Aaron Mathews, Clairton, WR- At 6'4" and 185 pounds, Mathews is a tall drink of water. And despite the lack of elite speed, he still is a handful due to his long strides, frame, and hands. Despite rumors that he's waiting for Penn State (not true), he still hasn't committed to Pitt despite the Panthers being the obvious leader. You have to think it will happen eventually and that maybe he's simply a kid that does things on his own schedule.
Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport, S- At 5'11" and about 200 pounds, he's a little small for a linebacker, though he could maybe get about to about 220 and be a smaller linebacker. He could be a force if that would happen, despite his lack of size for the position. But strong safety seems to be his most ideal position. Wherever you put him, he will be good because he's tough, fast, and athletic. McKeesport kids don't go to Pitt as any Panthers fan knows but I heard through the grapevine that ace recruiter Rob Harley was offended by the thought when he heard this. Whether Hudson goes to Pitt is still very much in the air. He's very secretive with his thoughts, and he takes great pride in that. Pitt is still very much in the mix, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he chooses the Panthers. But for some reason I'm thinking Virginia Tech.
Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic, CB- He doesn't have elite speed which makes some think he will be a safety, but he's fast enough for corner, especially since he also has length at 6'1" and 180 pounds, great quickness, and anticipation. His close friends are going to Pitt, and Pat Narduzzi defensive backs do well, to say the least. I think Notre Dame intrigues him, but I think he will choose Pitt eventually.
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills, RB- I will make this short and sweet. Everybody I know in the recruiting business thinks he will flip to Pitt, or at the very least, thinks there's a very good chance. He would make an instant impact on next year's team, and the PR of flipping an elite recruit from Penn State would obviously send reverberations around the college football world. I am not saying for sure that it will happen but if it does nobody should really be surprised.
Justin Morgan, Poly Prep HS (Brooklyn, NY) OT- Giant 6'6" and 330 pound pound lineman is already committed to Rutgers, but he has since visited the Panthers. For now he's still sticking with Rutgers, but Pitt keeps putting pressure on him to flip. He'd be a very nice pickup as his stock has been rising. Plus, the Panthers need to add another offensive lineman.
Zack Gilbert, South Mecklenburg HS (Charlotte) DE- The son of Sean Gilbert is a 6'1" 255 pound lineman with a very high ceiling. He moves extremely well and has great strength and explosiveness. He also is very mature and great character. He reminds me a lot of Ejuan Price. Pitt is considered the favorite, and the Panthers merely have to hold off Virginia Tech to get an excellent player.
Quayshown Alexander, DePaul Catholic HS (Wayne, NJ) DE- The 6'2" 235 pound Nebraska commit is planning official visits, including Pitt. He is a big Steelers fan and was very interested in Pitt before somewhat surprisingly committing to the Cornhuskers. He's very good and you can never have too many big time athletes.
Jamal Smith, American HS (Hialeah, FL) DE- Northern schools like Pitt usually get under the radar Florida kids late in the recruiting cycle, and I expect the same this year. The 6'2" 248 pound Smith is one such possibility. Some may feel like Pitt is recruiting so well that getting perceived leftovers is not a good thing, but there are so many excellent players in Florida that it's impossible for the top programs in the region to have room for them all. Plus, Harley and defensive coordinator Josh Conklin knows the Florida players very well. Smith wants to visit Pitt soon. Kentucky and Oregon State are his other top suitors.
George Hill, Hubbard (OH) HS, RB/WR/S- The Ohio State de-commit visited Pitt and even though almost everybody thinks he will end up at Michigan State, the Panthers are still right in there. An excellent athlete that can play multiple positions. If Pitt could technically flip a player from Penn State and Ohio State then things would get even more interesting. I see him probably ending up at Michigan State, but you never know.
Amir Watts, Phillips HS (Chicago, IL) DT- Previously committed to Western Michigan but then he got hot and he's now back on the market. Just 6'3" and 270 pounds but he's very quick. In fact, he even catches passes from the the wide receiver position at times. Minnesota may be the biggest obstacle.