Coaching Points: 2014 Class

Joe Rudolph talks about the importance of signing prospects from Western PA, Matt House gives us some insight on the signing of Avonte Maddox and Brooks Bollinger takes us through the evaluation of a quarterback.

Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph wouldn't go as far to tell us who his favorite recruit of the 2014 class is, or whose letter drummed up the biggest roar.

You could sense his overall enthusiasm in talking about the local standouts who chose to stay home and go to Pitt, specifically linemen such as Michael Grimm and Alex Bookser.

Matt House has done a pretty good job luring some recruits from the state of Michigan. Last year, he recruited defensive end Luke Maclean to Pittsburgh. This year, he doubled up on those numbers, adding Avonte Maddox and Connor Hayes--the first overall player to commit to the 2014 class.

Maddox, for example, may only be listed at 5-9. House says there's lots of reasons to be excited about what he can do when he gets here.

Last and certainly not least, the quarterback position. Up until yesterday, Pitt had two quarterback commits. Wade Freebeck flipped, and decided to sign with Vanderbilt.

But that certainly doesn't deter this staff's hope in Adam Bertke. Consider this. Bertke suffered a broken wrist during his team's playoff run. Bertke injured himself while playing defense.

The Pitt staff is hardly concerned about Bertke's injury. In fact, as you'll hear from Bollinger, they're impressed with what he did with the injury, and how he responded. You'll get an idea of this staff's philosophy in terms of recruiting quarterbacks.

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