Monday, November 30, 2015

Final Top 15 for PA in the 2016 class

1. Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills HS (Pittsburgh) RB- Athletically built at 5'11" and 205 pounds. Can add muscle without losing speed and that will help him with running between the tackles, though he's already not afraid of running between the tackles. Excellent speed, quickness, and vision.  All around back that has very good hands, too.  Committed to PENN STATE early, but he's been looking around. It's possible that he'll stay with Penn State but  Pittsburgh is the most obvious choice should he flip. Other offers include Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC, and many more.

2. Michal Menet, Exeter Township HS (Reading) OT- Needs to add weight to 6'5" 270 pound frame, but he has the feet, strength, and technique to be a big time college player. Extremely high upside. Committed to PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, Alabama, Duke, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, Stanford, UCLA, and more.

3. Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) CB- Thin, but nice length at 6'1" and 180 pounds. More athletic than blazing fast, but he does have good speed. Can play cornerback or safety at the next level, but his size at cornerback makes him a player that's high in demand. He committed to PITTSBURGH over Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State are the leaders, Michigan, Michigan State, Auburn, Clemson, Stanford, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Miami, Virginia Tech, and UCLA.

4. Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Institute Charter HS (Philadelphia) TE- Not big at 6'2" and 240 pounds, but he is athletic, strong, and equally good in the run or pass game.  Excellent blocker. Committed to FLORIDA STATE over Pittsburgh, Penn State, Miami, Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Michigan State, USC, Ohio State, Florida, Auburn, and just about everybody else.

5. Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charter HS (Philadelphia) DE/DT- Nicknamed "The Reaper" for good reason. Tough and athletic at 6'4" 275 pounds, with a great burst.  Has the athleticism and speed to play end and the toughness and size to play inside. Committed to TEMPLE over Penn State, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Miami, Florida, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech.

6. Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport Area HS (McKeesport) S- Athletic safety with great range. Maybe the hardest hitter in the state. Solidly built at 5'11" and 200 pounds. Has the ability to also be an excellent college running back but he was born to be a safety. Committed to MICHIGAN over Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin,  North Carolina, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.

7. Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa HS (Aliquippa) LB- Athletic, fast, and tough at 6'2" and 220 pounds. Built like a rock already.  Could also be a college running back but he appears best suited for linebacker. Committed to PITTSBURGH over West Virginia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Miami, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

8. Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North HS (Newtown) QB- Doesn't possess ideal size at 6'0" and 200 pounds, but he has a solid, athletic build. Athletic runner with good speed. Better than average arm. Suspect accuracy until this summer when he performed very well. Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA over Penn State, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and many others, but now that Steve Spurrier is out at South Carolina, he may end up at somewhere like Penn State.

9. Connor McGovern, Lake-Lehman (Lehman) C- Stocky, tenacious 6'4 1/2" 295 pounder with good feet and technique.  Considered by some as the best center prospect in the country.  Chose PENN STATE over Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Stanford, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Duke.

10. Therran Coleman, Brashear HS (Pittsburgh) CB- Nice corner size at 6'1" and 180 pounds. Very good speed and athleticism. One of the more underrated prospects in the state, which is what often happens with City League kids.  Committed to PITTSBURGH over West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Virginia Tech.

11. Cary Angeline, Downingtown HS (Exeter) TE- At 6'7" he's obviously a great target. Basically a wide receiver in high school, and though he's up to 230 pounds he still has to gain a lot of weight to be an every down player. He's mostly just a pass receiver now so he will have to work a lot on in line blocking. Committed to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA over Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Oregon, UCLA, and Notre Dame, and many more.

12. Johncarlo Valentin, Imhotep Institute Charter HS (Philadelphia) OG- Enormous size at 6'4" and 340 pounds. Obviously he will need to get in better shape but he moves well at that size and is a load to move. His recruitment has taken many twists and turns so it's still very much in the air where he'll end up. Committed to OKLAHOMA over Pittsburgh, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Auburn, and South Carolina.

13. Andrew Pryts, Hickory HS (Hermitage) S- Solidly built at 6'1" and 200 pounds. Good athleticism. Smart.  Vicious hitter.  Committed to STANFORD over Pittsburgh, Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, and Michigan State.

14. Rashad Wheeler, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh) DT- Excels on maybe the most talented team in the entire state. And at 6'3" and 280 pounds he has good size and athleticism. Has the frame to get bigger and stronger. Committed to PITTSBURGH over Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, and Virginia, among others.

15. Aaron Matthews, Clairton HS (Clairton) WR/S- Great length at 6'4" but needs to add a lot of  weight to his 180 pound frame. Not a blazer, but because of his really long legs he gets from point A to point B faster than it looks. Great hands on offense, though he played quarterback this year and hasn't had a chance to do much from the wide receiver position. Not afraid to hit on defense. Committed to PITTSBURGH over Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Temple, and Minnesota.



60 comments:

  1. Hamlin hurt his knee on Saturday in the WPIAL Championship game. Left the game in 2nd quarter and did not return. Hope its not serious for the game this Friday or more importantly his future. H2P.

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  2. Still looks like the Dominator is doing it.

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    1. Too bad he can't coach.

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    2. I'm not sold on his coaching either, but lets not forget that they are still feeling the effects of the sanctions. Lets see them in a year or two (after we beat them) when they are back level and then decide their fate.

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    3. Franklin's a used car salesman who can't coach. The sanctions are just an excuse.

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  3. Do you expect any PSU flips to Pitt other than a hopefull Sanders?

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  4. Really impressed with the recruiting practices of this staff. I think we all knew it would be like this with the right set of coaches and resources available. Looking back now, it's amazing that some prospects don't see the linear trajectory of a player like Boyd. Came in as a highly regarded prospect, excelled in a system for three straight seasons, including his true freshman season. He is now likely to get drafted in the first 1-2 rounds and become a millionaire. We've seen it many, many times over here. Hopefully with the explosion of social media more and more players will see that. Obviously Whitehead did and look at what he's been able to accomplish.

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    1. Seems so obvious, doesn't it?

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    2. Right, seems like Foster and Boyd were 1 and 2 and now they're not even on the same planet. Foster has to wonder what could have been.

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    3. Boyd is where he is because he is an amazing athlete. He has the tangibles and the intangibles. His awareness of the ball in time and space together with his body control and over all athleticism are what makes him special. I have loved watching him at Pitt for these three years and maybe he got his chance at Pitt before he would have gotten it at Alabama but really it would not have taken very long for an Alabama coaching staff to realize what they had in Boyd. Does this same analysis apply to a Whitehead, Conner or even Miles Sanders? Probably not. (By the way if anyone really wants to see Boyd's athleticism at its absolute stress induced peak take a look at his fumble in slo-mo in last year's Georgia Tech fiasco.)

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  5. Which institution has a bigger budget for recruiting in football, Pitt or Central Catholic?

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    1. North Allegheny

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    2. You mean the University of North Allegheny.

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  6. https://pittsburgh.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1832146

    i know it means nothing technically.. but fun to see all the recruits banding together.

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  7. don't look now but the panthers are about to get an influx of talent their way.HTP!!!!!!!

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    1. I want to look, I really do. Start the parade, I'm so anxious.

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    2. do I sense a little sarcasm anonymous you must be a nitwit!

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  8. He was left way more talent then what pitts has now. If anybody was on sanctions it pitt with 8 coaches in 4 years. Sanctions or no sanctions he has done a poor jo.b. his m o is the same way play as many cupcakes as you can before conference play. He did it at Vanderbilt and he's doing it at Penn State. I hope he stays a long time but I don't see it.

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  9. PSU trolls are getting worse. They can't handle a little Pitt well being aura.
    They say they never cared, called Pitt their little brother, and laugh at our attendance. It's obvious they do concern themselves with Pitt. They forget history and don't realize Pitt has more natl championships and more nfl hall of fame alums. These chumps that belittle Pitt on 17 year olds Twitter handles and don't realize PItt is also ranked a better educational program than PSU are delusional about Penn states football successes over the past 15 years of irrevelavance as well. I watched them get squashed by Florida and USC in bowl games and OSU Mich Mich St and recently northwestern in their own conference for the past 15 years.
    Being a silent observer on Twitter I see Rich Walsh and others Pro Pitt beat people getting bashed repeatedly for this crap and they hang on to 107k strong like its the only thing they have going for them. Which is beyond sad.

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    1. While I agree with most of what you said, let's not act like we don't have people like that in our ranks too. Every school has them.

      Also, FYI PSU is academically higher than us in most rankings, so be careful what you brag about as it can make us look foolish when incorrect.

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    2. As far as academic standards for admission, Pitt is more difficult to get into. That's all that matters! Our student body is smarter than theirs. I didn't get into Pitt going into school about 9 years ago with a 1370 on my SAT and got into PSU. My sister, who applied to Pitt but not Penn State was rejected at Pitt and admitted into UNC, Georgetown and Cornell. Its tough to get into these days. Average SAT is well over 1300 at this point

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    3. I'm not saying Pitt isn't tough but I looked up the psu numbers and they're lowered average due to branch campus. If you use university park alone they're similar. Let's just say both are great academic institutions

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    4. That's the correct answer. They're very equal.

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    5. You mentioned you saw PSU get crushed in bowl games by USC and FL. I guess you missed the PSU bowl wins over teams like FSU, LSU, TN, and TAMU over the last 10 seasons. Not to mention they won 2 B10 titles since 2005. While that pales in comparison to OSU, it is more than what UM or MSU can say.

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    6. That FSU team in the Orange bowl was hardly the FSU in the past, or even current the past 3 seasons. And PSU still needed OT to win. Same with Tennessee, who was starting a run of historic mediocrity. Why not dig a little deeper before waving the blue & white flag?

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    7. That FSU team had 3 first rounders on defense and some dude name Timmons was a backup LB. They were loaded on defense and they beat 2 top 10 teams that year in Miami and VT. The TN team in 2006 came into the Outback Bowl with a better record than PSU.

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    8. Anthony Harvey, that FSU powerhouse finished the regular season with 4 losses, inlcuding 3 in a row at the end of the season and lost to Virginia and Florida pretty handily. And UT was doing so well they fired their coach the next season. But keep spinning things the Blue & white way, maybe the longer you believe a fallacy it will become true.

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    9. Who is spinning. FACT: the 2005 FSU beat 2 top 10 teams that season(Miami and VT). Fact: the 2005 FSU team had 3 starting players on defense that were selected in the first round of the 2006. That team had talent, at least on defense. Fact: in 2006, TN came into the Outback Bowl with a better record than PSU. It was a good win for PSU since TN was the favorite and had a better record than PSU. It doesn't matter if they fired their coach the year before. That is completely irrelevant.

      You are the one that is spinning. Everytime I point out a nice win by PSU, you come up with your lame "but, but, but" excuses.

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    10. Miami started the season ranked #9. They didn't finish there, they finished #17 with a 9-3 after a 40-3 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl. So you're skewing it a little bit.

      Florida State finished the regular season at 7-4, with most of those losses coming to middle of the road teams.

      They were a typical Bobby Bowden team towards the end of his tenure where they definitely had some talented players, but usually underachieved considerably.

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  10. Pryts is overrated. He is not a big ten athlete that could compete against osu or michigan.

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  11. So it is obvious that the two things Narduzzi wants to address in recruiting is size and athleticism in the defensive backfield and depth on the defensive line.

    Just how much depth does he plan on adding? Wheeler, Hargrove and Gilbert are already on board this year. Not to mention Hendrix coming in next year as well. Jones is going to decide today, and we are still trying to get Watts, Thompson, Chapple, Alexander, Camp and it seems like Mintze is turning into a backup if we decide to add one extra. Do you think we add 6 DL including Hendrix? Either Watts or Camp on the inside and two of Jones, Chapple, Alexander, Thompson and if we miss out we add Mintze. It will be pretty nice to watch a team that has more talent and depth upfront. Some guys I get the feeling Narduzzi feels like he is shooting with blanks up front. The guys up there get tired and they don't have anyone to send in to get to the QB.

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  12. Camp to visit Jan. 15, this staff is relentless.

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  13. Chris,
    While the recruiting will have a lot of information the next month or so, do you see many recruits coming before mid to late Jan.?

    If Sanders flips, that will probably be later.... Hamlin probably wont decide soon... Mathews setting up an official in January as well as Watts, Camp, who knows when Hudson will decide. Havent heard anything from Winfree lately. Don't see Haskins committing soon. Alexander I think is coming in Jan. Maybe we get a Rutgers OT flip this month, or even Rene, but other than that, December looks to be quiet.

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    1. Yeah, Pitt is in a delicate situation. They don't have a lot more to add so they are juggling a lot to get maximum impact.

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  14. Quick question, with both defensive ends potentially enrolling in January, how will their scholarships be counted?

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    1. Technically, they count towards the lass class as far as the 25 limit is concerned, but they were never going to be able to get to 25 this year because they have too many overall, so it doesn't really matter.

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  15. Chris I have a question about miles Sanders. Has he always lived in Pittsburgh co.ming from Woodland Hills he had no interest in pitt just seemed kind of strange to me. Kids who grow up in Pittsburgh typically have some interest in the University of Pittsburgh. Thanks

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    1. He didn't want to play for Chryst. He committed while Chryst was still there. Once Narduzzi came he liked Pitt a lot.

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    2. Doke, maybe coach Duzz knows Sanders is sticking with his commit. They are meeting with Robert Washington tomorrow (forgot all about him).

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    3. You always need a backup plan.

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    4. Read elsewhere that Hudson, Hamlin and a former Rutgers recruits are all considering Pitt. Get 2 of those and the secondary will be greatly improved next year. As of right now, who is the likely candidate to replace Pitts?

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    5. Speaking of the secondary, someone should tell Webb that he can use his arms to tackle.

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  16. Andrew Pryts is a nice hitter but struggles in coverage against above average receivers. Watched him at osu camp.

    Lamont Wade will not get a good deal from Urb. Urb is all about ohio kids and making ohio proud, not the 412! Kids handlers need to know better than that. Also, which western pa superstar thrived at osu? And after you name 2, then tell me how many struggled.

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  17. Chris the whole situation with Sanders I think he's just giving coach courtesy . I don't think he has any thought of flipping the pitt.

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    1. I know abut 10 people close to him than think otherwise. If it wasn't for his mother he probably would have done it already.

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  18. Pitt needs to make enough room to have 22 scholarships to give out. A purge occurs at most schools that go through a coaching change and it usually happens after the first year. Narduzzi shouldn't worry about catching a bad rap from the media or whoever else. Chryst got rid of a lot of kids and people applauded him since there was this misperception that there were a ton of bad seeds on the roster. There was actually some good players and kids on the team and Moose underachieved.

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  19. Chris what do you think of the bowl games other than the championship I think with these conferences locking in certain bowl games it makes it a joke when a 5 =7 gets just as good of a game as somebody is 8 =4 there a joke it's about who you can put in the stands not how your season went. It's a total joke!!!

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    1. I would argue that a bowl that has a 5-7 team in it isn't a good bowl.
      Such bowls include Foster Farms (Nebraska) and Quick Lane (Minnesota).
      I'm not going to list bowls with a 6-6 team in it, but those aren't great either.

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  20. when it comes to tie in bowls the ACC is the worst out of all the p5 conferences.and they're paying for when a 5 -7 goes to one of their tier 1 games

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    1. Pitt got f*cked in the bowl selections.

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  21. I feel sorry for the players they deserve better.I guess the southern boys from Duke evil are still upset cause we beat the snot out of them.20000 that showed up for the game.tailgate lot was 99% pitt. HtP

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  22. Chris I don't do Twitter but I'm seeing where coaches are complaining about a certain Pitt recruit helping them recruit local kids what's that all about? Thanks

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    1. I'm not going to say which two schools, but they are telling the top WPIAL prospects to stop listening to Paris Ford about coming to Pitt. If you guessed the two you'll probably be right. I'm only not saying the two be because the person that told me didn't say it publicly so I don't want to say it publicly. But he's someone that is very close with these kids so he definitely knows.

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    2. Point of clarification. These are high school coaches that are telling their kids not to listen to Ford?

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    3. No. College coaches are telling kids to not listen to Ford. Ford is trying to get the other top WPIAL kids to follow him.

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  23. Lol - you know if Ford had committed to one of those schools and was doing this, they'd be all for it!

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  24. Chris just wanted to see what you thought. My thoughts are pugh kid and hudson kid are just as good as any player in the WPIAL right now. And I also feel they are going to be very strong college players. Let me know how you feel

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