Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Final PA Top 20 for the 2015 Class

1. Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley HS (Monaca) CB- Excellent speed and quickness on a now muscular 6'0" 185 pound frame. He can also play on offense and is an excellent return man. Throw in the fact that he's a good kid that is very mature and he's the closest thing to a sure thing in this class. Chose to stay home and play for PITTSBURGH over Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Virginia.

2. John Reid, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) CB- A bit on the smallish size at 5'10" and 180 pounds, but he was born to play cornerback. Possesses excellent speed and plays bigger than he is. Willing in run support despite size, but it's his ball skills that are really impressive. Great instincts and knowledge of the position. Has the potential to be an excellent college cornerback. Chose PENN STATE over the likes of Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Miami, Virginia, Maryland, and Arizona.

3. Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster) OT- You know you're an exceptional offensive lineman when you commit a year before you can sign and you still can chose PENN STATE over schools like Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, and South Carolina. Needs to add a lot of size as he currently looks almost like a tight end at 6'5" and 280 pounds, but he has good length, and excellent quickness, flexibility, and feet.  He's also very aggressive. Bottom line, once he gets bigger and stronger he may be a beast.

4. Saquon Barkley, Whitehall HS (Whitehall) RB- Has impressed more and more over the past year and now he's a legitimate elite prospect. Solidly built at 5'11" and 200 pounds, he has very good speed to go with excellent quickness and vision. Also has good hands. Plays with a swagger. Committed to PENN STATE way back in February or he would have a lot more offers, but it was enough time to get them from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, North Carolina, Boston College, Syracuse, and Temple.

5. Shareef Miller, Frankford HS (Philadelphia) DE- This is a player I like the more and more I watch him, even though there's not a lot of film on him. Great length at 6'4" and 232 pounds but obviously he needs to add a lot of size. He's very thin right now, but he's also highly athletic with an excellent burst coming off the edge. He looks physically more like an elite wide receiver at the moment but once he gets bigger he has the potential to be a big time pass rushing end. Offers include Pittsburgh, Penn State, Oregon, Michigan State, West Virginia, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Arizona, and Arizona State.

6. Kevin Givens, Altoona Area HS (Altoona) DE/OLB- I know many will think I put Givens so high because he's going to Pitt, but the truth is, I had him at No. 16 until some assistant coach sources I know kept raving about him to me. So I put on his senior tape and I was wowed. Last season he was promising but raw. Now he's a beast. At a rock solid 6'2" and 230 pounds, Givens already has the physique of an NFL linebacker. He's also very quick and explosive with above average speed. He can project on offense at running back but he's best on defense. He's expected to get a look at linebacker first and I think that's his best position. He's already so thick that I don't see him gaining much more size. For that reason he may have less than ideal size for end, especially since 6'2" is a little short for end. Committed to PITTSBURGH very early so he didn't get any other major offers.

7. Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin HS (Pittsburgh) OT- One of the more controversial prospects for those that have seen him beyond combines and game tape (meaning not national recruiting websites) because the truth is, he isn't elite as an actual player in high school. In fact, despite his great offer list, he didn't make all-conference as a junior and was only honorable mention as a senior. He's huge at 6'8" and 300 pounds but he's not nearly as strong as his size. Not yet, anyway. He also has good feet for his size, but he also doesn't always use them well. You get the point. Basically he has huge potential because not many linemen are that big and can still move. But he is very much a boom or bust player. Chose PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and Tennessee.

8. Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg) RB- Stocky at 5'9" and 205 pounds. Runs hard between the tackles despite size. More quick than fast and doesn't project in college to be a breakaway threat though he has good speed. Excellent vision and fantastic hands. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, and Rutgers.

9. DJ Moore, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia) WR- Worked hard since last season and made himself a top recruit. He doesn't stand out in any one facet but his strength is that he has no glaring weakness. Not big, but solid at 6'0" and 200 pounds. Not a speed demon, but fast. Not highly athletic but makes all of the catches and runs well with the ball once he grabs it. Very good hands and route runner. Chose MARYLAND over Pittsburgh, Virginia, Duke, Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, and Temple, among others.

10. Ryan Buchholz, Great Valley HS (Malvern) DE- Size is what makes Buchholz a very good prospect and you can't teach 6'6'. That wingspan could help him be a big time defensive end but if doesn't pan out there he can add to his 240 pound frame and be a defensive tackle or offensive tackle. Not a great athlete, but he does move well for somebody his size. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Purdue, and a few others.

11. Nick Bowers, Kittanning HS (Kittanning) TE- Very good all around football player who already has good size at 6'4" and 240 pounds. More of a receiver than a blocker right now, so blocking is a skill that he will have to work hard on, but as a receiver he has good speed and athleticism, and he catches everything in sight. He even runs the ball out of the quarterback position and runs reverses. Committed to PITTSBURGH over Penn State, Temple, and Purdue.

12. Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood (Warminster) LB- Tough and athletic natural football player that has good strength and quickness. Solidly built at 6'1" and 230 pounds. Is probably best suited for the inside.  Excellent against the run but needs a lot of work on pass defense. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Duke, Boston College, Northwestern, Syracuse, Temple, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Virginia, and Rutgers.

13. Josh Adams, Central Bucks South HS (Warrington) RB- Dominant in his area thanks to his 6'2" 210 pound size and very good speed and athleticism. Runs effortlessly but there's always been a worry that he'd get too tall, never a good thing for a running back. There's been talk that he'd move to wide receiver or linebacker, but it appears he'll be tried at running back first. That will happen at NOTRE DAME where he committed after offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Stanford, Boston College, Rutgers, and Temple.

14. Jay Stocker, Coatesville HS (Coatesville) S- Very athletic with good speed. Very skinny at 6'2" and 185 but has the frame to add a lot more. Great range in the passing game and against the run he attacks the line of scrimmage like a bullet. Has a lot of potential. Offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Boston College College, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Virginia, Illinois, and Rutgers among others. Pittsburgh and Syracuse appear be the current leaders.

15. Kyle Shurmur, La Salle College HS (Glenside) QB- Good 6'4" height with the frame to add more muscle to his 215 pounds. Father is current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, so he has a high football IQ. A pocket passer without running skills, but he has an accurate arm and can make all of the throws. Chose VANDERBILT over Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Illinois, and Temple.

16. Alex Paulina, Canon McMillan HS (Canonsburg) C/G- Big and strong at a rock solid 6'3" and 290 pounds. Moves very well despite his size. Will probably end up at center at the college level. Played on a very bad team in his career and he's had some concussion issues which could be a factor in the future. Chose PITTSBURGH very early so his only the other offer was Virginia Tech.

17. Freddie Simmons, Catholic HS (Bethlehem) WR- Exciting receiver and return man that runs extremely well after the catch. Very good speed and quickness. Good 6'3" height but must fill out his 180 pound frame. Originally committed to Rutgers but he has recently decided to go back onto the market. Has offers from not only Rutgers but also West Virginia, Virginia, Wake Forest, Purdue, Kansas, California, San Diego State, Hawaii, and Central Florida.

18. Hayden Mahoney, Malvern Prep HS (Malvern) OT- Played right tackle and protected the blind side of star lefty quarterback, and future Pitt Panther, Alex Hornibrook. Great length at 6'5" and 280 pounds though clearly he needs to add at least 20-30 pounds at the college level. Moves very well. Needs to get stronger. Committed to MIAMI, FL over Northwestern, Boston College, and Virginia Tech.

19. Johnny Petrishen, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) S- Another sleeper heading into the season but he's wide awake now after an excellent senior season. Very good size for the position at 6'2" and 200 pounds. Good speed and athleticism. Very good range and football instincts. Very accomplished return man and returns a lot of punts for touchdowns. Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Virginia appear to be the favorites. Among the other 30+ offers are Maryland, Northwestern, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.

20. Amir Ealey, Coatesville HS (Coatesville) TE/DE- A little bit of a sleeper heading into the season but his combination of a solid 6'4" 230 pound frame and good athleticism and speed was too good to stay hidden for long.  Could project as a defensive end but it looks like he could get a good at tight end first. In a bit of a surprise he chose SYRACUSE over Pittsburgh, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers, North Carolina, Temple, Central Florida, and UConn.








23 comments:

  1. The words "Penn State" sure seem to appear in bold next to a lot of these guys' names. Hopefully Chryst departs to Wiscy -- good riddance, IMO -- and our next coach can recruit a lot better, to help balance those scales a little more in Pitt's favor.

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    1. I agree it appears Franklin has cleaned up for 2015 itegarding in state recruiting and depending on who Pitt hires PSU could pick up or maybe lose a recruit or two.

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  2. Narduzzi to Pitt is a topic of conversation in Michigan.

    detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state-university/2014/12/16/narduzzi-deflects-job-talk-focusing-msu-bowl-game/20481215




    detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state-university/2014/12/12/msus-pat-narduzzi-good-fit-pittsburgh/20317167

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    1. Please oh PLEASE, not another unproven coordinator from the Big 10!

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  3. Guess who Pitt 's first opponent is in 2015? Bo Pelini and Youngstown State. Talk about potential karma.

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  4. The day has finally come.
    Chryst and his crew will be gone.
    Can't coach... Can't recruit... Can't speak... Can't motivate...
    Joe D

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    1. Good to hear from you JoeD. I agree with your assessment of PC.

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    2. Happy Days Joe, Happy Days indeed

      It was a mistake to hire Chryst and his 19-19 record and inept coaching hires just further validated this was a mistake

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    3. I have to agree with Joe D, I went to a few Panther functions, PC wasn't to articulate.

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  5. Happy that HCPC is gone....take that inept DCoordinator with you! House is good enough to be DC @ Pitt....but only a line coach or DB coach @ Wisc. BAHHH!

    Lessons Learned: If a coaching candidate cannot form 4-5 articulate sentences in his interview (back to back)....DO NOT HIRE HIM! He needs to communicate at any # of levels as a head coach! :-(

    Time for a fresh start.

    Let's hope it also involves a new A.D. ..real soon!!

    HAIL TO PITT.

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  6. Let's get Terry Smith in here as our Defensive Coordinator. He's affiliated with every school statewide and has been one of Penn State's ace recruiters. He was also Temple's ace recruiter in his first year on the job.

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  7. Chris, are you having fun yet? Thanks for being the voice of reason

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  8. Chancellor Gallagher has the opportunity to put his imprint on Pitt football right out of the gate. Pitt needs to take advantage of PC's leaving and hire a person with head coaching experience who's also a great recruiter.

    If Pitt does this right, Chryst's leaving could turn out to be a very good thing. (and that's a big IF). Just keep SP as far away from the hiring process as possible.

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    1. But if they fire Stevie P then wouldn't the new AD want to hire "his" coach?

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    2. New AD won't have a choice. Gallagher can't get rid of SP for another 4-6 mponths due to the contract extension Nordy gave him on his way out. Within 4-6 months, Pitt can buy out SP, which more than likely will happen.

      Until then, I can't see SP having much if any involvement in the new coach search. I am seriously hoping they hire Schiano or Holliday, they can not hire another hot assistant, the program is not in rebuild mode.

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  9. If Tom Bradley not good enough for and state West Virginia or any other school why would he be a candidate for the University of Pittsburg??? You Bradley lovers got to get a hold of yourself.

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  10. PC stopped the bleeding. Now Gallagher needs to fix what is broken, aka, get rid of Smiley the Clown and increase the budget for coaches.

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  11. I hope Miles Sanders changes his mind from PsU after seeing all these RBs, but then again with James, Ollison, Lindsey, Hall et al, he may feel the same about Pitt. We need the new coach to reel in Miller and Stocker/petrishen

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  12. PC news conference at Wisconsin set for 7pm

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  13. BREAKING NEWS… courtesy Sports Illustrated…

    The most expected and obvious choice for Wisconsin in its head coaching search will become official Wednesday: Paul Chryst has been hired to lead the Badgers.

    Read More…

    http://www.si.com/college-football/2014/12/17/paul-chryst-wisconsin-badgers-head-coach?xid=si_ncaaf

    PittofDreams

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    1. Great news!!

      Time to hire a real football coach who doesn't need on the job training.

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  14. BREAKING BREAKING NEWS...

    Post Gazette Sam Werner tweeting that Steve Pederson is OUT as Athletic Director.

    PittofDreams

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