Monday, September 1, 2014

Panthers pick up another behemoth offensive lineman

In a bit of a surprise, the Panthers landed 6'6" 300 pound offensive lineman Rob Dowdy tonight. Dowdy plays for Westerville South HS in Westerville, OH. He is in the 2015 class. As recently as a few weeks ago, Dowdy did not have the Panthers in his top four. Dowdy can play either on the outside or inside, but if I had to guess I would think that he will end up at guard. Other offers included Miami, Michigan State, Louisville, and West Virginia.

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  1. The last two commitments have been 4 star surprises. Hopefully we'll get a couple more on the defensive side of the ball. I know that we only played Delaware, but the effort, the conditioning and the aggressiveness I saw Saturday I haven't seen since the Sherrill days. Hopefully it will continue. If it does, we'll get even better players to take notice.

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  2. looks good .... the RBs have got to love what Chryst is putting together.

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  3. He is a legit big time get, did not see this coming. I read a quote at least that is what the article said, that he said Pitt was different and there was nothing quote"fake"about Pitt. I take that as good. Maybe Paul's direct simple good guy approach is coming through on some kids, at least I hope that's the case.

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    1. And, it seemed that having lunch with Coach Tomlin didn't hurt, either. HCPC seems to think it is an advantage exposing recruits to the pro atmosphere. People always wondered if that could pay off. It did with Dowdy, apparently.

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  4. If this recruit sticks to his commitment this sounds great for the future. A return to tough and sometimes dominant offensive lines in this city would be phenomenal!

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  5. Getting good players is key to success... Even if they are not local kids... Speaking of which, interesting side note to the Alabama / WVU game...

    Alabama lost their WR (DeAndrew White) for the next two weeks. He was injured during the WVU game... Here is a quote from the attached link:

    "Though Robert Foster is listed on the depth chart as White's backup at the "Z" receiver position, junior Chris Black was the one who took his spot on offense against West Virginia."

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11448350/alabama-crimson-tide-loses-starters-jarrick-williams-deandrew-white-injury

    Hmmmmm...

    I remember Chris writing an article about how the local kids tend to do better when playing at Pitt versus other schools.... It's hard to believe as talented as Foster is, he has jet to catch a pass...

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  6. Welcome aboard Rob! Another big boy to pave the way for the skill guys.

    The O line looks like it's going to be a strength for the foreseeable future. This bodes well for recruiting RBs, etc.

    I do think Coach Chryst's sincerity goes down well with a lot of kids. I'd rather play for a humble, decent guy than some fast talking blowhard, but that's just me.

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    1. My daughter is a D1 soccer player, and even though non-revenue sport recruiting is nothing like big time football, it was so easy to tell the honest coaches from the disingenuous ones during campus visits.

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    2. It's easy for competent people but the sleazy coaches keep convincing kids and parents, so obviously not everybody sees the obvious.

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  7. Great get and I see this guy sticking with us. He works out with another commit Hamilton in offseason. It is nice to see some kids can see through they slime ball approach that a lot of coaches take to recruiting.. This kid is big with room to grow with no big lineman gut.. descent article about him on rivals..

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  8. Even with two big gets Rivals still has Pitt's 2015 recruiting class rated at 39th in the country. But hey, at least it's ahead of Arizona State, Baylor, Virginia Tech and Stanford!

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    1. Those rankings are based on volume of recruits as well as rating. Since Pitt is going to have a small class (less than 20), their ranking will remain low.

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    2. Washington State, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan State, Oregon, & Michigan all have less commitments than Pitt but are all ranked ahead of Pitt.
      Texas & UCLA has the same amount of recruits as Pitt but are 29 & 30 spots ahead of Pitt respectively
      Therefore, Pitt's ranking will only remain low if they continue to recruit low ranked players.

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    3. I wouldn't get too concerned about recruiting rankings. I'm more interested in what Coach Chryst does with the players he gets. I think he's showing himself to be a very good teacher.

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    4. Pitt is never going to out recruit Texas, I hope we can all recognize that. Chryst has recruited enough talent to win 8/9 games each year, if he proves he can win more recruits will take Pitt seriously. Pitt has been mediocre for longer than any current recruits been a live, it takes time to turn that around.

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    5. With the Power 5 conferences obtaining autonomy, college football is going in a total different direction. The 2014 season will be a test sample of this big project that the Power 5 is becoming.

      With that said, Pitt is gonna have to step it up. Offensively, I have no complaints about recruiting. Offensively, Pitt is competitive nationally. It's defensively where Pitt is lagging behind. If House and his defensive tactics don't work this year, its time to go a different direction. Once the defense gets up to par with the offense, Pitt can compete with teams like Texas in Recruiting

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  9. Sorry, but I'm not excited.
    Pitt over the limit and has maybe 1-2 offers to take after this one. This is assuming some transfers in the spring.
    Where is the recruiting on the Defensive side of the ball???
    Doing great recruiting on the offense. This is going to come back to bite Chryst in the backside by House inability to recruit for the defense.

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    1. Why am I not surprised? A 4 star recruit signs, and leave it to Joe D to complain about House. A one note Nellie.

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    2. If he had been rumored to come and then committed elsewhere you'd be upset too, some people just don't know what they want.

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    3. Pitt "officially" has 12 scholarships to give for 2015. That includes Coles.
      Currently, 14 have committed.
      With the heavy attrition the last 2 years, i don't see many leaving.
      At best, Pitt has 2 more offers it can take. They need to be DB's badly otherwise some WR's may be converted to DB.
      I can also see some of the Oline converting to Dline.
      Interesting concept. Have the offense recruit for defense by telling them they will play offense only to switch them to defense.

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    4. I don't have the sense that this staff would be the kind to purposely deceive a kid by telling them they'll play offense, and then switching them to defense, unless the kid just didn't work out on offense.

      In fact, here's a direct quote from Tyler Boyd: "The staff is real honest about what they are saying. They will not tell you anything they don't mean. They did exactly what they said they were going to do. Giving us a chance like that means a lot. They think we can do huge things with the program."

      I think that's what appeals to a good many kids. The staff is upfront and honest with them.

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    5. Anon 8:23, we're not limited to 14. First of all, we'll lose 4 or 5 guys a year again as we and all programs do. Second, rsJr.s who are not going to see the field frequently don't have their scholarships renewed for a 5th year when room is needed for new talent. That may happen next year. Third, scholarships are a one year commitment in most cases -boyd and some others were offered 4 years guaranteed- and some players who aren't developing will simply be asked, and usually helped, to find a new home.

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  10. PC and staff seems to be recruiting Ohio pretty well -- certainly not a bad thing.

    Hope they pick it up locally a bit and FL and NJ is always good.

    Speaking of defense commits (and Ohio) .. I see that Jamal Davis is now on the team ... certainly can't hurt
    bill

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  11. This class will end up with about 16 or 17 kids, which is bigger than any expected. Don't be too concerned though, there's always attrition. This is a strong class, we do need to close out with a CB, S, LB, and DE though in order to have a complete class that fills our needs.

    I'm very, very glad to have another quality OL. His offer sheet is very impressive, 15 P5 offers by my count.

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  12. Man, where's all the talk about moving Conner to Defense?

    I was just about ready to buy in.

    PittofDreams

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  13. And by the way... like Pitt's chances at Boston College. Fast track favors Pitt... and Conner in particularly.

    Only reservation is the Coach. As much as I like Chryst... Steve Addazio was my first choice when it came to making a SAFE hire.

    Like Chryst, Addazio is good on the Offensive Side of the Ball. Unlike Chryst, brings a whole lot of fire and intensity to the sideline.

    But I'm good with Chryst.

    PittofDreams

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  14. A lot of talk since Saturday about the offensive line. The unit will be tested this Friday, so there is some pressure to continue playing above the line.

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    1. Yes, BC will be a stiffer test for the OL, and the rest of the team, no doubt about that. Let's hope they're up to the challenge.

      While I don't pay much attention to this stuff, Pitt is still favored by around 4 points. All I care about is them winning, even if it's just by a single point.

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    2. Note that Pitt is favored by 4 because of most of the money is being bet on Pitt. The line actually began with BC as a 1 point favorite.

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    3. OK, but the line would've started when it was unclear whether Boyd would be able to play. It's not a coincidence that once the best player on either team was cleared to play that the line moved in our favor.

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  15. Regarding Addazio...

    From Sam Werner - Post Gazette interview of Michael Vega of the Boston Globe...

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    No one expected Addazio to do what he did in his first year at BC, taking a team that had won just two games in 2012 and turning it into a seven-game winner that earned its first bowl berth since 2010. He exceeded all expectations.
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    Addazio will have his Eagles ready. Need a FLAWLESS game from Voytik (as in No Ints) among other things.

    PittofDreams

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  16. One of the "other things" that would help is a BIG Game from James Conner.

    It would put him in the NATIONAL Spotlight.

    Let’s hope he gets it.

    PittofDreams

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  17. Interesting that Jerry DiPaola of Trib doesn't think Pitt will cover the 4pt spread against BC.
    and Jerry if very pro-Pitt and Chryst.

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    1. There's absolutely nothing interesting about it. You look like you're looking to instigate. He predicted Pitt to win.

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    2. Well said Chris.

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    3. I figure Pitt should win by 10 at least.
      For Jerry to say Pitt won't beat the spread (4) is surprising.

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