Sunday, March 22, 2015

Narduzzi gets No. 2

Pat Narduzzi gets his second commitment as 6'5" 300 pound Upper St. Clair offensive lineman Brandon Ford pledged to the Panthers today. Ford is a little underrated right now, and is generally considered around No. 25 in the state. Other offers were from Maryland, Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green, and Buffalo. Very similar in ability to Hempfield's Tony Pilatro who committed to the Panthers in the 2015 class.

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  1. I've read a lot on message boards about how these suburban kids are soft. I'm not hearing that for this kid. Must be a new breed coming from the hills of western PA.

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  2. Not sure where you are getting your info but he is soft. He has all the size and athleticism you would want but according to many that know him well he hasn't dominated like many expect he would. In many ways I have heard he plays like Sterling Jenkins

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    1. Who are your sources that say he's soft? It's so easy to post that on a message board without any attribution.

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    2. I fully acknowledge that my post is anonymous. For obvious reasons I can't say how I know this information. My mentioning names would probably be as inappropriate as sharing something anonymous about a high school kid.

      My point in posting was to refute a comment that was also made by an anonymous poster. This is a great kid from a great family. He is hardworking and, as pointed out, has the raw material to be a great player. My only point was that some very close to his football career up to this point question why he hasn't been able to translate his physical supremacy into dominance at ANY level that he has played. I wish him well and for both personal reasons and the fact the he will be playing at Pitt, I hope he realizes his awesome potential.

      Another tidbit, I hear many say that he would flip to Penn State if offered. For what it is worth I have heard directly that he dislikes the PSU coaching staff and doesn't find them to be genuine. Take that for what it is worth as they haven't offered.

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    3. It's hard to take a post seriously with vague references to "some very close to his football career", and "I hear many say".

      If that's all you've got, I take what's written with a healthy dose of skepticism.



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    4. You are anonymous 11:50 with out a doubt a loser.! Do yourself a favor and move on

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    5. Please tell me what I said that was so horrid. I, like many people in the internet era, posted something anonymously.

      I know this kid. I know this kids family. As stated previously I want nothing more than for Brandon to realize his awesome potential. That would be great for him and great for Pitt.

      You should take everything said on the internet with a grain of salt, but I didn't slander the the kid, far from it. An earlier poster said he was tough, I merely was pointing out that some that know him well don't share that opinion.

      James Connor, unless that is your real name, you are no better than any of the other anonymous fools (myself included) that post here or anywhere else.

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    6. Anonymous my name is James Conner that's ER this kid hasn't even developed yet so now you are an expert because you know it's family. Everything you said was wrong but then again it was only your opinion. Have a good anonymous night

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    7. Anon@ 8:14...first, when you defame someone or communicate false information about someone in writing, it's libel, not slander.

      The problem with making statements that "you know his family", or that "you've heard from people", is that there's no possible way to corroborate that. I could write that I know his family, or that I've heard people say certain things about him, but without any way to verify it, it makes the statements virtually meaningless.

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    8. Anon 5:21.
      Nothing that poster posted is libel or defamatory.
      Opinion is not defamation or libel.
      Also, communicating false information is not defamation or libel. It has to be "knowingly" false and that is only 1 of the prongs.
      So, if you want to play lawyer, at least understand the law and case law.

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    9. Anon@ 3:55..... I didn't claim that he slandered anyone. He brought up the issue of slander; I was just making the point that if you do so in writing, it's libel not slander. You can't slander someone in writing.

      I didn't claim that opinion was libelous or slanderous. Yes, knowingly communication false information is defamatory, but there are other standards as well.

      If one acted with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of a statement in making the statement, or acted negligently in failing to ascertain whether the statement was true or false before making it can be held as defamatory.

      A public figure would need to prove intent, while a private person needs to meet a lower bar, such as what's written above.

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    10. should be "knowingly communicating"

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  3. Agree with 9:52pm anonymous. He is a nice kid that needs to learn how to turn on the motor and beat his guy, plus one EVERY snap. It is not good enough to beat your man 2 out of three times in high school. Wanna be a 4 star? Beat your opponent to a pulp. After the game you can be nice.

    Football is a simple game. The ones with a non-stop motor during the game, go to the next level. Nice guys who want to run interference instead of physically beating your opponent are a dime a dozen. That said, you can't teach his size. If only his attitude matched his size. Let's give him some time in that regard. Only he can make the commitment to be great. He can be good and be a backup or, commit to being great and squash your opponent. The feeling after you squash them is unbelievable. He needs coached up mentally, not physically. The physical will come. Now go jump rope every day to improve your footwork. A panther in high school and a panther in college. Go work harder than ever big fella!

    This may sound a little crazy, but he reminds me of Kurt Brechbill, also from upper st. clair. He was too nice on the field mentally, but physically he was a giant!

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    1. You're describing 95% of the junior OL that ever played. Big high school OL aren't tested much. Schools just look for the raw material.

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    2. First the kid only play three games last year because of mono and it's not like he's coming in as a four or five star he's a two star but he's a big kid give him a break. You are judging him on what three games as a junior and playing as a sophomore. You sure you guys aren't from Penn State.

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  4. It cracks me up when I see someone write "needs" instead of "needs to be". Im no grammar police and Im not judging, but that is one of the most common, and overlooked yinzerisms there is. I dont know why its funny to me but I see it every day. I know someone is from WPa when I see it. Its like a grammatical terrible towel.

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    1. If Shakespeare was from Pittsburgh, his most famous line would be: "Or not"

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    2. Hey biggcliff! You're also not the spelling police. You butchered "I'm" and "don't." LOL

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  5. What is up with hamlins picture? Commitment coming?

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  6. I saw Hamlin working out with Dravon Henry and Ricky Rogers yesterday, is he thinking about going to WVU

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    1. Haha I don't know if this is true or not (the working out part) but if it is, there is likely no correlation to Hamlin's decision. However, if Hamlin is seriously considering WVU, I'm not sure he has what it takes mentally to play at OSU, PSU or Pitt, for various reasons. At OSU, he would play for a coach with multiple national championships (one of which he just won), and will likely win more in the future. At PSU, he works with a great defense. At Pitt, he works with a coach who has turned 2-star cornerbacks in to 1st round draft picks, and it's his hometown school. Reasons abound to go to those three schools. No reason other than "wanna hang with my buddies" to go to WVU.

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  7. I have a question in an opinion. Schemes from one coach to the other seem to not really very that much I don't see the schemes of the new staff be in that much different than the old staff. That being said I feel the old staff didn't show the emotion that especially college football needs to sustain in games and I think that hurt them a lot of times in games last year. Like coach said a motion is part of the game agree or disagree .

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  8. Basically Narduzzi has almost everything in his backyard to make Pitts defense elite in a short period of time. Donovan Jeter, CJ Thorpe, David Adams,Lamont Wade, Paris Ford, Damar Hamlin, Mark and Zach Gilber(might as well be living in Pittsburgh), Therran Coleman, Khaleke Hudson, Rashad Wheeler.....sprinkle in some pass rushers from florida and a middle linebacker or two from ohio and in 4 years everyone is talking about how great this defense is.

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    1. What makes you think an All-Star Wpial team can compete in the ACC?

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    2. Their collective rivals rankings for starters.

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  9. Please don't crown Coach PN king until we at least get a season under his belt. This isn't The Ohio State job where all the pieces were in place and Urban Meyer came and coached them to an undefeated season. Ohio State consistently gets no less than a top 15 class. Michigan State also consistently out recruits Pitt, not just out coaches them. So let's get our recruiting in the right direction first.

    The 17-0 New England Patriots, The 91 UNLV basketball team, the 2005 USC football team, and the 2002 Miami team are all examples of teams that were tabbed as the best before they won the Big game. Let's not put this coach in that awkward position that those teams were in and put the pressure that the media did to the teams I mentioned because when you constantly hear that you're the best and you haven't proved it, you get complacent and really start to believe it instead of staying focused and hungry to always play like and underdog who always has something to prove.

    For now, let's keep our underdog status folks and shock the world instead of claiming to be the next best thing.

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    1. I agree. We still have to wait and see with this coaching staff. Already two eyebrow raisers for me:

      1. Why did Chaney clash with his head coach at Arkansas? The Razorbacks had two 1,000-yard rushers and Chaney wanted to throw more? I don’t like that.
      2. Why is JJ-Smith on the right side? Dude is the prototype left tackle and Biz might be better for the right side.

      And being from Youngstown I probably want Narduzzi to succeed more than most Pitt fans so I’m not calling for his head as some Yinzers might think that I am.

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    2. Bielema wants to run, run, and run some more. Chaney wants it more balanced just like Pitt and almost everybody else wants. As for the tackles if it doesn't work they can change it up. These seem like trivial concerns, to be honest.

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    3. Jerry, what you're seeing is not crowning Coach Duzz king, but rather a great deal of optimism due to his and his staff's energy and passion.

      Obviously we need to see how things pan out, but I think it's reasonable to be optimistic about the future of Pitt football.

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