Thursday, June 5, 2014

Best uncommitted prospects at Pitt camp



2015 

Kareem Ali, Timber Creek HS (Sicklerville, NJ) CB- The Panthers desperately need some elite cornerbacks and Ali fits the bill. He's best friends with Adonis Jennings, but still didn't have Pitt in his top five a month ago. Now, however, Pitt is back in the top four along with West Virginia, Louisville, and Maryland. Of the players currently on the camp list he would be the biggest addition in the '15 class.

Patrick Anderson, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa, PA) WR- One thing that you can say about Paul Chryst is that he doesn't offer Aliquippa kids just to offer them. Whether or not that will cost him in the future remains to be seen. It's curious that the Panthers haven't offered Anderson yet since he's 6'3" and athletic, but schools like Miami, Rutgers, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Purdue have. Chryst is much more selective with wide receivers this season because of improving depth, but it's surprising that they haven't offered. Maybe seeing him in camp will change that.

Chapelle Cook, Lakewood HS (Lakewood, NJ) LB- Already holds a Pitt offer, as well as offers from Boston College and Temple. Not big at 6'1" and 210 pounds, and he's played mostly running back in high school, but the Panthers need as many linebackers as possible and he's at the same level as recent linebacker signings.

Alex Hornibrook, Malvern Prep HS (Malvern, PA) QB- After a few other quarterback targets committed elsewhere, the Panthers threw their hat in the ring with the eastern Pa signal caller. Rutgers and UConn also offered, as have the likes of Yale, Fordham, Lafayette, and Colgate. On paper he's not the big time quarterback the program needs, but landing him would help with depth at least. Best case scenario, the 6'4" lefty develops into a good quarterback.

Tyler Hudanick, Seneca Valley HS (Harmony, PA) OG- Like Patrick Anderson at wide receiver, Hudanick may have already been offered in past years, but with the new depth at offensive line the Panthers are now more selective. Slightly smaller than the usual Chryst lineman at 6'4" and 285 pounds, but he's a ferocious blocker who could develop into a fine college lineman. Offers have come from most of the MAC schools as well as low D-1 schools.

Neal Nelson, Timber Creek HS (Sicklerville, NJ) LB- Another Timber Creek kid, and another much needed linebacker. At 6'2" and 225 pounds he has good athleticism and is very though. Already holds offers from Pitt, Louisville, Boston College, Temple, Syracuse, and UCF.

Brett Zanotto, Franklin Regional HS (Murrysville, PA) LB- Yes, he's a linebacker at only 6'0" and 215 pounds, but don't call him another Mike Caprara. Zanotto is better. He plays much bigger than he is, and he's extremely quick. Pitt hasn't offered but Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse, and Toledo have.


Underclassmen


Gunnar Hoak, Coffman HS (Dublin, OH) QB (2016)- He's only going to be a full-time starter for the first time this season, but he's already 6'3" 190, and he has a very strong, accurate arm. Definitely the type of quarterback that Chryst likes, but he better get on him now before Hoak takes off.

Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport Area HS (McKeesport, PA) S (2016)- One of the best prospects in the state, he's 6'0" 200 now, so it's still undetermined if he will be a safety or grow into a linebacker. Personally, I think if he's a safety he could be a devastating force. Very athletic and he'll hit you like a ton of bricks. Pitt has offered, as have WVU, Cincinnati, and Temple.

Aaron Matthews, Clairton Area HS (Clairton, PA) WR (2016)- The more I see the 6'5" Matthews the more I think he can be an unstoppable force in college. Great height, hands, speed, and athleticism. What more do you want? Pitt is the favorite, though it's early. Pitt has already offered as have WVU, Temple, and Toledo.

Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa Area HS (Aliquippa, PA) LB (2016)- Another potential national recruit, he's already a well built 6'1" 205 pound dynamo who should only get bigger and stronger. Pitt and WVU are his early offers, but they'll be many, many more.

Lamont Wade, Clairton Area HS (Clairton, PA) CB (2017)- He's just finishing up his freshman year of high school and has offers from Pitt, WVU, and Temple. Needless to say, he will be one of the top recruits of the 2017 class.  Thankfully for the Panthers, like most Clairton stars, he's also very high on the Panthers. 

26 comments:

  1. Watch the film on William Harris from CT (former Dintino teammate) and you'll be hard pressed not to include him among the better players at this camp. He has the offers to back it to.

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  2. Chris - Thanks for the update. Do you think that the Kisner kid from Penn Hills will get on their radar?

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  3. I watched Hoak throw at the Rivals Camp out in Columbus back in April. He had a very strong arm - which he needed as it was a pretty windy day. He looked a little lean, but obviously has time to add some weight the next two years. I know his parents are both from the Western PA area and he still has a lot of family in this area so the interest seems genuine.

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    1. Father is a good guy and good athlete played at Ohio state

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  4. Agree on Brett Zanotto. Very Athletic. Very Aggressive.

    He's going to have MORE than his share of offers. Maybe that's why Pitt hasn't offered.

    PittofDreams

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  5. Agree 100% on Will Harris kid is good. Another one to keep an eye on is Chris Green LB from Toledo 6'1" 226 good player in a need position. Defense, defense, and more defense.

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  6. Glad to have you back Mr D....missed your updates

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  7. Jerry "The Mole"June 5, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I'm excited to see how these prospects look this weekend

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  8. If you believe Scout, Neal Nelson has offers from Maryland, Georgia, and UCLA as well. Have a feeling he commits this weekend and hopefully Ali soon after...

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    1. I was mistaken. Disregard.

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  9. don't forget 2016 Tymir Oliver...Could be a force from what I hear...

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  10. PJ Fulmore dazzled the Pitt camp yesterday. Will an offer follow?

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  11. He's a dynamic player. Obviously size is the issue but he'd be an interesting signing.

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    1. I get this size factor but his game play and stats speak for themselves. In big games, this guy comes to play. I have yet to see him disappoint when the bright lights are on him

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    2. He's fun to watch there's no doubt about it.

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    3. Too short and too slow and playing Single A.
      You people need to stop being homers if you want Pitt to succeed.
      Reminds me of the kid from North Allegheny Alex Papson who ended up going D2.

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    4. Jerry "The Mole"June 8, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      There's 5 single A Clairton kids on the team, & 4 are starters. If you're a good player, then you're a good player. At the camp, he was eating these AAA and AAAA players alive

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    5. Jerry,
      You can't compare Clairton kids to North Catholic. That would be like comparing your Aliquippa to Beaver.
      3 of those clairton kids wouldn't start at any other BCS D1 team so just because they start at Pitt isn't saying a whole lot.
      and who said there are a lot of BCS D1 prospects in wpial this year whether from A or AAAA.
      Do you want Pitt to be competitive or is mediocre ok?
      If mediocre ok, keep recruiting slow, short, weak, 2star, etc wpial players.

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    6. Jerry "The Mole"June 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      That's not to say Beaver doesn't have a solid Division 1 player every so often. Based on Fulmore's track record over the past 3 seasons I can see why a Division 1 program would take a chance on him. The kid showed his athleticism by playing every position necessary for his team to win the ultimate prize, a state Championship. I'll take that gamble compared to taking the same exact gamble on a Dennis Briggs, who's resume and accomplishments doesn't nearly compare to Fulmore's

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    7. Jerry,
      I suggest you look at Alex Papson film.
      He played for NA against bigger and faster competition. Frankly, I thought he was D1. Frankly he was much better than Fulmore. A few more inches and .1 sec on the 40 and perhaps Papson would have been D1.
      Briggs nor Fulmore are worthy of a Pitt scholarship in my opinion. Since you are a Quip fan, Briggs over Swanson. Ya got to be kidding me.

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  12. Patrick Anderson is killing these DB's out here. I agree with you Doke, what are the Pitt coaches thinking? I'd love to see him matched against Whitehead

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  13. Hornibrook is a panther!!

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  14. What about brett brumbaugh?is he good enough to be the second qd in this class

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  15. Ali would be a good get as would Daquan Kelly who seems like he has less interest in Pitt than he once did.

    It does however seem that Pitt could wrap up a few more players soon. Neal Nelson, Tony Pilato, Tre Tipton, sekai Lindsay and perhaps Quadree Henderson.

    Pretty much all 3 star decent talents. It wouldn't thrill the media to wrap up all those guys, but I think it would go a long way to a decent base for the panthers this year.

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  16. I think Quadree is about to pull the trigger.

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  17. ESPN just released the top 60 basketball players for 2016...and surprise, Maverick Rowan is number 56. Congrats to Pitt!

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