Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pitt Football 2015 Committments

ELITE LEVEL 

Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley HS (Monaca, PA) CB- Solidly built at 5'11" and 195 pounds, excellent speed, and topnotch quickness. One of the most electrifying players in the state. Could also play safety on defense, plus wide receiver, and return kicks and punts.  Other offers included Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.


SECOND LEVEL (excellent prospect)


Saleem Brightwell, Paramus Catholic HS (Paramus, NJ) LB- Athletic, speedy, and instinctive outside linebacker with great range and tackling ability. A solidly built 6'2" and 215 pounds with the frame to add more weight. Should do well in all aspects- against the rush, coverage, and pass rush. Other offers included Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, NC State, North Carolina, Iowa, Rutgers, Boston College, Duke, and Missouri.

Darrin Hall, Austintown Fitch HS (Youngstown, OH) RB- Sturdily built 6'0" 205 pounder with very good straight line speed. Mostly a between the tackles runner. Doesn't make people miss often. His style is to hit the hole fast and hard and then run like hell. More of a workhouse type than a game breaker. Other offers included West Virginia, Michigan State, Arkansas, Boston College, Louisville, Nebraska, Duke, Minnesota, and Kentucky. 

Quadree Henderson, Alexis I Dupont HS (Wilmington, DE) WR- Very small at 5'8" and 170 pounds, but he's a water bug type with blazing speed (10.8 100m) and elite level quickness. Game breaker who runs extremely well with the ball in his hands. Also could factor in as a kick returner. It will be interesting to see how Jim Chaney utilizes him in his offense. Other offers include West Virginia, Clemson, Nebraska, Rutgers, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Temple.

Anthony McKee, Marion-Franklin HS (Columbus, OH) LB- Not big at 6'2" and 195 pounds, and he's clearly skinny, but he has the frame to add a lot more weight. Despite size he's tough. Speed is his forte and he can really fly for a linebacker. Other offers include West Virginia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Kentucky, Rutgers, and Minnesota.


THIRD LEVEL (good/very good prospect)



Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland HS (Gibsonia, PA) QB- The Quad A state player of the year in PA, he has the size (6'3" 195), arm strength, athleticism, brains, and leadership to be very successful at the college level. Great mobility in the pocket. Great touch and a very accurate arm. Has some flaws in his delivery but they are correctable. Originally committed to Penn, but the Panthers flipped him late.

Allen Edwards, Dean JC (Franklin, MA) DE- Being a juco he is already a grown man and he's every bit of 6'4" and 235 pounds. Good quickness and strength. The Miami native has shown a high degree of success rushing off the edge at the junior college level.

Malik Henderson, Hallandale HS (Hallandale, FL) CB- Only about 175 pounds so he needs to add a lot of muscle, but at 6'1" he has great height. Very good speed and is a willing hitter. Aggressive at the line of scrimmage and appears to be an ideal fit in Pat Narduzzi's defense. Other offers included Arkansas and Indiana. 

Gentry Ivery, Mansfield Legacy HS (Mansfield, TX) WR- About as under the radar as you can get, but it's hard to explain why. Solidly built at 6'1" and 205 pounds, to go with good speed. Runs like a running back with the ball in his hands. Pitt was his only offer and it came very late. As I said, he was so far under the radar that he wasn't even on it. 

Dane Jackson, Quaker Valley HS (Leetsdale, PA) CB- A sleeper that got little recruiting attention but has the size, speed, and athleticism that Narduzzi can work with. Only 170 pounds so he needs to get bigger but at 6'0" he has excellent height for the position. Also an excellent basketball player and is one of the leading scorers in the WPIAL. 

Alex Paulina, Canon McMillan HS (Canonsburg, PA) C/OG- Raw, bull strong 6'4" 290 pounder with good feet and explosion. Played for an extremely unsuccessful team in his high school career but he still has been an all-star for the last three seasons. Has had concussion issues so that's something to look for down the road. Was brought in by the previous roster to play center but it's unknown as of now if the new staff will see him at center or guard. 

Tony Pilato, Hempfield Area HS (Greensburg, PA) OT- Great size at 6'7" and 290 pounds, but he has the frame to add another 30 or 40 pounds in his college career. Good basketball player so he has good feet. Other offers include West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Syracuse.

Jay Stocker, Coatesville Area HS (Coatesville, PA) S- Potential big play safety with very good speed and great range. Very good against both the run and the pass. Attacks the line of scrimmage like a missile and loves to hit despite slim 6'2" 185 pound frame. Other offers include West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, and Boston College.

Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge HS (Spring Church, PA) WR- A real sleeper with good length 6'1" and 175 pounds, to go with good speed and athleticism. Great hands. Runs extremely well after the catch. Needs to get stronger and add more muscle but he's a very good developmental prospect. High character. Only went to two major camps-Pitt and Michigan State- and got offers from both.


48 comments:

  1. When people talk about pitt needing a second option at wr behind boyd, Quadree Henderson is never mentioned. I suppose its because hes small but he has elite speed and quickness, as you mentioned, and had an impressive offer sheet.

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    1. He's too small to be a starter but he could be a big help in the slot in a 3 receiver set.

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    2. Does he remind you of Tevon Austin? I don't discredit him as a starter since his presence would always stretch the field. He could give Boyd some room right away.

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  2. So, Chris, would you call it a successful day given the transition and small numbers available for this class?? Also adding Peterman gives some much needed QB depth. Seems like a great day to me under the circumstances (despite all the gnashing of teeth over the couple late flips), but was interested in your thoughts.

    Thanks!

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    1. It's a successful day. With such a young team, a limited number of recruits, and only a month to recruit, I think the new staff did a really good job. It's a small class but they all have potential. Whitehead should be a star and I think players like Q.Henderson, Stocker, Brightwell, McKee, and Hall should be future starters. And they may have found their QB of the future in DiNucci. The team is better today than it was yesterday.

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  3. I know that quarterbacks often end up coming from strange places, but I have a hard time believing that DiNucci is a "very good" prospect, coming from the largest classification in PA, playing in the state championship game, and receiving offers from just Pitt and a few FCS teams. Of course there are the anomalies - Big Ben, Aaron Rodgers, that have been under the radar guys in college (Ben only played one year and Rodgers was about 5'9" coming out of high school and played Juco football - neither caveat applicable to Ben Dinucci though) however, suggesting he turns out like one of them is a little nuts... Just think this whole things looks awfully optmistic. Hopefully though, I'm wrong.

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    1. You better believe it because it's true. The ESPN recruiting writers, including former Georgia Tech QB Tom Luginbill, said they couldn't believe that people weren't all over him and rated him the No. 10 player in PA.

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    2. Well I don't think you can call it true or not true, being as it's an opinion. I haven't seen enough of DiNucci to formulate empirical decision, just one based off of the information I have around me. I could end up being true, it could end up being not true.

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    3. If his senior season stats happened as a junior I bet he would have been a borderline 4 star recruit with a ton of offers and/or interest. I think he was under-recruited because he had pedestrian numbers last year, not worthy of big-time attention at a non-powerhouse program. By the time his numbers and play exploded, teams were already locked on certain QB prospects and then the Penn thing happened so teams just walked away.
      The thing is, if you look at his stats as a junior they were good and indicated he had potential, he just built on them big-time this year so he isn't a 1-hit wonder. He was solid as a junior, not spectacular. pghfan1992

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    4. That's just like.......your opinion man. lol

      Assuming it's Voytik for the next two years (Unless somehow Adam Bertke blows-away Jim Chaney and is the next Matt Ryan / Connor Cook) Pitt is hopefully going to un-earth a real "diamond-in-the-rough" at QB between Bertke / DiNucci / (a miracle walk-on lol) / or a new incoming QB.

      Who would have thought some not particularly agile, 2-3 * QB with barely any D-1 offers from Seton La-Salle HS (not very good at the time I believe) named Bill Stull would turn out to be Pitt's biggest winner, and lead Pitt to it's first 10 win season in 30 years?

      And to reiterate how good Stull turned-out to be, the team the next year was even more talented with almost everyone back ---- and a 3-4 *, high-pedigree, highly-recruited QB (let's not evoke his name, lol) drags the whole ship down.

      The *It* factor is the only thing that matters for QB's ---- even looking at Stars / # ratings does not correlate to which QB will be a winner.

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    5. @Anon 2:55PM - I don't think "the Penn thing" happening scared anyone away...his other offers were the likes of New Mexico...reasonable to turn down a scholarship when you're from an affluent family and receiving an education like Penn. However, when a school like Pitt came along (excellent academic reputation, especially if DiNucci forsees himself pursuing an outside of football career in the region), thats why he backed off Penn...don't be silly, no one backed off because he "committed" to Penn...

      @Anon 3:10PM - My opinion that he's not a "very good" prospect is not just MY opinion. There's an offer sheet lacking other even half decent offers to prove that it wasn't JUST my opinion.

      Look, I have no problem with the offer at all. In fact, I think it makes great sense. I'm not saying he can't turn into something great even. Who knows - no one. But who knows

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    6. When you come from a HS that doesn't produce D1 talent and have an average Junior year, it is harder to break through. DiNucci really didn't look like a good producing QB until October of his Sr year. We and Pitt had the gift of hindsight. It was only after he completed his senior year that his numbers were "wow" worthy. It's called being a late bloomer, and it really does happen.

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    7. Which is why he isn't a very good prospect. A very good prospect, to me, is someone that has a more proven track record, has universal (except from maybe the most elite fball schools) interest, and isn't a late bloomer. I can see it now - if DiNucci never gets playing time while at Pitt, no one will look at it as a bust, even though we're calling him a very good prospect. Everyone however, will call it genius if he does. Am I the only Pitt fan that doesn't act like a kid in a candy shop every year, only to be disappointed with the results? Everyone will bitch and moan about how mediocre the program is, but come the new year, we just recruited (in the blind fan's eyes) 12 future HOF's.

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    8. Saying somebody is a very good prospect just means he has the traits to succeed. And he does. Saying he has the traits to succeed is very different than saying he's going to the Hall of Fame, or will even use those traits to be a good college player.

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    9. Really you think Bill Stull was a good qb, yes better than tina, but who wasn't. Stull was awful!

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  4. If Pitt can get Damar Hamlin to stay home next year our CBs are set. That would be two elite guys and also have the effect of other players seeing that top talent choose Pitt over many other top P5 schools.

    Will be interesting to see how Whitehead acclimates and pushes for a CB spot. My guess is he starts at nickel then if Pitts is as bad - or even average - as he's been the past two seasons then he sits and JW starts at CB.

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    1. Dokish is the expert, but I see very little chance of Hamlin coming to Pitt. He is a heavy PSU lean by all accounts and doesn't have Pitt on his top 4. PSU, OSU, ND and Michigan.

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  5. Chris,
    Do you know why Shawn Curtis flipped to Mississippi? He seemed like a diamond in the rough. Rivals has him listed as committing to Ole Miss on January 21st, but he had been listed as a Pitt commit until today. Something strange happen there?

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    1. Ole Miss just offered him late. He's a Florida kid and they're an SEC school so Pitt couldn't do much with that one.

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    2. Curtis was the only flip that disappointed me. I think he would have been a real good player in Narduzzi's defense. Bowers - who cares. Givens did not seem to me to fit what Narduzzi is looking for on defense, and with his recently rumored brushes with the law, not sad to see him go. Curtis though would have been a nice addition

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    3. Bowers wasn't a loss at all. I know everyone wants to focus on him and Givens being WPIAL kids, but in all honestly the only reason Scumbag Franklin went after them was because they were WPIAL kids with his dominate the state crap.

      Bowers probably wasn't going to see the field for at least two years at Pitt, and while Givens is athletic, he wouldn't see the field for at least two years as well. As you and I stated in a previous thread, Pitt doesn't need to focus on this keeping WPA kids home garbage unless they're really a kid that fits a need in the program. They got that in Whithead, Bowers can go major in Forestry at Pedophile state and pretend to talk to Yogi Bear for all the relevance he'll ever have again.

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  6. Overall I think it was a good day. When Narduzzi and co. got off to a quick start, I thought it had the chance to be a very special class. Unfortunately, late flips of Bowers, Givens and Curtis makes it a bit harder to swallow. Getting Whitehead was absolutely and the best defensive prospect we've had since Revis.

    Chris, PSU absolutely killed Pitt with their in-state recruiting. Do you anticipate the pendulum evening out a bit with Narduzzi and co getting a full year in?

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    1. Definitely. I don't think Pitt will beat them in the state because PSU is the big program right on the middle of the state, but Pitt will do well locally and will do better in the state.

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    2. PSU will always will be around big-time. Football is literally The Identity of a 45,000+ undergrad school, and whether anyone there will admit it or not, State College as a whole relies on Football.

      ------ Football quite literally the only thing that separates PSU from the other PA State Schools - CAL U, IUP, etc. ---- PSU fans / alums will never let football die.

      That being said, Pitt is the opposite, and some like it and some don't. Some Pitt fans seem to lament not being "the only show in town", and having to compete with so much in a brimming-city. I like it personally, because I think it's a huge asset with certain players (Literally, come be an "Intern-Steeler" !)

      ---- Narduzzi (with Chancellor Gallagher having his back, no doubt) will start to crush Ohio, Maryland + D.C., New Jersey, and get the PA kids who want to be at Pitt.

      ---If Narduzzi even gets first dibs on Ohio kids OSU overlooks (i.e. Anthony Mckee this year, Le'veon Bell at MSU), Maryland + D.C. kids the top SEC / other ACC schools haven't yet gotten, and then gets a few I-A Jersey kids (and even go toe-to-toe with PSU in PA), that's all the talent we will ever need to compete at top levels.

      Excited to see Narduzzi and the "Duzettes" recruit like mad-men starting now. I don't care about where we "rank" next year ---- but I want to see them going out and getting guys the believe in, and getting depth and quality-numbers. I think next year's class is 22-26 players, around 4 4*'s, 15 3*s, and 4-5 2*'s who the coaches think are under-appreciated talents.

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    3. Pitt needs to go back to the recruiting model they had in the late 70's and early 80's, meaning they took the kids they wanted to take out of WPA but they also recruited extensively in eastern Ohio, NJ and southern states. That goes to the connections that Majors and Sherrill had at the time, but Duzz seems to be following a similar path.


      Slimeball Franklin can try to "dominate the state" all he wants to, but when there is all of one kid (Whitehead) rated in the top 100 in the entire state he's not making his program appreciably better. Duzz will pull down better classes than PC just based on the simple fact that he's willing to be aggressive in recruiting instead of "just offering".

      Let's face it, a 2-3 star kid out of Florida is more than likely better than a four star kid in PA. Wannstedt tried to win having WPIAL all star recruiting classes, didn't work out to well.

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    4. No need to beat PSU in the state. Too many kids in the middle of the state are brainwashed. Pitt needs to beat PSU in the WPIAL, do well in Ohio, NJ, MD/DC and pick up some players in Florida. A good typical class could be

      4 Wpial kids
      1 -2 other PA kids
      4 Ohio kids
      2-3 NJ kids
      1-2 Md/DC kids
      3-4 Florida kids
      1-3 from elsewhere

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    5. You mean State College as a "hole" relies on...

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    6. Have to agree with you PittMav, and let's face it, other than the occasional good crop of kids, the WPIAL and really the state as a whole do not produce that many quality P5 athletes anymore. As to why, that's been debated for years, but realistically, the mindset of you have build a fence around the WPIAL or dominate the state is not going to improve your program in any appreciable way.

      Look at the program that Duzz came from; was MSU dominating Michigan/Ohio? Not at all, they were getting players from a wide spectrum of states, and that's what you have to do to become a competitve P5 program.

      Mike W.

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    7. I agree with what people above are saying. I also think we're going to be a big shift in where our recruits come from. We'll start to take advantage of the ACC footprint + TX more than before. I think we'll see 8 PA kids in a class of 20. Tops. 4-6 from OH/NJ 6-8 from FL/GA/NC/VA/TX each year.

      Also no chance we take 22-26 next year. There are only 11 seniors. Boyd and Conner will go pro. If they're lucky they clear out 7 more. 17-20 is what it'll be.

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    8. Interesting post:

      http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=141&f=2455&t=13629975

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  7. Dane Jackson seems to have as much or more athleticism and speed than almost anyone in this class which is saying a lot. He played at QV and took a team that had been horrible for years and completely turned them around. And his basketball skills, wow. Where will he end up playing at Pitt? I could see him as a stand-out corner but Pitt is now deep there. pghfan1992.

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  8. Chris:

    What do you make of the Gattis tweet where he talks about Pitt coaches lying, etc. What is that all about?

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    1. PSU lying about Pitt. That's it. The nitwits are trash.

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  9. Chris, with 15 commitments today, how many scholarship players does Pitt have today?

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    1. 86ish... so 1 over the 85 limit.

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    2. Does your count include Cook and MacLean's transfers along with Trey Anderson's graduation?

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    3. Yes.
      Right now at 85. Just read about Jones not returning.

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  10. Has anyone figured out what the Pat Signal from Saturday was about? No one was ever announced in the hours afterward, and nothing new today.

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  11. Somebody should tell coach that there's a cult in Pennsylvania and everybody east of Somerset goes to Penn State

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    1. Like Jared Jones-Smith & Pat Amara?

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  12. This whole Pitt-PSU coaches twitter, verbal barage is really classless and childish by both Pitt and PSU coaching staffs.
    Smack talk is for the athletes at the playground not adult coaches.
    Grow UP!

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    1. It's called a rivalry. We are going to say mean things about each other. Go play chess.

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    2. Players... yes.
      Coaches... Get a grip. C'mon man.

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  13. Peterman looks REALLY Good on Paper and on Tape.

    Has a Great Throwing Motion… and is MOBILE.

    But there must be something missing. He elected to leave Tennessee rather than stick it out and continue to compete for the Starting Job.

    One thing for sure. Peterman got the idea in his Head that he comes to Pitt he stands a REALLY good chance of PLAYING... and Chaney and Narduzzi obviously have done nothing to dissuade him.

    It’s getting a bit complicated… but my money still on Bertke for the Long Term.

    Guessing this comes as no surprise.

    PittofDreams

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    1. Bertke must have pictures of you.

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    2. I like Bertke and he doesn't have any pictures of me. I do think that if he doesn't get a true opportunity to compete this year, that he will leave ala Myers.

      I respect Myers decision to leave because internally, he knew he could play and wanted to play, albeit at a lower level. But the point is that some of these kids want to play anywhere, instead of carrying a clipboard and not playing somewhere. I am okay with that for sure. They are kids and they want to play. Perhaps Bertke shows his skills to a fresh set of eyes and perhaps he doesn't and moves on.

      So my compliance question is whether Peterman can leave Pitt after next season and still not be penalized because he graduated already.

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