Sunday, January 25, 2015

More speed for the Panthers defense

Pat Narduzzi and his defensive staff wants speed, speed, and more speed, and today he added more of it when 6'2" 205 pound linebacker Saleem Brightwell of Paramus Catholic HS in Paramus, NJ committed to the Panthers. Brightwell visited the campus this weekend. Like Anthony McKee, another linebacker that committed a few days ago, Brightwell is fast and athletic, and both could see time immediately as freshman. Another linebacker that visited as the same time as Brightwell this weekend, Adrienne Talan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, did not commit, but it's believed that the Panthers have a good shot of landing him eventually. The former Oregon State commit is visiting Temple next week. As for Brightwell, his offer list also included Miami, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Duke, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Boston College, and Iowa.

Brightwell is the second player who visited this week that committed, the other being 6'3" 250 pound defensive end Allen Edwards of Dean JC in Franklin, MA. The three players that visited, but did not commit yet, are 6'3" 195 pound quarterback Ben DiNucci of Pine-Richland HS in Gibsonia, PA, 6'5" 280 pound offensive lineman Zach Hoyt of Salem (VA) HS, and 6'1" 195 pound wide receiver Gentry Ivery of Mansfield (TX) Legacy HS. There's a good chance that all three could end up committing to the Panthers soon.

20 comments:

  1. Just like the hashtag coach Harley uses # RUNANDHIT these kids are fast. Maybe Bembry and Provitt to replace Hamilton and Howe.

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  2. BTW...a PSU report puts Bowers chances of flipping to PSU at 30%. They think he is tight with Pitt after a Narduzzi visit.

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  3. Whoops didn't know that

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  4. Vukovcan says Petrishen to Pitt using a Pat signal... nothing from coach Duzz.

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  5. PD, not what he said. Just that he had news. MV is using that Pitt signal any time he has a scoop.

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  6. Anthony McKee and Saleem Brightwell --- watched their respective HUDL highlights and both guys are fast-twitch, agile, and smoothly-athletic which is a total and complete overhaul from Todd Thomas, Matt Galambos, and Anthony Gonzalez who are very 'stiff' and don't have great acceleration / agility.

    McKee and Brightwell (some people may only glance and say, "oh, two 3-star guys mediocre recruits) are clearly both serious 'ballers' and they both go to the whistle---and even more exciting to me they always are running around and hustling after the play, showing they have high-motors and energy.

    Now.....here's the huge caveat with these two young men as linebackers and contributing early: they're both below / or barely 200 pounds!! They are lightning-quick now, but really to be every-down backers and be able to take-on the run, they must get up to at least 220 truthfully. It would be huge if they could both redshirt this year, and come in next season at 220+ after a year with Narduzzi.

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    1. Brightwell is a little over 200. McKee is around 200. There's plenty of time to get bigger before September.

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    2. Even Galambos / Todd Thomas / and Gonzalez were undersized guys too --- I'd be surprised if Gonzalez and Galambos were even 220 so you're totally right -- plenty of time for the young guys to beef-up.

      Also they have the you-got-it-or-ya-don't gift of SPEED and agility, McKee and Brightwell, and that's exciting. Pitt needs to get some NFL caliber linebackers again.

      Yes of course it's Urban Meyer (at the pinnacle of his game, no less) but OSU this year proved it's all about coaching, motivation, and confidence with the team. Huge: the majority of the squad were all Ohio / Midwest guys, some of whom Meyer actually inherited. An mostly-Ohio Group of players dominated the playoff, and especially on offense many of the guys were not all top 5 star guys, but a lot 3 and 4 star guys starting.

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  7. Yeah his latest tweet Franklin coming for a in home visit. I always thought he was a PSU lean.

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  8. I know this won't be popular with the home town crowd, but Petrishen is not worth taking. He's not a good recruit. I've seen him in person, and on tv, and he's not worth taking. I hope PSU takes him off our hands. He definitely won't see the field next year so I'd rather see Narduzzi use that scholarship on a random DB from FL.

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    1. I wouldnt be upset if he chose pitt but i have to agree. Watching his film, he isnt very fast and doesnt appear to be that good of an athlete. That isnt the be all end all measure of a football player but even in comparison to guys like stocker and dane jackson his film just didnt impress me.

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  9. Per Kevin Given's twitter account, he's not so sure about Pitt anymore after Pitt landed two LBs who are significantly better. He was obviously headed for DE. Watch for him to flip.

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  10. Givens has got so bulked up I don't think he is fast enough to play LB in Duzz's defense.

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  11. They are not better and Givens has been consistent with his commitment. He will be better served with a coach who can coach defense.

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  12. Givens has a decision to make anyway imo. At his size, he can either be an impactful MLB or a rush end. He is the most ready of the LB's from a physical standpoint.

    Been saying since he was first offered that Petrishen is better suited for PSU. I take Stocker over Petrishen. When I first saw Petrishen, I almost compared him to Tom Flynn, but as I watched more, it just wasn't there....for me.

    Nard will want to keep Givens. The kid just needs some reassurances.

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  13. I like to know how a kid that no one had interest in is now a hot commodity. Make that two kids. The kid from central has me thinking he should run for office.just like the kid from Baldwin that some how is top 5 in state.i just don't get it.

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    1. Helps team QPA - Special teams?

      Clemmings struggled this week in pass protection drills. May cost first round status.

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  14. I think the 2 kids from wpial used pitt to get offers from penny state the TE and S.

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  15. Did it I dont know about Pitt or just "idk anymore" big difference

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