Thursday, March 26, 2015

No. 3 for Narduzizi is a QB

Pat Narduzzi's first recruiting class continues to impress early, and now he has a quarterback to add to the mix. Thomas MacVittie of legendary football power Cincinnati Moeller committed to the Panthers this morning. MacVittie has great 6'4" 205 pound size to go with an excellent arm. At a place like Moeller you have to wait your turn so MacVittie had to wait his turn to the be the starter until this season, but he showed his great athleticism as a junior by playing wide receiver. An excellent runner, some speculate that he can run in the 4.5s.  

MacVittie's high school, as well as many football observers in Ohio, expect him to explode with a huge season this year. But I expect him to stay solid with the Panthers. His private quarterback teacher is friends with Panthers offensive coordinator John Chaney, and MacVittie brought his family to visit Pitt this morning so that everybody was comfortable with the commitment. 

35 comments:

  1. Don't understand.
    So, his "junior" year he was a WR??
    Meaning, he has yet to play QB or only plays QB in mop up time?

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    1. At football factories like Moeller you wait your turn at QB so he played WR last year and completed 8-9 passes for 2 TDs when he got called on to be the QB.

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    2. Quips are a football factory and typically the QB's are 2 year starters on varsity. Can't recall the last 1yr only QB at Quippa.

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    3. Aliquippa never has college QBs. You're trying hard self-loather.

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    4. Awesome --- like a High School version of Ryan Tannehill!!!

      Talk about re-stocking the QB postion:

      Chad Voytik - RS Senior (hahaha unless he kills it this year and declares for the NFL, no one would complain!)

      Nathan Peterman - RS Senior

      Adam Bertke - RS Sophomore

      Ben DiNucci - RS Freshman

      Hopefully with a few really capable young guys to add-into the mix.

      Since many want to use Michigan State as a benchmark for Pitt improving, let's note two players who were HUGE for MSU's success: 3 years with Kirk Cousins (2 star, local Michigan kid (cough, DiNucci, anyone??) and 3 10 wins seasons) --- Now, two years with Connor Cook (2 star Ohio Kid, never even offered by Pitt) and a Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl win his two years.

      If we can even just get Voytik to really level-up, and then another young guy Really grabs the reigns after him....wooo--weee!

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  2. I love the pick up. It will be interesting to see how well he does this fall to silence the critics or fuel the fire. You sign him on potential. I am sure he has been to QB camps that the coaches saw his upside

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    1. All QBs are taken on potential. That's what some people aren't getting.

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    2. anon - you're a dope.

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  3. Wasn't Big Ben a receiver as a high school junior?

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    1. Yep, until his senior year because the coaches son was playing QB. Sound familiar?

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  4. It is nice to see that they are getting players from areas, and these type of schools, that they should have been recruiting for years.

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  5. I see that Tommy Tubbevrille offered him. That may mean something.

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  6. Read the bio on Barry Sanders. You may be shocked at his high school playing time!!

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  7. Alright you see all the things going on with Hamlin....tweeting love for Pittsburgh, visiting practice twice this week and it prompts a few questions.

    First and the least important. 247 does their predictions. How is it that with these things happen that not even the Pitt guys for 247 are jumping on and predicting he comes to Pitt? Obviously it means very little, look at Whitehead last year, just a little funny that with all the goings on with the kid that no one is predicting him to go to Pitt.

    Now of actual importance, if we would get him....would he fit better at safety or cornerback? Is it possible to fit butler, gilbert coleman and Hamlin into this class and then Wade and ford into next? That would be pretty sick depth in the backfield.

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    1. Lol I think Jordan Whitehead just has to be a corner.

      As infatuated as many NFL-guys have become with Richard Sherman-type corners who are a legit 6 foot +, if you watch Whitehead's tape, he seems about 5'10'' and maybe 170 pounds at the moment.

      But he has agility for weeks and he jams like a Man already.

      With Stocker, Amara, and Webb (especially with Stocker and Amara being bigger-guys who don't have Whitehead's fast-twitch) I think Pitt will have one NFL-quality player emerging in the outfield back there.

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  8. He will be a safety/cornerback per Cincy Enquirer.

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  9. For the last six years.pitt Had no quarterback depth at all. In a manner of three months they have four scholarship quarterbacks a fifth coming in next year in 2 to 3 Walk on's. That my friends is building a program we all know the number one position is quarterback. H2p

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    1. It is ironic that a head coach known mainly for defense seems to better at recruiting QBs than Coach Chryst, whose claim to fame is grooming QBs. Go figure.

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  10. Just how good of a season is this kid going to have? I don't think his talent is the issue. I think the hardest thing is will he stay committed. He's got urban meyer QB written all over him. My god do i hope he stays here.

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    1. I wouldn't worry. Ohio State can pick and choose among 5-star QBs. The chances that they will specifically want MacVittie isn't good. Plus he has no ties and has expressed no love for them.

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  11. It's shocking that so many commenting here clearly haven't take the (slightest) initiative to google Thomas MacVittie and watch his highlight tape. It's literally the first thing to come up in a search:

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1825013/highlights/187463375/v2

    Those are his Junior Year highlights, when he wasn't even a starting QB. Dude his huge (6-4 + , already looks like he's 200 lbs.), he runs like a gazelle no lion will ever catch (FAST -- and he's trucking High School kids) and if you know how to sling a football you can see this kid has a monster arm. His throws zip 20 yards like they're on a wire.

    These conversations on this thread are crazy --- WATCH his tape (only 5 minutes) and stop knee-jerking: "who else offered him?" / "But he didn't even play QB yet?" / etc.

    This kid may be a 5 star recruit by the end of his Senior Year, but as of now Narduzzi and Chaney have gotten him on board.

    Now Let's have a monster year (and by "Monster" I mean 8 + wins haha) and seal the deal with MacVittie: He will be impossible to keep off the field his freshman year.

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    1. One thing to take into consideration is that this staff approaches recruiting much differently than the previous staff. They do not "just offer", they're aggressive and when they make an offer, you either accept or they move on. They also expect the kid to honor that commitment, if the kid starts wavering, they move on as well.

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  12. Chris,

    Outstanding explanation for what ails Pitt basketball. The Post Gazette and Tribune Review simply don't dig as deeply as you do.

    I agree with you that next year's team will be very good. Simply because it will be an experienced team. This year's team was one Durand Johnson from being in the NCAA. They would have won at least five extra games if they had had someone who could have added at least 6 points per game. Johnson could have been their Lamar Patterson.

    I will be looking forward to your future blogs. Thanks.

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  13. Chis why do you put up with those nitwit? I check out your tweets and they are for a better word assholes.tweets from high school kids can mean anything. Until the kids commit they say everything to make that team happy that they just went to .what matter is how the ones you get develop .........

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    1. I didn't know he was a PSU fan at first until he started getting rude. And I never even mentioned Jeter or PSU so I was confused about what he was getting at.

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  14. I would prefer to use my name, but I have no idea what URL this blog requires. Only "Anonymous" works.

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    1. You don't need to enter a URL. Just type your name and leave the URL space blank.

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  15. I just wonder! How many kids that are four and five stars that play for Ohio State Alabama that never see the Field?

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    1. I know of one, played for Central valley a few years ago and at the last minute picked the Tide over Pitt. Think he maybe has four carer catches while Boyd, as long as he's productive this year, will go in next year's draft.

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    2. Foster just caught a huge break yesterday. He was the number 4 receiver behind a junior, a sophomore and a RSFresh. The Junior receiver allegedly tore his ACL in yesterday's practice. Should open the door for Foster this spring but he better hurry. They have a RSFresh and a true Fresh 4 and 5 star that will push him from the start of fall.

      ACL, depending on severity of damage will take at least 6-7 months. Again depends on what they find when they open it up.

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    3. That's Foster's problem. he went to a program that brings in 4 and 5 star WR's every year. He's in his third year in the rpogram, if he doesn't step up this year, he's buried until his eligibility is gone.

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    4. Remember could be that Foster is not that great. Busts happen all the time.

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    5. My initial gut reaction when Foster chose 'Bama was that he was making a big mistake. I felt he'd get much more playing time at Pitt, and much sooner.

      I hope things work out for the kid, but I wonder if he looks back with any regrets about his choice. I'd rather be on the field at Pitt than riding the pine at 'Bama

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  16. No need to wonder JC. Just look at the kids that get churned out once they are deemed unable to break the two deep. They typically find themselves struggling academically or getting into trouble off the field and then they transfer out and down a division.

    Parents should never let their kids commit to a school without reviewing the two deep. Seriously, OSU has like 6 or 7 scholarship qb's. Somebody needs to sit. If you are a 4 or 5 star, why go there? Had there not been 2 catastrophic qb injuries at osu, we would never have heard about cardale jones and he would have received a degree and never had a chance in the nfl. Sorry. Kids need to see the field, early.

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