Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Pitt adds a kicker
It's as if Pat Narduzzi just looked at the list of prospects at the beginning of the recruiting year and decided to take at least one of each position. Now you can add kicker to the list as Alex Kessman of Clarkson (MI) HS has committed to the Panthers. Kessman has had an offer from the Panthers since before the summer, and Andre Powell was clearly targeting him. Kessman has a very strong leg, and had two kicks over 50 yards this season, including a 56-yarder, which was the fourth longest in Michigan history. The kick also cleared the goalposts by about 10 yards. Even more impressive, Kessman already kicks off of the ground instead of a tee. Kessman also already kicks the ball off into the end zone, and was named an all-state punter this season. He will be a grayshirt, which means he will enter Pitt with the 2016 class, but won't get a scholarship until the 2017 class. This helps Pitt in some obvious ways. One, it means he does not take up a spot in this class, which is already getting crowded. And, two, he will have the benefit of college coaching for a year so that he will be better prepared to take over for Chris Blewitt when he leaves after the 2016 season. The alternative was to get a freshman kicker in 2017 and have him take over immediately for Blewitt, without a year of getting coached by Powell.