Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Final Stretch

Signing day is Wednesday, February 3rd, and there's no contact allowed on Monday or Tuesday of next week. That leaves Pitt just five more days, including today, to finish this class strong. For the most part it looks like the Panthers are down to four targets.

Damar Hamlin will take his official Pitt visit this weekend (teammate and friend Bricen Garner will officially visit also), and I and everybody else thinks he will pick the Panthers when he publicly announces his choice on Monday. We'll find out soon enough.

K'Von Wallace has exploded in the last few days, and has recently picked up offers from Clemson, Michigan State, and Ohio State. He's still expected to spend the last weekend before signing day on an official visit to Pitt, and Narduzzi and four of his assistants stopped by to see Wallace at home yesterday. If he even keeps the visit to Pitt, with Ohio State and Michigan State pushing for him, that's a great sign. He really likes Pitt and the Panthers were probably the favorite until this latest flurry. This weekend will show us a lot. Will he show up, and if he does, can put do enough to land him? Stay tuned, because this one will be a dogfight. I know many see Clemson, Michigan State, and Ohio State offering and automatically think Pitt is out of it, but that's not necessarily the case. As I've always said, all offers aren't created equally. Those three schools may be offering in case another prospect falls through. If they are, and Wallace knows that, that could benefit Pitt. He also doesn't have much time to get to know Ohio State and Michigan State, and barely any time to get to know Clemson, though he's visiting them today. He got to know Pitt quite well in the past few weeks, however, and if he visits this weekend, he will know them even more.

Florida wide receiver Darnell Salomon liked his Temple visit, and it looks like it will be either Temple or Pitt. If he visits Pitt officially this weekend, and he's scheduled to be there, then you have to expect the Panthers to pull ahead for him.

It appears that another Florida 4-star, Keyshon Camp, is down to Pitt and Missouri. He loved his visit to Pitt, but Missouri has employed the coach that recruited him initially to USC. he's visiting there this weekend, then committing on signing day.

McKeesport star Khaleke Hudson is verbally committing today. It doesn't appear to be Pitt, but there's always a chance that he will still visit this weekend.

There is one already committed player that seems to be driving Pitt fans crazy. Linebacker Chase Pine, continually says he is solid with Pitt, even though for months there were reports that he was going to visit various schools. Now he is going to visit both Virginia Tech and Maryland before signing day. Linebacker coach Rob Harley is adamant that no players he recruits will flip, and this is his recruit, so we'll see what happens. The Panthers need linebackers, and if Pine does flip then they'll only be two joining the program this year.

Penn State has approached at least Rashad Wheeler, Maurice Ffrench, Therran Coleman, Bryce Hargrove, and Phil Campbell to see if they were interested. All turned them down. They were also trying to land Amir Watts and Camp. That didn't work either.

Former McKeesport linebacker T.J. Neal is transferring from Illinois, and wants to be closer to home. That could include Pitt. Neal had over 100 tackles last year, and as a graduate transfer he is eligible immediately.

The Panthers 2006 schedule is now complete:

9/3  Villanova
9/10  Penn State
9/17  at Oklahoma State
9/24  at North Carolina
10/1  Marshall
10/8  Georgia Tech
10/15  at Virginia
10/22  OFF
10/27  Virginia Tech
11/5  at Miami
11/12  at Clemson
11/19  Duke
11/26  Syracuse




3 comments:

  1. Between those 5 kids and Alexander if we can get 1 or 2 of them I'm pumped with this recruiting class. Have to keep Pine, but Watts was a huge get. Our Dline is going to be ferocious.

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  2. My guess is Hamlin and Salomon will be the two. I’d love for Camp to be the third, but I don’t like Mizzou getting the last visit along with the guy who recruited him to USC now coaching with the Tigers. I sure hope Narduzzi can bring Neal in the fold. Pitt needs linebackers and can’t rely a lot on the redshirt freshmen or the incoming freshmen. A productive kid who’s experienced like Neal would be an incredible addition to this team.

    If true the last staff took Caprera over Neal, when it could have had both, just shows how poor the last staff was when it came to recruiting. We weren’t wowed by their coaching, either.

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  3. Wilson is on his way to the Eagles, which means we could add Camp and over the next couple of years you could see Hendrix, Gilbert, Wheeler, Watts, Camp, Hargrove, Jeter, Hansard, Alexander and any number of other DE studs in 17..... good luck running the ball against pitt in the future.

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