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.

22 comments:

  1. You have some astute folks in your following Dokish. I remembered somebody stating that a kicker was a need that nobody was talking about.

    talent evalu8r December 20, 2015 at 9:39 AM

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

    It's a win-win. Bring one in while Blewitt finishes off his great career at Pitt. We will know within 6 months if we need another kicker or whether he can get the job done. Grey shirt is fantastic! Hopefully it works out and we have a kicker for the next 4 years once Blewitt goes pro!

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out talent evalu8r. Sorry, I mean Anonymous.

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  2. Pitt got a commitment from the long snapper at Kessman's HS. Conrad Brake. He'll be a preferred walk on like Kessman for the first year.

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    1. He actually committed back in the summer. He's supposedly an excellent long snapper.

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  3. I also noticed that Kessman had to do some emergency quarterbacking for his school this year. Never hurts to have a trick play in the bag for fake kick.......... or if the play breaks down.

    Any hints on a punter for Pitt??

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  4. Good to have the kid, but kickers for the most part in college stink. I hope he he turns out better than Blewitt.

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  5. I would not say most stink. IMO, Blewitt is a good college kicker.

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    1. Do you want to rethink that after the Miami game and todays pitiful kick

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    2. Overall he's still a good kicker. Performances like today keep him from being very good. He's due credit for his kicks against Ga. Tech and Syr.

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  6. It's obvious the local kid don't know what they have in their hometown team . they should look at history???

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  7. why does everybody get bent outta shape when Penn State offer somebody they're losing players left and right they have to offer new people and this kid from Clarion has been waiting for a Penn State offer.all year if he feels it's better for him go.coach will get his

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  8. JC,

    Agree. I don't think Matthews is as high on Pitt's list like Hamlin and Hudson. I say good luck to him at PS if that's where he wants to be.

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  9. Chris: I finally see a lot of good things happening at pitt.The acc will get better and so will pitt. HtP happy new year to everyone

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  10. Something for us steelers fans.Why would we won't them in playoff with that horrible defense?

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  11. I'm going to start on my taxes. Pitt has a long way to go to be a top 20 team.

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  12. They better hire a oc from outside and they oughta be ashamed of themself for this effort at the bowl.nobody should say anything about Franklin coaching this staff shit the bed in half there games

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    1. With the awful grammar that you have; it's a disgrace that you call yourself "James Conner". Pitt had a nice year with a lot of holes that HCPC left us with in 2015 (no reliable QB, weak LB's, subpar DB's). #H2P

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  13. Navy over 600 yd I'd say we have a very long way to go!

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    1. It was terrible all around, def and off. No imigination on offense, they are bigger and faster than the navy defense should have just run it down their throats like they do and pass with your speed. I am not sure Nate is the qb, he looked awful the last couple games. And he locks onto boyd (who I think is kind of overated at times) way too often
      On defense it will be good to see the putrid cb pitts go and we have to bench maddox, can't believe they are the best cb on the team with over a dozen options. Must say something to why Nardog recruited so many cb's. D-line might be large and big but they don't get penetration and are slow. And our lb are too slow, galambos is terrible wirginis is better not sure why galambos plays. I know he must know the defense but the boy gets beat all the time and gets outrun.
      I knows its Nardog first year but his team did not improve the last few games they took steps back and that is not a good sign, and got demolished in their bowl game, yes I know navy is good, but you still cannot convince me they have more overall talent than Pitt does even with the awful recruiting the last few years

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    2. I totally agree.we will see what happens but the last 3 or 4 games coaching was very questionable.

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  14. whatever the hell your name is my name is James Conner way before James Conner plays for pitt.I don't know why you have to put a smart ass remark on this board but do you have a problem with me.go talk to your s*** on Penn State Board.

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  15. Coach Narduzzi said they did things they haven't seen on film. yes that's called being out coached.

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