Friday, December 18, 2015

Narduzzi bags two big ones (at the same time)

The Panthers good recruiting class got a lot better today as Ohio State de-commit George Hill chose the Panthers over Michigan State and Wisconsin. The 6'0" 200 pound Hill, from Hubbard (OH) HS, can play running back, wide receiver, and cornerback, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up playing at least some time at all three positions though he's been brought in to play cornerback. He is blazing fast and has run a 10.75 100m (for comparison, Jordan Whitehead runs a 10.87).

At the same time, 6'3" Florida cornerback Henry Miller announced his his college decision and he also chose Pitt.  He was also offered by Michigan State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Louisville, North Carolina, and many others.

49 comments:

  1. Does Campbell, Miller and Hill mean Hamlin and Hudson are unlikely?? Nothing wrong with being greedy.

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  2. Excellent news! If George Hill will be used primarily as a RB, does this mean there's no more room for Miles Sanders? Or will Hill be primarily a WR?

    As an aside, it's great GREAT to have a coaching staff that "gets it" when it comes to recruiting. Good riddance, Paul Chryst.

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  3. Thomas Macvittie got a bump on the same day. 247 now ranks him as a 95 and the 77th best player in the country. This class could easily end up top 25

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    1. Yeah, Steve Wiltfong messaged me to tell me. They love MacVittie.

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  4. Hate to be dumb. Who is Steve Wilfong? I hope that he is part of Pitt.

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    1. He's a very connected national writer for 247 Sports.

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  5. Chris. First off I love following you on Twitter and really appreciate your work with respect to Pitt recruits. I'd like to see you do an article showing a prospective depth chart with the incoming class and what is left as far as needs go. Figuring they only have a few more spots available, where do you think they should concentrate. Haskins, Hamlin, Alexander, Mathews, Winfree, Hudson, Washington, Thompson, etc are all considering Pitt, but really who will they concentrate on and how many more can they really take.

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    1. I always write a position by position look at the team, but with so much top talent coming in, I decided it's best to wait to see who else is arriving before I do it. They don't have many spots left. I'm sure they will definitely hold one for Hamlin, Hudson, Winfree, and Washington. The others may have to be a backup plan because there will soon be no room.

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    2. Hi Chris:
      Read you each day pn twitter and love your Panther Prey Info.
      In your opinion, if you had to choose between Saunders and Hill who would be first? Guess it is like asking a parent which child do they love more. Just glad we got one of them and was pleasantly surprised we beat out Michigan St. Alos, any insight on who might be the the new Offensive Coord. Keep up the great work.

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    3. I think there are still quite a few players who Pitt will make room for. If Camp commits, then I think Watts might not have room, but I don't know that they shut the door on Camp. Hamlin and Hudson will probably have a spot no matter what. I don't know about Washington. I don't know what is going on with Mathews and Winfree. It almost started out that Mathews was the backup plan and then they wanted to recruit him as a safety. I think they should go ahead and take both regardless. I figure that Pitt gave the old college try to Alexander, but the longer you don't hear from him the less I think he comes to Pitt. I don't know what becomes of guys like Chappel, Anderson and the rest. I still wouldn't be shocked if they end up with about 25 commits

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    4. Sanders is a RB and Hill is a CB so they're not really comparable.

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    5. If they did okay same position, then give me the kid that wants to be here!

      Quipscript

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  6. it's really good to hear recruit talk about the city and the University in the very positive way.coach just up the talent level in his first full year recruiting.

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  7. Chris, thanks for keeping us informed both here and through your twitter account, which is one of the top Pitt related accounts I follow. I continue to be impressed by Narduzzi and his staff. Hope the new offensive coordinator is named soon.

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  8. Is Winfree a preferred choice to Matthews, assuming Matthews is wanted as WR? And how does George Hill compare to Miles Sanders in terms of rating/skill? Did we get the better of the two, the worse, or, are they both good and there is no need to view one as better than the other?

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    1. How does Hill compare to Sanders? One will be running behind a crappy line next year while the other will be tackling him for a loss.... not sure there is much of a comparison

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    2. Sanders is ranked #64 prospect on rivals Hill was #219 if that's what you're looking for.

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  9. Some really great players coming into Pitt. Look at what our biggest weakness was this year, and the players that Narduzzi and staff have focused in on and that's CB.

    On another note, the prospect I'm most excited about is Pugh. He seems like he'll be a star and in short order.

    Lastly, Chris been checking (and waiting) for a write up on Pitt basketball. I haven't had the opportunity to watch many games, but it seems like they may be better than initial thought. I won't hold my breath, but do you think this is Dixon's best team since 2009? Also, where do you see his team going in the future?

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  10. Looks like winfree could commit tonight

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  11. Michael, Winfree and Flowers are both better WR prospects so if Pitt ends up with both they hit a home run. Mathews looks to be the odd man out. And Sanders and Hill are both excellent but Sanders is a RB and Hill is a CB.

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    1. Thanks. Everything up until today listed Hill as a 4* RB. Didn't realize he was coming to play CB.

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    2. Rivals has him just listed as "athlete" so I guess he can kinda play wherever they want him to play as far as RB, WR, or CB

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  12. Hill is pretty much what ever he wants to be.

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  13. Great day today - Narduzzi kicking ass as expected. So refreshing compared to the Chryst malaise.

    As to remaining recruits - gotta figure one more DT (Camp or Watts), WR (Winfree who is much better than Matthews), and then see which of the top guys we are still in with have interest.

    This train is filling up fast - and those who wait may get left behind as there are only so many seats available.

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  14. HCPN is sniping very good-to solid prospects from Ohio. Is this partly a factor of OSU recruiting nationally. I think Narduzzi will get a lot of Youngstown kids because he s from there and he is awesome; but flowers hill and even moss would normally be prototypical osu recruits.

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  15. Any chance Chris Clark will be authorized to play in 2016?

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  16. Don't care how good George Hill is as a D-Back, the Kid has the ability to be an IMPACT Player on OFFENSE.

    Has that SPECIAL ability to make his cuts without losing SPEED.

    Narduzzi is SMART enough to know you don't simply send off ESPN's #11 Rated RUNNINGBACK to play Defense without giving him a chance to show what he can do.

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    1. I gotta disagree I think Hill is a fantastic prospect with elite level speed and I'm very happy he's coming to Pitt; but his agility is not on level with Miles Sanders or other high-level RB prospects. Hill definitely is not an elite RB prospect; CB or Safety yes (plus the dude hits like a load of bricks) but I think he would be better suited for WR if he were to play offense.

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    2. dreams I agree with you he has too much offense athletic ability. To not try him on offense he's an outstanding athlete with high and speed.as far as him being as good as high end running backs not I don't agree miles Sanders is A. great young prospect but he's not that far ahead of this kid.this kid hits a hole like a rocket is a smaller version of Herschel Walker.both kids look very promising.we got one that's a good thing

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    3. There's a reason why nobody was looking at Hill on offense. He's very fast, but he doesn't have the wiggle that a RB has to have. CB is considered by college coaches as his best position

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    4. POD,

      Didn't know you were an elite assessor of talent. For me, I will trust Narduzzi to put Hill at his best position.

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    5. Don't know about "elite." But usually "right" is probably a better way to put it.

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    6. PittofDreams,

      You're not right about Hill. In general, you are an arrogant and pompous poster. Your incessant use of capitalizing certain words underscores your self righteousness. I'm guessing this is why an earlier poster often weighed in as you - basically mocking you. If you tone down your know-it-all attitude, you probably have some merit to your opinions.

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    7. relax only an opinion we are all Panthers here.or are we?

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    8. If you want to take a shot at me, how about using the "Name" you regularly post with... and then I and everyone else here can weigh your comments based upon the totality of YOUR comments and WHETHER you were EVER RIGHT about anything.

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    9. Relax PittofDreams. Your blood pressure is probably too high. LOL.

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  17. I read somewhere -- come to think about it, may have been on Doke's Twitter account -- that Paul Chryst and three of his minions came to visit George Hill, who then committed to Pitt immediately afterward.

    I wonder if former HCPC used his tried and (un)proven "just offer" method on Hill, same one he preferred when he was here? If so, I imagine it went something like this: "George, if you INSIST to come to Wiscy, then we won't stop you. Or else you can just forget we were even here and go somewhere else to school, that's good too."

    Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm just glad that soft sell (errrr, no sell) approach is some other school's problem now.

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  18. I love what the Coach has done on recruiting this year....... but as an aside..... what is happening about special teams?? We can always use good kickers..... !!

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  19. The coach needs to be looking for a kicker, stat.

    The next commitment needs to come from an OC. The new OC may very well be from MSU who will be under great pressure next year without Cook as their qb. Makes sense and our Coach. Looking for a juco qb is not a smart decision in my opinion. We have a couple of young qb's in the fold (Bertke and Dinucci). They need to step up and try and compete with MacPitt. If they don't have enough ability, they will have "the talk" with the coach after the season (more Bertke than Dinucci). Juco route hurts team chemistry, unless he is a stud and I don't see that.

    Bertke will be under his 3rd OC since he has been here. I still like his skill set, but he seems to have lost the desire to compete hard. He needs to change his mental makeup as time is not on his side. When you have Voytik, Dinucci and Bertke making music videos the night before the Miami game instead of studying, there is a perception of not taking their role seriously or being competitive. That is why I think Voytik has to go. He is not teaching the young players how to prepare and compete at all times. You all may disagree, but attitude is most essential to success.

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    1. Studying for what? Finals? If those kids didn't have the playbook down by now it wouldn't have mattered anyway. Better these kids were having fun making a silly video then getting drunk and spending the night in jail, eh? These kids are college students and friends first before football players and they need to have space to enjoy that.

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    2. I used the term perception. It's not about knowing the playbook. Johnny Manziel knows the playbook. Akin to Narduzzi calming down the between 3rd and 4th quarter celebration. Perception can be reality. Too lax and I think that is why he tempered it. I am good with the kids having a good time. It was their biggest game of the year as it was their next one.

      Perception. Release the goofy video after the game and after the victory.

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  20. I don't give a damn if Hill would be a good running back.. pitt has little talent and even less depth at corner & Hill would add both to the position. Pitt's running back's are good enough and that was without the explosive Ibrahim & Conner. Now, if you want to give him a few snaps per game on offense I'd love it, but not full time at least at first

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    1. Yeah, if Hill could play primarily DB and do some of the Jordan Whitehead stuff on offense that would be great I think. Though to be fair, I know absolutely nothing about Hill and am just basing that on people's comments here.

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  21. Winfred committed to Pitt today!!

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