Friday, December 2, 2016

Where Pitt recruiting stands

There are just two months left before players can sign their letter of intent, and I expect a lot to still happen when it comes to the Panthers. There could be a graduate transfer or two, and there will probably be at least 8 or 10 more commitments. I also expect that Pitt will flip other commitments, even players that we don't know about yet. And with coaching changes on the horizon, more players will find themselves available, and that's where Pitt could swoop in. With that in mind, let's look where things stand as we enter into the stretch run. This info will change quickly, and often, and I wouldn't be surprised if something changed by the time you read it, so keep in mind that this info is very fluid.

Quarterbacks: Kenny Pickett is in the fold, and I don't expect that he will flip, and I don't expect Pitt to land another high school prospect. But that doesn't mean they won't land another quarterback. Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire graduates this month, and then he can transfer to another school with immediate eligibility. Right now, it is believed that Pitt and North Carolina lead for his services. If current North Carolina star quarterback Mitch Trubisky goes to the NFL, and it would be very surprising if he doesn't, then the Tar Heels immediately become a big possibility. There is also the chance that Larry Fedora gets mentioned for another job, which may also influence Zaire. Obviously, if the Panthers land Zaire, he would start, and the Panthers would be significantly better next year, so this will be a huge development one way or the other. Other than that, the focus is on the 2018 class, and as quarterbacks commit early, the time to land one in the class is now. The prize here would be 6'3" 190 pound Kevin Doyle of Malvern Prep in eastern PA. Doyle's dad told me that his son absolutely loves Matt Canada, and also loves how Canada uses the quarterback, so this could actually come to fruition. It would be a huge deal if it does.


Running Backs: Ohio back Todd Sibley has verbally committed, and he is solidly in the fold. He has the ability to be a future every down back, so it's not imperative that the Panthers add another running back in this class. But Anthony "AJ" Davis, a fast water bug type of athlete from Florida, has suddenly come back into the picture, and he'd simply be too good to pass up. An elite prospect, Davis is expected to visit next weekend, along with his teammate, cornerback Damarri Mathis, who the Panthers apparently lead for. There is room for both Sibley and Davis, should it come to that. They are two different types of backs and I would expect Davis would be used, not only as a change of pace with Sibely, but also out in space in many of the same ways as Quadree Henderson is used.


Wide Receivers: The recruiting of this group, since Narduzzi has been there, has been a little disappointing thus far. The staff has added good receivers, but they still haven't added that one elite, All-American potential player yet. As a prospect, Ruben Flowers is the closest they've come to that, but he had to redshirt this season so the jury is still out until he actually plays. In this class, Floridian Dontavius Butler and in-state legacy Darian Street have verbally committed so far, but once again that elite prospect is missing. Trying to rectify that, the staff is still looking at two Florida speedsters- Carmoni Green and DJ Edwards. Green, inexplicably committed to Illinois a few months ago, despite better offers, and so far he's still sticking with them. But the Panthers are still trying to get him to flip. Edwards is visiting Pitt next weekend, and he has been vocal about liking the Panthers lately. Rutgers commit Bryce Watts can flat out fly and he is a possibility at wide receiver or cornerback. The staff, clearly trying to add the topnotch talent that it's been missing, has been offering big time southern athletes in the '18 and '19 classes, but in this class at least one big time athlete is still needed. In the summer, a possible bonus is former local gem Robert Foster, who could be graduating from Alabama, and could be a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility. It's unknown if he is going to definitely transfer, and if he'd be interested in Pitt, but if he does end up with the Panthers that would be a huge development because he has the immense talent to still have a breakout season, especially in a Matt Canada offense.


Tight Ends: The Panthers have already added elite Ohio tight end Charles Reeves, as well as two locals in Tyler Sear and Grant Carrigan. No other tight ends will be added in this class.


Offensive Line: Two very big tackles- Carter Warren and Gabe Houy- have committed, and tough center Owen Drexel is also in the fold. There appears to be room for one more tackle, and the two elite ones in the mix are Thayer Munford and Mekhi Becton. Many prognosticators have pencilled in Munford for Pitt for awhile now, but apparently nobody has told him because he's been visiting everywhere but Pitt. He is clearly waiting to see if Ohio State offers, and they may. If they do, he will end up a Buckeye. But if they don't, Pitt could be the pick. That's if Becton doesn't commit first. The Virginia native has been pegged to stay home and play for the Cavaliers for a long time, but the Panthers have stuck around and are now making a big time push. If Pitt land either then this would be a superb OL class.


Defensive Ends: The defense needs more ends, and the only end the staff has added so far is Carson Van Lynn. With an All-American in Ejuan Price, Tom Sims' great personality, and Narduzzi's reputation, it's very surprising to me that the staff has been unable to land an elite prospect or two at the position. Don't get me wrong. There is some interesting potential already on the roster, and they are currently courting the same kind of prospects, but that elite prospect continually eludes the staff. Tyjuan Garbutt could rectify that, but the former Virginia Tech commit may be leaning back towards the Hokies. After him, there's only projections, though some are enticing. The two most enticing, in my opinion, are Kofi Wardlow, a late bloomer from Washington, DC, and 6'6" Stephon Mayas, a skinny Floridian that's long and athletic. Syracuse commit Zach Morton is a player that the Panthers have been trying to flip for many months, but so far the Detroit native has not bit. After that, the end prospects get even more raw. Those would be Kevince Brown and NC State commit Dreslin Alexander (both Florida), and Zion Debose (North Carolina).


Defensive Tackles: The program has three very good young tackles in Amir Watts, Keyshon Camp, and Rashad Wheeler, but at least one more is needed, and that would be a big space eating nose tackle. The two big options here are Washington, DC native Jaylen Twyman, a 6'2" 300 pound fireplug that can move very well, and 6'4" 300 pound former North Carolina commit Kyree Campbell, an elite prospect that has been at prep school this year. Both are so good that they'd find a way to add both if possible, but at least one of them needs to be added to round out this unit.


Linebackers: The staff has done well here, landing Kaezon Pugh, Chase Pine, and Elias Reynolds last year, and Cam Bright, Kyle Nunn, and Albert Tucker in this class. But the staff are still attempting to land two elite prospects in Drew Singleton and Nathan Proctor. Singleton, from New Jersey, and Proctor, from Maryland, are big timers that have the ability to start right away at Pitt. Unfortunately, the Panthers aren't leading for either, but they are hanging around, and are involved enough that they could get visits. And with a visit anything is possible. If they don't nab either, they will probably be done at this position, unless you include Connor Heyward, who could end up at this position if he commits. It's still very much up in the air where he would play at Pitt, and it probably wouldn't even be decided until he started practicing.


Safeties: Elite local Paris Ford is already committed, and despite overtures from the likes of Michigan and USC, he is firmly committed to the Panthers. No other safeties are needed in this class.


Cornerbacks: A lot of cornerbacks were brought in since Narduzzi has been at Pitt, but you can never have to many, especially since the ones you have are still suspect. The main prize here is obviously elite local Lamont Wade, who would be Pitt's biggest recruit in many years. If I had to guess I think he will end up at Penn State, but nobody knows yet for sure despite what you hear. If Wade does go elsewhere then it will be even more important to land a few more quality corners. Ambry Thomas and Donovan Johnson are an elite Detroit duo, but both are long shots, especially Thomas. Not as polished yet, but still with a high ceiling are Maryland commit Kenny Bennett, Kentucky commit Michael Nesbitt, and former South Carolina commit Damarri Mathis. Bennett is a big, athletic corner that Pitt has been very fond of for a long time. He is perfect fit for a Narduzzi defense. As is Mathis, who is visiting next weekend. Both are raw, but they are also both big, athletic, and loaded with potential. Nesbitt has a big time offer list, and he's another kid that the Panthers have been enamored with for a long time.







84 comments:

  1. thanks for the update .. looks very promising.

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  2. Anything on special teams? Blewitt gone, Winslow 1 more year.

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  3. Lamont Wade ... crown jewel. Could you comment on a higher upside if he becomes a panther or a lion? Or being a 5 star, he plays 3 years and on to the nfl. Regardless of the institution or coaching philosophy.

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  4. Whatever happened to those Jackson kids from Alderdice?

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  5. Chris, like your insights but have to call you out-do you ever leave your house and actually go to a game and how can you leave the country for 2 weeks during the height of the season. Not trying to be a jerk but these are legit questions for a guy with your credentials.

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    1. That's an easy answer. I announced many years ago that I wasn't doing this like I used to. I even shut down the blog a few times. But enough people asked me to keep doing it that I keep one foot in and have kept my sources. I figured the least I could do was pass along any info I get since I still get a good bit.

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    2. Dokes, I don't care if you post once a month or once every two months the info is worth waiting for. Here in central Pa these blogs are all I get since it's all about Pedo state. Please don't shut down the blog!

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  6. Thanks for the update Chris. Interesting to see college coaches courting the whims of teenagers. Would hate recruiting if I were a coach! Wonder why any top notch college coach would not take a gig in the NFL as soon as possible?

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  7. Much thanks Chris for this and all you do. Love your tweets.

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  8. Chris,

    Are these the same level of recruits we have seen, or has PN succeeded in getting Pitt to another level of athlete? While not having a ton of local success, Pitt seems to be getting lots of visitors from the entire East Coast. The recruiting budget must have tripled.

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    1. He's definitely bringing in better athletes.

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  9. And here too. Always pleased when I see a fresh blog from you.

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  10. Always appreciate your contributions Chris. I find your pieces to be among the best quality info out there. Thank you.

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  11. Great information, thanks for sharing!

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  12. I see a QB from Alabama that started the season for them is looking to transfer too. That's good for Pitt. Another body for all the empty seats. Gives Pitt a better chance to land a transfer (him or the kid from ND).

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  13. Great read Chris I hope you continue sharing your information. I admit to being a PSU fan 1st but I follow Pitt, Temple and Villanova as well. Question for you Chris with the resurgence of PSU, Pitt and to a lesser extent, Temple, in football do you think having strong local programs help the others or hurt the others? I am of the mindset that having strong Pitt, PSU football helps the other as it keeps the national spotlight on the other. Which is why Pitt and PSU should play one another every year. This rivalry leads to more exposure for both programs and now that both programs seem set for success going forward I think this would help both.

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    1. I don't think you'll see PSU eager to play again, and it's for the same reason they didn't want to play before. And that's that they have more to lose.

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  14. Hey Doke -

    Agree with everyone else's comments--I always look forward to new posts on your website. Thanks for delivering great content!

    Question for you: What do you think it takes to flip the switch so that we start landing a few more kids like Garbutt and Proctor with more regularity? And once you clear that hurdle a couple times, does it become easier to do it going forward? Narduzzi has improved recruiting substantially from where it was, but would be nice to have a few more Rivals 250 kids coming in any given class.

    I know that we'll never be Penn State in terms of what they can offer, but it would be nice to be more competitive for elite players.

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    1. Kids choose for different reasons. Sometimes a lot of really good ones line up for you, and other times things happen out of your control when they don't line up for you.

      Also, there's a slight lag from when you start winning and when a higher level of recruits come. And the reason for that is, a school starts having a relationship with the top kids when they are sophomores. So the kids that Pitt are recruiting for this current class, are kids that they started recruiting before they start winning. But with Pitt winning more now, the young kids they are getting involved with now see Pitt as a good team. For that reason, starting next year, Pitt's classes should start to improve.

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  15. Chris - it sounds like Pitt coaches are offering scholarships to a lot of cornerbacks. Is that an indication that they don't think they'll get Wade?

    Joe

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    1. Agreed! Although I think the ones they brought in last year have a ton of potential.

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  16. Doke:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Bo Schneider has left the team?

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    1. It appears so, though I talked to one player on the team yesterday that said he wasn't told anything about it.

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  17. Hey Doke:

    I have a question which puzzled me last season, but even more so this season.

    I worked at Michigan State for six years at the beginning of my career, so MSU is my second favorite college football team after Pitt. So I have followed them with great interest through the years and have been really pleased with Mark Dantonio's success over the past decade. Needless to say, Pat Narduzzi made a huge contribution to that success with his nationally ranked defenses, especially in the last few years he was there. Although Coach Duzz had good defensive teams in the earlier years that he was at MSU, it is not surprising that he did not have the great defenses of the later years since he was working with players inherited from the previous coaching staff. However, even in the earliest years, his pass defenses were no where near the embarrassing level of ineptitude that we have seen since he came to Pitt. I am interested to know why you think this is so.

    Maybe the defensive backs and the front seven were a little better in the early years at MSU than at Pitt, but I doubt that they were that much better. After all, the John L. Smith teams, which preceded Dantonio, lost more than they won. So if the caliber of the players is not the difference, what is it?

    Narduzzi became famous, and even won the Frank Broyles award, based on his press quarters philosophy, which leaves his cornerbacks on an island going one-on-one against outstanding receivers without much, if any, help from the safeties. Did he use press quarters less in the early years at MSU, thus providing more help over the top from the safeties, and then gradually work into the island approach as better cornerbacks, such as Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes, were recruited? And has he tried to force feed 100% press quarters at Pitt too quickly? If this is still the reason, then why did he have such great success with his pass defenses at MSU, but such a lack of success at Pitt?

    By asking this question, I am not trying to knock Coach Duzz. In fact, I am really pleased overall with the marked improvement of Pitt football over the last two years. However, if it weren't for an outstanding offense, especially this year, we wouldn't have seen that success. So why is a coach who came to Pitt as a defensive guru, struggling so mightily to have the defense, particularly the defensive backfield, pull its weight? I would be interested in your take on this, and also your thoughts about this question as it pertains to future years.

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  18. I see the USC transfer is visiting Pitt this weekend. That's three potential QB transfer for Pitt. At this point, you have to assume one of those three will be under center for Pitt next season. It looks like the kid from ND and this kid from USC are the front runners. Which do you like best?

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    1. Zaire would be more of a sure thing but the chances of that seem to be fading. Max Browne has a lot of raw talent but he's never done anything with it in four years in college so it's an unknown what he would do at Pitt.

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  19. Love your articles Chris! Im from miami but went to H.S. at North Catholic. Being from miami its always about the U. When i moved to pittsburgh it bothered me that so many so called yinzers fav. col. football team was psu or nd. Even some wvu miami and fsu fans hear in pittsburgh. I feel young kids around hear arent brought up with any PITT history or even acknowledgment. Therefore most local talent leaves every year. Coach Duzz did a great job last yr. of keeping local talent. Im really excited to see how last years class pans out(love that classPUGHwattsMATHEWSpineHAMLINcolemanHENRYwheelerGARNERmcvittieCAMP)! If PITT could keep, say 3out of 5 of the top WPIAL players and get 3or 4 4* recruits out of state. Coach Duzz can coach up 2 and 3* recruits. So PITT doesnt need top 20 recruiting classes. They just need to keep top local talent(not all) and few top out of state talent and theyll be contending for an ACC CHAMP. every yr. What do you think Chris?

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  20. Big recruiting weekend for Narduzzi and Co. Let's keep piling up the tall, lanky DB's, the OL and the DL. Tall lanky DB's that struggle in coverage as freshman, turn into nice sized OLB's after their first years.

    DL's and OL's are typically close in talent. Their issue is all about desire and you can't teach desire unless you have talented depth. Competition breeds desire. You either rise to the occasion or get lost in the numbers. An example is Michigan and their five DL recruits this year. Harbaugh over recruits in order to drive competition. Competition often gets confused with coaching "up" the players. Coaching up is not the same as coaching desire. When you have six four stars competing for four spots, the coaching up is done internally within those six players. The best players push themselves so that they can see the field.

    This why Foster failed at Bama. He got thrown into a mix of four and five star guys. He couldn't stay on the field and compete. As such, the others beat him out. That's on Foster. Mindset is critical for elite athletes. He chose not to do what he needed to get back to the starting position. As such he needs a change of scenery.

    Miles Sanders is in the same predicament. If all goes according to plan, he will not see meaningful carries until he is a junior. Hopefully he can keep doing the right things and not get passed up while he waits his turn. It is so critical for kids to study the depth chart before they commit to a coach.

    Wade will be the next one. It's a poor decision for him to sit behind multiple four stars at OSU or PSU. He needs to work on his craft as a starter right away. It won't happen at those two schools. Sure, they will get 100k in attendance for the games, but if you are not playing meaningful minutes in the game, who cares! Pitt is the diamond in the rough for so many kids and they don't even know it!

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  21. Any rumors on Wade to Pitt? What about Max Browne?

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    1. Wade is definitely not going to Pitt. Browne is probably waiting to see what happens with Matt Canada.

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    2. so if i read into this right, lsu may be prepared to offer canada about 1.8 mil for 3 years. What does he earn now, and can pitt match that?

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  22. I wish Pitt pulled all of the top local talent, but I am thrilled that they are recruiting nationally. If PN cannot get the locals to commit, they were never going to stay home for college. In previous years this may have been a death blow. This year Pitt is pulling in top rated kids from across the country. I think that this shows how the program has evolved.

    The Real Big Fish

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    1. Pulling in the WPIAL all-star team has never worked well for Pitt, Wanny did that and never really had much success on the field.

      During the glory years Pitt would get the local kids they wanted but more or less recruited the same way they are now. Most of the talent on those teams wasn't WPIAL talent.

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  23. Avonte Maddox leaving program after 3 years? I can't believe it would be for the nfl draft! There must be a more logical reason. Do any of you Pitt junkies have the answer?

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    1. It may be they have enough talented underclassmen at CB now that he might be getting bumped out. If he's already completed undergrad and has a degree, he can transfer and play immediately.

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  24. Loosing bowl game is disappointing to me in this respect. Everytime the program starts to gain momentum, something happens to ruin it. Beat PSU? Then huge defense meltdowns. Bear clemson, lose to a 6-6 team in a bowl.
    Those are these years. I can go back 20 years. Program has never been appreciable better than what Walt Harris had. I mean, to do what he did after Johnny majors was impressive. He was fired, probably correctly, because he could never take that next. But, that next step has never occurred. I think Narduzzi is a good coach and recruiter, but, this class doesn't look as good as last years, and with this loss, I don't see high end recruits jumping on this year.
    Another problem with this team past 20 years is that it has had very offenses and very good defenses, but, never in the same year. I guess you chalk that up to bad luck?
    Personally, next season, I would prefee to go with almost only Narduzzi recruits on defense. Hope upper class man recruits transfer and we put an athletic defense on the field. Let them take their lumps early, but let them grow together. And really, could they possibly be worse than this year's defense???

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    1. Totally agree about how they just never seem to be able to build on positive momentum. Ever. 9-4 and final ranking would've been a pretty satisfying end to the year that looked like it could go bad at 5-4 going into Clemson. 2017 doesn't really look much better. People are already talking about 2018, which is typical Pitt, as I believe they've been "two years away" for about 15-20 years now. I have hope that they could win 9 or 10 games sometime in the near future, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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    2. my early prediction is a 7-6 record. Tough schedule for an average football team. Not pessimistic, just honest imo. I love Pitt, but... Hail to Pitt. Year in and year out, my team.

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    3. Pitt's schedule next year is actually easier.

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    4. I think the defense will be better with the young talent in place and the offense will still be pretty good, so I'm optimistic for 2017.

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  25. Recently noticed that you requested information concerning Machu Pichu. Go when you are young and healthy. It is a wonderful experience. Peru is great! We went with Road Scholar. Oversea Adventure Travel limits group to 16. Would probably be good too. We flew into Cusco (13000 feet) and then they got us out of the elevation as much as they could. We went immediately to the Sacred Valley (7500 feet). Some still had trouble with the elevation. All hotels in Peru must have oxygen - that seemed to help. By the time we returned to Cusco, we were acclimated to the elevation. In the Sacred Valley we stayed in a converted Abbey. It was great!! We took a train to Aguas Calientes (the town below Machu Pichu). We stayed in Inca Terra - it was something else. We had a fireplace in our room, but it was so humid we could not keep the fire burning. We went to Machu Pichu in the morning. Many in our group (older) were played out. We were able to stay for the afternoon. Most tourists had gone and it was a much better experience. The rest of Peru is wonderful too and we enjoyed Lima. Go soon and go often. You cannot drink the water. Don't eat salads. Brush your teeth with bottled water and don't open your mouth in the shower. Our guide was very good at telling us what we could and could not eat. We do not speak Spanish. Some ate local dishes (ceviche) and got sick. We listened to the guide.

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  26. What's your thoughts on Shane Montgomery as Pitt's offensive coordinator?

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  27. Hilarious, I was just thinking about why it was taking so long and who might be out there that we might be waiting for. All of a sudden Shane Montgomery started making a lot of sense and I come here and someone has just asked about him. I don't see pitt going for one of the Clemson OCs. I don't see anyone from Alabama. Unless Bill Obrien takes a huge step down for no reason, I don't know why else this process would be taking so long. I can't imagine that Narduzzi is struggling to find his answer, would seem to me he is waiting on the guy to be able to accept the job. The fact that Montgomery would be the OC/QB coach seems pretty spot on.

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    1. Montgomery is someone that I thought of immediately weeks ago, but I'm thinking that Narduzzi would aim for someone better. And you're assuming that Narduzzi is struggling, which may not be the case at all. He may have already asked somebody and they are thinking it over. If it's someone making a switch from another P5 program, it would be a big decision for that guy.

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  28. Everyone seems to be really high on Browne but remember he doesn't have a lot of real game experience and we he was pulled at USC the offense turned it around.

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    1. That's a good point. Everyone seems encouraged by the fact that the QB that replaced him at USC is very good, but overlooks the fact that if he himself was good, he never would've lost the job in the first place.

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    2. To be honest, I'm not worried about him at all. He wasn't bad in those games. He wasn't great either, but it was tough competition and the whole USC team wasn't great in those games.

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    3. I sure hope he is good, because QB play always seems to be what stops Pitt from getting over the top. Even with that terrible defense, Pitt probably beats both OK st. and UNC if they'd had a QB they trusted more and who played better at the end of the games. To his credit, Peterman played much better in the second half of the year and the offense was great.

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    4. You could have said the same about Peterman as well. Browne does have game experience, which none of the other QB's on the roster have so that's a plus.

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  29. Chances that Paris Ford flips?

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  30. Chris, what are the chances that Ro. Foster ends up transferring to Pitt?

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    1. I never really talked about it over the years because there was no reason to think it would happen. But now it's a possibility.

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  31. Chris, are you concerned that the OC search is taking so long? This has a feel to it like when PC took so long to name his D.C. which ended up with House.
    I'm in Harrisburg and there is nothing here reported on the search.

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    1. Not worried. It's a totally different situation then when House was hired.

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  32. I've been reading where Jeter is not solid on his committ to M. Realistically, does Pitt still have a chance with this kid. Saw him play and he is a beast would be a big get.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that that ship has sailed.

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  33. Hi Chris. I'm going to throw out a wild card name for Pitt OC, Randy Fichtner, Steelers QB coach. He's 53 and if he ever wants to be a HC, this might be his quickest path, much like Scottie Montgomery. Montgomery left as the Steelers WR coach to go to Duke and now is HC at East Carolina after only 3 seasons. Fichtner was the OC at Memphis before coming to the Steelers, so he has college coaching experience. He'd get a bump in pay and not have to move. I just have to believe this it is someone along these lines and that is why HCPN is taking so long to announce who his new OC is going to be.

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    1. That's an interesting concept.

      Has Malik Zaire picked a new school, or is he staying at ND?

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    2. Neither. He's still waiting to see where he wants to go.

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  34. Can we get just a minor article so it's at least dated in 2017 instead of the last one in December?

    Maybe a look at Pitt's hoops roster for next season and who might not be back?

    Thanks.

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    1. I've refrained from basketball articles because it just becomes countless comments about Stallings being awful.

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  35. Stallings has 2 guys right now that can compete game in and game out in the ACC. Other than that he has a few decent players and some guys that are not ready. I think Dixon ran his course at Pitt and his last 2 recruiting classes were horrible. I'm not negative on Stallings, he walked into a bad situation and he has to recruit some guys who are ready to play in the ACC.

    With the talent or lack of on this roster he is doing a decent job. Let's see if he can recruit because Dixon left him very little.

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    1. Dixon's horrible recruiting went past two years, and it's evident by the fact they can only play six kids, four of which are seniors. There is absolutely no depth on this team whatsoever, and that falls on Dixon.

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    2. What is killing this team and makes Stallings' job much tougher is the two guys who'd be coming off the bench and contributing -- Clark and Luther -- are both injured.

      Reports were strong on Clark being a contributor coming into the season. When you add in the seniors' issues on defense and with rebounding, I'm not sure there is much more Stallings can do except maybe ditch his playground offense.

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  36. Anonymous--Don't hold your breath. Even if he improves recruiting it won't matter much, IMHO, because he won't match Duke, UNC, Louisville etc in that department. In addition his 17 year track record at Vandy doesn't indicate he has the ability to coachem' up to perform beyond their talent level. I expect he will be gone after another 2-3 seasons.

    Please don't construe this comment as meaning I believe Dixon should have stayed. It was time; but IMO we didn't get an upgrade. We got at best a caretaker and possibly a downgrade. I hope I am wrong about it.

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  37. Chris, I heard this past weekend was a big weekend for recruits yet no 'Pat Signal'. Do you think the lack of an OC is causing O players to hesitate? I just can't believe PN doesn't have his man and is just waiting to announce for some reason.
    Thanks!

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    1. Pinnock committed today. And not having an OC is not proving to be a problem. They'll probably get the WR they want, and they'll probably get one of the two RBs they want. That's the only offensive players they're trying to land.

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  38. So I continue to see you defend Stallings. Give him a chance, we can't switch him out and get someone better, he hasn't had one of his own recruits in yet. My issue is a downward spiral. First off the fans crapped out because there is no effort being put in. They do not support Stallings team. He has a few decent recruits coming in, but we need to flip over the entire roster and we don't even have a top 40 recruiting class to this point. We are behind both TCU and Vanderbilt, so I don't know how you can spin that. He also hasn't made any progress in the following class, and it is going to be extremely hard to sell these kids when his current team has quit on him and there is no excitement around the program. This year he can sell immediate playing time and hasn't cashed in much for that. I just don't see how there is a quick fix for this. You say it only takes two years, but I think this is a much bigger issue than that. I just hope all of those people who bitched and complained about Dixon realize what they had now. For all his faults, he was far and away a much better coach than Stallings.

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    1. He wasn't my choice but Pitt isn't going to fire him after one year so you can complain about him and me all you want. I'm just telling you the facts.

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  39. Did Pitt's late push for Nathan Proctor make a big enough impression for him to choose Pitt? This may mean nothing but he seems more enthusiastic toward the Hokies in his tweets than when talking Pitt.

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    1. Chris, per your tweet, Proctor is a hokie. So is Garbutt.

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  40. Shai McKenzie on the open market. Not much of a resume. Cal U anyone?

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  41. Alright so how is recruiting going to close. Twyman, Davis and Thomas seem like the three we are waiting for. We have the outstanding Pitt is it which is likely one of them. My guess is we get twyman and Davis on loi and sit around to see if Thomas flips. Maybe a lesser prospect decides to commit, but this seems like what we are waiting to see. Add foster in April and go to work.

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    1. What about Zion Debose?

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  42. Any word on the players who have left the program?

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