wpial kids are over rated. Would rather Pitt try to make in-roads in DC/VA. MD. FL. GA. exactly what Chryst is trying to do. Cant rely on Pa. alone whole world of talent outside the borders.

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    11. pd do you have any clue how recruiting works? The top ones are not overrated. I think you are mistaking the 3 star recruits with the top 5 star recruits Pitt just needs the handful of top wpial recruits and then expand recruiting base. Wanny made big inroads into harrisburg, lehigh valley and nj to go along with better wpial players.

      Why would a 5 star recruit from GA come all the way to Pitt? It's unrealistic with Pitt's brand right now.

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    12. @ pd
      If you were following recruiting in the 90's, you'd know that Pitt was dismal when it came to pulling in WPIAL talent. They chose to recruit outside of the WPIAL for their top players at that time too and it made Pitt a laughing stock/ cupcake game for most teams. Hopefully PC doesn't go that route because history tends to repeat itself

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    13. you guys can make fun of WVU all that you want, and poke fun at Henry for choosing them, but the fact is that, like PSU, the Eers is KICKING PITT's BUTT IN RECRUITING THUS FAR .... so have your fun while you can!

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    14. WVU will get their butt kicked annually in the Big 12 as they did this past year!

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    15. I must be forgetting the bowl game WVcc played in this last year, who was that against again? Oh wait, never mind you were pathetic and didn't manage to qualify.

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  13. Wow, Pitt sucks. Doesn't look like they'll land a single kid in the top 10.

    Should shut down the football program. First step was getting rid of the spring game, now the school has stopped recruiting new kids, next year they'll play a truncated schedule in D2.

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    1. More states than PA. I also will take James Connor a 3 *** de out of high school from erie over most of the wpial and beaver county players over the past 5 years.

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    2. @ chi town Sean
      Name all those Erie kids that Pitt has representing them in the NFL as apposed to the Beaver County Kids

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  14. Would I like to have Henry and Whitehead and Foster of course. talent in the WPIAL is not what it used to be and the BV is not as productive. Pitt has to go where the majority of the players are. BV isn't a hot bed of anything and Pitt will recruit a couple recruits but sorry the area is simply not producing anymore.

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    1. @anonymous 6:36
      Simply tune in August 30 to the Alabama vs WVU football game and you will see 4 Beaver County kids representing in Fields, Foster, Henry, and Shell. With 3 of them arguably being the top player in their respective classes in the STATE OF PA, your rhetoric is quite inane

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    2. Jerry,
      Ur right.
      That is a typical Pitt fan that want certain players to go to Pitt, then when the player selects another college, that player all of a sudden is a bum.
      Newflash people. If Chryst can't land "elite" players within PA or tank of gas (per Wanny) then he sure isn't going to land them out of FLA.

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    3. @Anonymous 9:42 pm.....and you're the type of person who would never come here to congratulate Chryst when he does land a recruit like Grimm, Bookser, James, Jennings etc.

      People like you will only complain about Chryst, but never have anything positive to say.

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    4. Anony 3:19,
      Yes those 4 players were great but not enough.
      btw, all were within a tank of gas. Chryst has not shown he can land an elite player outside of a tank of gas and clearly not from the south or even FLA.

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    5. Chris James is from Illinois - good luck getting there on your tank of gas.

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    6. 450miles? Depends upon ur vehicle. Betcha Pitt didn't fly in to see James.

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    7. @ Anony 3:40 PM

      Why don't you troll elsewhere.

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    8. Good grief...who gives a rat's behind where the players come from as long as they produce a successful program. So now we're going to judge recruits based on if they are or aren't within driving distance?

      Get a life.

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  15. I like foster and henry. But the WPIAL and the BV is not a hot bed of talent despite your protests. Yes WVU will showcase your quip boys. Good that they will see a program that they had no chance to go to despite the great BV tradition. Get real one or two good Div 1 prospects is not exactly killing it. I really don't care and more importantly, HCPC doesn't care about kissing butts in the BV area.

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    1. Recruiting is what it is.
      But when OSU has made more visits to CV than Pitt, no words can explain had bad that is.
      Chryst can play ball or go 6-6 until he gets fired.
      Football scoop had an article that of the 128 (BCS) HC, only 4 coaches had 4 years of 7 or few wins. Meaning, they get fired. Of course many haven't been in their position for 4 years.

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    2. Here is the article. I erred. Only 3 HC's.
      http://footballscoop.com/news/12822-hauck-enos-rhoads

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  16. yea Jerry and watch Bama beat the Ears 56-24

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    1. @weas56
      I'm assuming you watched FSU @Pitt last year and saw much better.

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  17. Don't underestimate the NEGATIVE impact Rushel Shell has had and may be continuing to have on the program.

    Guessing the player many mistook as "the next Tony Dorsett" is not exactly giving Pitt a glowing review among those with whom he associates.

    Henry choosing WVa would seem to tell you all you need to know.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Shell if finally getting a kick in the ass eye opening experience at WVU. Something no one was willing to do his entire life. I'm assuming you read the recent article on Shell what he is today vs when he showed up to WVU last summer.

      Pitt screwed up by pulling the offer to Fields and offering the kid from SSA instead of Swanson. You don't do that to "pipelines" whether its Woody, TJ, Clairton, or Quips. Now with Bradley at WVU, look for the Quip to WVU pipeline to start.

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    2. Swanson was a mac quality talent. He had zero bcs offers. If hcpc would've taken him everyone would've been complaining about how he takes too many Mac guys.

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    3. Anony 1:33,
      You just described at least 10 Pitt commits in 2014.

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    4. @ anonymous 1:33
      That's the point everyone is trying to make. Pitt took 10-12 players with offers just like Terry Swanson. Why not offer the kid which would have helped with bringing in Henry.

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    5. You're missing my point. You people wouldn't be happy no matter what. That's my point. If he gets the local talent, you'd be bitching because he can't recruit outside WPIAL. When he lands a top NJ or IL talent you complain about how he can't recruit FL. When he lands an elite oline you complain he can't recruit dline. you whine endlessly regardless of the result. When he signs MAC talent you whine. When he doesn't sign MAC talent in the hopes that it results in elite players signing you whine. No matter what the action taken, you lot will whine and complain.

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    6. @ anonymous 8:44
      1st. Reveal yourself
      2nd. OL, RB, and WR have been strong points of the PC regime. (Good Job Rudolph)
      3rd QB and every defensive position has been their recruiting weaknesses
      4th When recruiting highly ranked defensive recruits ( Henry, Nicholson, Winovich) you need someone with a little more savvy than House to close the deal.

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    7. Like "Jerry the Mole" is revealing oneself. LOL

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    8. I'm not sure what good revealing myself will do, but I'm a DC lawyer who unfortunately rarely gets to post here. I post under anon because it's easier not because I'm trying to hide from anything I post.

      I'm not saying that there aren't legit grievances Pitt fans can have, but there is a sizable percentage of the fan base that only ever focuses on the negatives. We do need to recruit better on D and at QB. But when Conner runs for 200+ plus yards in a bowl gsme as a freshman everyone is complaining because "he's too slow" and when Boyd blows up the defense Pitt shouldn't get credit for bringing him on board because "he only came to pitt because of the psu sanctions" as if no other bcs schools were after him. There is so much negativity and second guessing and no focus on credit even when it's very due.

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    1. Joe D is all over the internet and has several aliases. A lot of the negativity that surrounds Pitt comes from him. Don't be fooled. #FairAndBalanced

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    2. No offense to Joe D but I'm most definitely not him. Every Aliquippa football player from 1996-present knows the Mole, Gordo and Tom Mc

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    3. I never said you were him Jerry. I Should have been more clear. My point was that Joe D is all over internet and uses different aliases. He really is obsessive about it.

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    4. Jerry, Gordo, TomMc,
      Are you all Quip grads??

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    5. Yes I am an very proud of it.

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    6. We're all Joe D anony hacking another thread (Except for Jerry of course). I kid. I'm not a Quip grad but teach in a city very much like it. I got love for the pipeline. How could one not? Quips bring talent. Quips bring special players. Always have and still do. I don't see how anyone can counter that argument. I mean Frank Gnup cmon!

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  19. Next time you guys want to fall head over heels in love with 40 times of HS players, read this article. I trust the NFL over Rivals and ESPN.

    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/3/6/5475854/nfl-combine-high-school-40-yard-dash-times

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    1. No disrespect, but that is a bogus article because it basis the opinion of a time that is written on a Rivals profile.
      Those on HS Rivals profiles are not verified from some official combine, for the most part.
      Whether the kid got faster or slower in college is unknown.

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    2. That's the point of the article, don't trust what you see on these websites.

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  20. In 2014, you may want to stop laughing at the MAC if you're a Pitt fan.

    The MAC had the #1 overall player taken in the draft. The MAC has been represented in the BCS more than Pitt.

    Since 2012, 9 MAC schools have had more players taken in the NFL draft than Pitt. Temple-3, Miami OH-2, Western Michigan-2, Ohio University-2, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Marshall, & Northern Illinois all with 1, Pitt-0.

    Teams from the MAC don't shy away from Oregon, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, & Texas

    Please think twice before you knock yhe MAC and take a look in the mirror Pitt fans

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    1. The MAC looked pretty tough when we when kicked your champions butt the day after Christmas with our back up QB. We played the MACs best team on a neutral field and won so save it.

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    2. @anonymous 848

      Lol, you're kidding me right... You're not sitting here boasting about a 30-27 victory and calling it a butt kicking
      Let me help you out
      FSU game = butt kicking
      Duke game = Victory
      Miami game = butt kicking
      Bowling Green game = Victory

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    3. Soooo, according to the logic here, recruiting MAC type players isn't such a bad idea??? One can argue whatever side one wants to.

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    4. All I'm saying is that you can't Pitt can't look down on the MAC, just because they're in the ACC. Pitt is an average and replaceable team in the ACC.

      The same Navy team that beat Pitt lost to Toledo the previous week. The same Virginia Tech Team that beat Pitt, needed Overtime to beat Marshall.

      Truth be told, Pitt is a MAC team in the ACC.

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    5. The 7th best team in the ACC was better than the MAC's best team.

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    6. Umm, Jerry, Pitt beat the MAC champion in their bowl game. So what's your point here other than spewing garbage? Unless you're one of the BCS powerhouses, you're pretty much capable of being beaten by a lot of D1 teams. It all depends on skill match-ups.

      Mind explaining how Pitt ran up 58 points on a Duke defense that carried them to a BCS bowl?

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  21. I know the Mole!! Also if you read what the Mole says, one can tell right away he definitely isn't Joe D. It's simple to find. Go to @pittcritic on twitter if you need a refresher course. Nauseating!!

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    1. I just looked that up.
      I see that profile posts a lot about SAT. Interesting. Comments on Steelers.
      Telling Cam that winning best student/athlete in ACC is better than POY in ACC.
      Don't see anything on Pitt football but see stuff with WpialInsider.

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  22. Jerry the Mole.....are you a Pitt fan?

    I'm assuming you're not, based on your posts. If you are, you seem to be another "Pitt" fan who looks only at the negative.

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    1. @ Patrick
      Yes I am. As a Pitt fan, am I suppose to ignore the so called "negative" as if it doesn't exist? You got the wrong guy for that my friend. I'm a die hard Pitt fan but I'm also a realist.

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    2. Jerry "The Mole" = JoeD = pain in the butt blogger.

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    3. Another irrelevant"Anonymous" opinion

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    4. Mole - don't be so full of yourself.

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    5. I'm not suggesting the negative be ignored, just that it shouldn't be the sole focus of what people write. Getting better as a program requires that problems be addressed, but it doesn't need to be the only aspect written about.

      An acknowledement of positive developments, along with what needs to be improved goes down a lot smoother than just negative posts.

      A former infamous poster harped only on negative things to the point that he made himself irrelevant and became somewhat of a joke.

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  23. Pitt desperately needed to add at least one Quarterback to the roster. And UNRECRUITED Upper St. Clair Starting QB Joe Repischak is the first to answer the call.

    The 6-3 198 lb QB has committed to WALK ON at Pitt. According to the Trib Review, Repischak could be available to throw at Spring Drills, an obvious effort by Paul Chryst to take pressure off the arms of Voytik and Anderson, his only two QBs on the roster,

    While not receiving any scholarship offers for his athletic prowess, there is no questioning Repischak's smarts, a Straight A Student planning to major in Business and Finance.

    PittofDreams

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    1. That is good to hear. It will at least allow the other two quarterbacks some rest while the rest of the second and third string offense practices. He also could be used as a scout team quarterback in the fall.

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  24. A little more Pitt FOOTBALL news...

    It's OFFICIAL. According the Trib Review Pitt Offensive Lineman Dorian Johnson's future is as an "Interior" Lineman.

    Johson was recruited as a 5-Star CAN"T MISS Offensive Tackle. However, from his "less-than-impressive" debut in relief at Left Tackle, it was pretty obvious that Johnson did not appear to have the height or frame to play on the outside.

    But O-Line Coach Jim Hueber tells Jerry DiPaola that Johnson could really shine on the inside.

    “He has great hand and arm strength,” Hueber said. “He can make up for 10 pounds worth of weight by applying his strength in a box in a small area.”

    The emphais on the term "Interior" Lineman is interesting. There's another position on the interior called "Center."

    I've been posting since the fall that while Johson could turn out to be a starter at Guard.... his stature and reported "nimble feet" would seem to make him an IDEAL CANDIDATE for Center.

    If Starting Center Artie Rowell struggles and another name steps up at Guard.... look for Johnson to make the move even further inside.

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    1. Not have the height? He's 6'6". He was also considered a strong possibility to play guard so it should surprise nobody that that's where he'll probably end up.

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    2. Less than impressive debut? Go find me a freshman lineman anywhere that steps in and plays solid. It doesn't happen. He shouldn't have been playing last year, he was forced to because of lack of depth. Thank you for your' ignorant post.

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    3. Chris...

      My understanding is that Johnson is a lot closer to 6-4 than 6-6.

      Ideal height for a Guard or Center.

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    4. As for excusing Dorian Johnson's "less than impressive" debut due to the fact that freshmen Offensive Linemen never play.

      Well... let me see. Last year, UCLA started THREE Freshmen on the O-Line.

      That's just one that I can immediately come up with.

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    5. He's 6'5" and very young so he's still growing possibly. And the UCLA situation is extremely unique. Almost every OL every year in college football gets redshirted. Two of those UCLA kids were going to be redshirted until they forced into action.

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    6. Chris,

      Truth is... I've been way out in front on Johnson being moved inside.... and still believe Center is his BEST Position.

      Frankly, the rmain eason Johnson did not play well in his debut was that he played out of position... which has been pretty much my whole point all along.

      As for UCLA... that was just one school. Dig a little and I'm certain you'll find many other TRUE FRESHMAN Lineman through time who have played "solid" when hearing their number called.

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    7. I'm not going to waste my time digging when I already know that you're wrong. And you keep acting like you're the only one saying Johnson could end up at guard when in reality everybody said it.

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    8. Chris,

      "Everyone?"

      If I remember correctly, you projected Johnson at Guard, but ONLY as a temporary move so that he would not be left "on an Island" as a Freshman.

      Sounds a bit like "revisionist history" to me.

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    9. I said he could be a guard or a tackle, as has everybody else. And he may still be either. So there's nothing revisionist about it.

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  25. Lucas Nix had a pretty decent freshman year .... and CJ Davis wasn't that bad either.
    And do we dare talk about Fralic?

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    1. Nix played in just 6 games- as a reserve. Davis played at guard, which is easier than tackle. Fralic is maybe the best college OL ever. So none of those really correlate to Johnson.

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  26. Chris, what seed would pitt get if they won the acc tourney?

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  27. Hey, Pitt won a bball game today...Hail To Pitt!

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  28. Top rated lineman for 2013. Tunsil Ole miss not a starter. Perkins Texas.... 3rd on depth chart...Pocic....moved to backup center....Lisle OSU...not on depth chart. Thats a bunch of cant miss OTs that ended up playing very little or not at all as freshman. I could go further, but those are the top rated players. The chance of a freshman coming in and being good his first year on the offensive line is extremely slim. The fact is they need to put on size and strength along with learn the schemes before they can show their true potential. But you keep digging for examples of freshman who did well and waste your time while everyone else understands that it just isnt a position where you expect even the most elite freshman to contribute.

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    1. Precisely why the star ranking system is an inexact science when dealing with 17 - 18 year olds!!!!! What really counts is how a college coaching staff can assess and project what a kid will do when he gets to D1. And then even good staffs can miss. Luck and a kid's heart (or lack of one) also play into the equation. You work for more hits than misses.

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    2. Anonymous 9:44

      Precisely.

      Dorian Johnson is an example of how WRONG analysts can be when rating H.S. Players.

      Despite arguments to the contrary, the OVER-RIDING sentiment among "the Experts" was that Johnson was a consensus 5-Star Player whose physical tools, namely "nimble feet" and long arms had hiim marked for stardom at TACKLE.

      It's been illustrated clearly that despite arguments to the contrary, there are plenty of examples of TRUE FRESHMAN who have been thrown into the mix on the Offensive Line and played "solid." Note, we're not talking All-American First or Second Team here. We're talking about a kid who is advanced enough at 18 years old to simply hold his own with Upper Classmen.

      Dorian Johnson just wasn't one of them, despite his 5 Stars.

      Now, this isn't to say that Dorian won't find success. In fact, I believe he has the chance to be solid or more than solid, but on the INTERIOR, not at Tackle. Jim Hueber seems to agree.

      But I'm willing to go one more. When I look at Dorian and his nimble feet and long arms, what I see is a Center. I believe that could be where we see him make his BIGGEST IMPACT, especially if current Starting Center Artie Rowell fails to ramp up his game over last year.

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    3. You can keep repeating it all you want but you're still not going to be right.

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  29. Chris,

    It's OK to be wrong sometimes.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Well, at least you're admitting you are wrong now. That's a start.

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