Monday, April 27, 2015

Narduzzi adds a big time transfer

The Pat Narduzzi era continues to shine bright with the news that Tennessee transfer Dewayne Hendrix will transfer to Pitt.  The 6'4" 257 pound defensive end was an elite recruit that lettered as a freshman at Tennessee.  Coming out of high school Hendrix's offers, besides Tennessee, included Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida, Kansas State, Missouri, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and USC. He will have to sit out this year, but then will have three years to play three years. Needless to say, he is the early favorite to start at either defensive end or defensive tackle in the 2016 season. He is currently listed as 6'4" and 275 pounds and he's a native of O'Fallon, IL.

35 comments:

  1. Has there always been such a hot transfer market, just not much focus, or did something change to make this near "free agent" season happen?

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  2. So this staff seems to recruit everywhere. I know the local kids are important but this staff finds talent anywhere and goes after it. Might not always get it but seems this staff is letting it be know it will not be outworked

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  3. Narduzzi already knew about Hendrix -- he offered him when PN was still at MSU 2 years ago -- huge pick up.

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  4. Alright.... seems to be a lot of excitement buzzing again. Hendrix is in, Mcvittie seems to be gaining lots of accolades. Butler might transfer and the rumors about the WPIAL kids are swirling. They seem to all want to play together so it could be an all or most or nothing for Pitt. Ill throw out some names and you tell me on a scale from 1-10 how likely you think it is they end up at Pitt. 1 being give up on them... 10 being suit em up in script.
    2016
    Miles Sanders
    Damar Hamlin
    Kaezon Pugh
    Aaron Matthews
    Khaleke Hudson
    Anthony Long
    Kobay White
    Therran Coleman
    Quayshaun Alexander

    2017
    David Adams(is Harley the recruiter?)
    Lamont Wade
    Paris Ford
    Donavan Jeter
    Joshua Lugg

    I will take your comments off the air.

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    1. where's Rashad Wheeler?

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    2. How about you tell us?

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    3. 2016
      Sanders 2
      Hamlin 8
      Pugh 3
      Matthews 8
      Hudson 6
      Long 8
      White 5
      Coleman 5
      Alexander 4
      Wheeler 2

      2017
      Adams 2
      Wade 4
      Ford 5
      Jeter 5
      Lugg 9

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    4. I don't think any are below a 7 because Pitt has a legit chance at any of them. And I can't go 10 because there's no sure thing. So for that reason I will go 7-9. 7 is Pitt is not the favorite or it's too early to tell. 8 is at least a 50% chance, and 9 is Pitt is the favorite.

      Miles Sanders 7
      Damar Hamlin 8
      Kaezon Pugh 9 (if he has the grades)
      Aaron Matthews 9
      Khaleke Hudson 7
      Anthony Long 7
      Kobay White 7
      Therran Coleman 8
      Quayshaun Alexander 7
      Rashad Wheeler 8

      2017
      David Adams(is Harley the recruiter?) 7
      Lamont Wade 7
      Paris Ford 8
      Donavan Jeter 8
      Joshua Lugg 9

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    5. I like Chris' list better...with the energy and enthusiasm the staff is bringing to recruiting, I think Coach Duzz and the assistants have created a buzz that will have a lot of kids considering Pitt that wouldn't have previously.

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    6. What about Hainsey & Thorpe?

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  5. Hendrix is a huge pick up at a position of extreme need. This staff continues to back up their recruiting talk with results!
    I think that he will play exclusively at the DE position though since his aspirations were to be utilized as an outside defensive rusher when he was considering a transfer to another school to pursue those aspirations.

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  6. This staff continues to back up their recruiting talk with actual results.

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  7. It bugs me when players flip commitments at the last minute, but I still think players who transfer should be eligible to play immediately. Hell, coaches are required to adhere to their contracts so why should the players. Also, what is the exact literature on why players must sit out a year?

    Great pick up. I think the player I am most excited about is this QB coming in next year. Looks like Narduzzi put an early offer in and this kid is about to explode.

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  8. What's the word on the graduate DT transfer and JUCO WR? Just filling out roster depth or might they compete for some playing time?

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    1. Hard to say with the WR but the DT will probably be in the mix.

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    2. I think Scarpinato would have had a pretty decent season last year and be a real get this year if he had, its hard to know what his football activity level was while studying to be a dr. On the plus side he should know the system and any changes he will be smart enough to pick up quickly.

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  9. The one thing that isn't getting talked about much is how this staff left scholarships on the table instead of maxing out their first recruiting class. Now, we can see why they left themselves some wiggle room with the roster. With spring practices out of the way, they've identified positions of need and are filling them with transfers. I think it's a really smart strategy. Just like most of you I was a bit disappointed because I love the big classes. Can't wait to see how this 2016 class shapes up.

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  10. They weren't ready from a staff and recruiting perspective to be in on a number of high level recruits. They still did well as has been discussed. We know Anthony Long wants to be a panther and as soon as his grades hit in the next few weeks we should know a little more with certainty, right?

    Pugh is probably in the same boat and if the rumors of an all in on wpial kids is truebecause of the strength of the coaching staff and not the smooth operators out east, than we might have something. It takes a leader in the ranks to pull this off. Hamlin could be his own man and blaze a trail to hamlinisland at Pitt.

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  11. Chris 1st as a follower, it's great to see you back on twitter.

    You think Sanders will flip huh? :) With this incredible staff, so do I.

    "Dominate the state" huh Franklin? Well hell yeah going against Paul Chryst.

    You better up your game against this Pitt staff. Your schtick won't hold up to these Pitt boys.

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    1. Zatiti, I agree; I'm glad Chris is tweeting again also. A good source of entertainment and information. Keep it up Chris.

      It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Sanders flips to Pitt. Coach Duzz and staff are aggressive and energized on the recruiting trail. If they can translate that into on-field success, this program could really be something to watch.

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  12. What a great time to build a team out of the wpial. Already a close nit group who is very talented. Sanders, hamlin, Hudson, Pugh, matthews, wade, ford, lugg, jeter just to start it off. sprinkle in some Florida kids with a dash of nj and you have a pretty legit football team if these guys can coach half as well as they hustLe.

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  13. Not a tweeter person but I follow you Chris thanks you keep me informed

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  14. I also love the hype this new staff is producing before they have even coached a down for Pitt in an actual game. My biggest concern is the SOP gremlin. Does he manage to completely derail this early momentum by Pitt screwing up one of their first 3 games. IMO, the harsh reality settles in that Pitt is still just Pitt, if by the end of September the Panthers are anything less than 3-0. And if they have lost one of those first three games, then it better be against the Hawkeyes!
    Now on the other hand, a 3-0 start gets this team really believing that the Nard Dog staff is for real and once 100% bought in to that notion, all of a sudden, we got our selves a legit football team.

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    1. I have a really hard time believing that this hard working staff wont get every ounce out of this team. I would be thrilled to death with a team that just played up to their potential. They aren't the most talented team in the ACC. Its ok if they take ND's best shot and lose. It's ok if Miami lives up to their potential and Pitt just can't match them ability wise. I just don't want to see a team go up against the Zips and not start playing until the second half. Or have the chance to step on the throat of Cuse and not do it. If we can't stop Georgia Tech on offense, I can live with it, but not if we are sitting back not making adjustments and expecting a different result.

      This team might end up 7-5 and if they play hard sound football every game, people will think it is a step in the right direction.

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  15. This new staff will have carved out a new attitude by game #1.

    The SOP gremlin will not rear its ugly head this season - its dead and buried.

    I love this hire - thank you Barry Alvarez.

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  16. Pitt gets the JUCO slot receiver. He seemed to be a hot commodity the last couple of weeks.

    Also, recent rumor is that Gibbs is going to UConn.

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    1. RaRa Lopes and Quadree Henderson seem to have that slot position covered now.

      The word is that the leading candidate for Gibbs is Ohio State - a perfect situation for him apparently.

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  17. Chris my son goes to school with Zack Gilbert. My son told me the rumor around school is that Gilbert had already decided on pitt, just hadn't announced yet. Also we are recruiting a sophomore d lineman at the high school also. Hopefully we get both.

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    1. That would be god news. I would have to think that if Pitt gets Zach they'll get his cousin Mark as well.

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  18. Z Mood you may be right on that although a uconn guard just left the team in the last day or two.

    Gilbert would be nice. A pipeline into NC would be nicer if the talent is there in Mecklenburg.

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  19. The defensive end position would be improved dramitically with Hendrix and Gilbert in the fold in 2016. I still have hopes that Soto and #92 improve a lot and are different players in 2015. Not having a redshirt has really hurt Soto. The last staff not redshirting Jarrett made zero sense. I guess it had to play Soto in 2013.

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  20. Called it like I saw it Zmood when reviewing the numbers on uconn bball and gibbs. Football and Bball players really should study the two deep before committing.

    This is an area where I feel good parenting and good mentoring comes into play. Let the kids enjoy their trips, but do the diligence to make sure your kid has an opportunity to see the field. That is why right now, Pitt is a better opportunity than Ohio State and Penn State with regard to playing time if you are a cb, wr or rb.

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  21. Chris, When you have time can you give us an update on who Pitt football has offered for 2016. I know this would be a long list of student athletes across the nation but it would be cool to see. Also, is there a limit on how many offers each University can give out?

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    1. I finally have time so I will be writing some posts. And no there's not a limit.

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    2. Good to hear Chris... always look forward to your posts. Was hoping you'd have some thoughts on the bball team after the three grad transfers.

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