Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jan. 19 Recruiting Update

I've been talking to the father of Thomas MacVittie for a long time, especially in the last month or so, and I've always been very confident that Jim Chaney leaving would not change the commitment of his son. The MacVitties are good people that believe in loyalty, and as long as the new offensive coordinator wanted them, they wanted to stay with Pitt. But Pat Narduzzi wisely found a coordinator that fits MacVittie perfectly. Narduzzi also made MacVittie the priority in this class by going out of his way to woo him before and after the hiring of Matt Canada. Mr. MacVittie told me that LSU was "relentless" about going to LSU but he told me last night that there will be no visit from Cam Cameron of LSU. It remains to be seen if that visit will happen, but even if it does it seems extremely unlikely that MacVittie will switch. The Pitt staff has practically become a part of the family and it's highly improbable that LSU could force a last minute switch. In fact, I'd call it a 1% chance.

Canada has also offered two 2017 quarterbacks that he's previously offered at NC State. Both Matt McKay and Hendon Hooker were in Canada's recruiting area so he has already built up a great relationship with both. Both are also strong armed and highly mobile, which shows what kind of quarterback Canada wants. MacVittie is the same so that's why it's such a great fit.

On the troublesome side, Florida defensive back Henry Miller is now being courted by both Miami and Ohio State. Miami has offered, but he appears to be a backup plan for Ohio State. I wouldn't be surprised if Ohio State offered Miller if Damar Hamlin chooses Pitt. Miller has a great relationship with the Pitt staff and other recruits in the class, so as of now the Panthers have the advantage. Hopefully he realizes that the grass is not always greener on the other other side of the fence, and sticks with the program that he's already comfortable with.

I still like Damar Hamlin going to Pitt, and I haven't wavered off of that for many moths now. As for Khalake Hudson, many are now predicting him to go to Michigan, but that's mostly because anybody that Jim Harbaugh wants, people assume that he will get them. That's not always the case, though, and Hudson left Michigan without committing. He's a level headed kid and I expect him to take his visits to Penn State and Pitt, then make a decision. I think it's pretty even among all three still. UCLA is probably too far away for him.

Amir Watts is another important prospect, and I feel there's a good chance that Pitt can sway him on his visit. He's close with Tom Sims, and the Chicago native will no doubt love the city atmosphere that the university provides.

Beau Bisharat, a 4-star RB from the Sacramento, CA area has recently de-committed from Stanford, and Pitt is trying to get him in for a visit. The 6'3" 210 pound Bisharat had Pitt in his top 10 after Rob Harley went to visit him in the Spring, and now they are going out to California to try to get him to visit the campus.

These are just a small sample of what's been going on. I will update daily (or more) during this final run up to signing day. It's going to be fast and furious. That's what happens when you become a player on the national scene.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks Chris!! I know other guys are covering it, but I always enjoy reading your take especially on recruiting. Fingers crossed on Miller.

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  2. Thanks, Chris. Thinking back to when I was ready to head to college, there is no way that I could have been "level headed" during this type of relentless campaigning by schools. H2P

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  3. NLI Day can't come soon enough for me...

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  4. Hey Chris - appreciate your updates! What's your take on the Reynolds kid, linebacker from NY, who visited last weekend?

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    1. Tough kid. Not really fast, though faster than somebody like Max Gruder, and fast enough to be a MLB in the ACC. I've always liked Pugh for the middle, too, and of course the dream is to get David Adams for the middle.

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  5. Chris,
    Is there a realistic chance we can get both? The competition is going to get much better in a hurry with Coleman & Law next year and is really a big need! Thanks for the update!
    scooterj

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    1. Could definitely end up with both. Get a lot of big time athletes in first, then you can always find someplace for them. And it's Ford and Loe next year. Ford could always end up at WR and Loe could be a S. Loe is quietly very good.

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  6. Nice piece, Doke. You're still the best of the best.

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  7. Chris NCS has under achieved all year they have way more talent then pitt. But pitt came out flat also.pitt soft have been all year.

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  8. Pat N needs to get these defensive backs that have been the weakness of this team for several years. Its not enough to sign one player like Revis, or Whitehead. Defensive backfields are "units" that must be recruited. Chryst blew it years ago when he did not get Nicholson (Michigan St) and Dravon Henry (WVU). Imagine how good Pitt's D would have been with those two, Whitehead, etc. The Elijah Pitts and Avante Madox's and Amara's of the world are not going to win any games. Pitt must get Hamlin, Hudson (McKeesport) Garner, Paris Ford and the kid from Clairton to add to Whitehead and now you are talking about a potential big time program. The DBs Pitt has had have been awful to say the least. H2P

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