Rumor has it that Pitt is recruiting
a few linebackers from Florida.
Can you give us any inside scoop on them?
GURU: Shane Gordon and Austin Gamble
two kids from Cypress
Bay, the same
school that produced Buddy Jackson. The staff seems pretty high on these two as
is the case with most Florida kids
you wait to see if they camp or take an official before you try and decipher
their interest level.
Bob your best estimate of how
PITT's class will look position wise.
GURU: I'm going to use the usual 18
or so scholarships.
QB, 2-RB, 1-FB, 1/2
TE, 2-WR, 2/3 OL, 3 DL, 2- LB, 3/4 DB.
If as expected LeSean McCoy would
depart, you can expect Pitt to try and bring in two running backs. Quarterback
is not a glaring need, but I'd expect them to at least bring in one. Conredge Collins will be leaving, that leaves you with Henry Hynoski and Shane Brooks at
fullback. They need to add depth there. I'd expect them to get DeCicco, so I
would assume they may pursue another blocking tight end. The offensive line is
actually deeper than it has been in a long time. If they can add two to three
more solid contributors this could be a special group. The defensive line is as
good as it has been in a long time, but it could use an infusion of youth.
Linebacker depth will be ok, but it can always be better. You can never have
enough good defensive backs. The depth at safety is non-existent so I'd expect
them to add a few bodies there.
Is there any chance that one of the
two local tall tackles, John Wetzel or Adam Gress, gets a Pitt offer soon?
What are your opinions on these two?
GURU: I would offer Wetzel on
potential alone. Kids who are 6-foot-7 who can move and are nasty are a rarity
and he fits the bill. Gress I have not seen at tackle, just as a tight end. He
was a big, athletic kid at tight end. I would assume they'd try to bring both
kids in for camp.
I understand that Pitt has a small
number of scholarships available for next recruiting year. Some Pitt fans are
concerned that Pitt has no commitments while OSU and WVU, for instance, are off
to a good start, while some of the better prospects in Western Pa. have
committed elsewhere. Do you think that the Pitt staff is taking it slowly and
giving out fewer offers or are the next commits just taking it slowly? I am
wondering if Pitt's approach is a little different this year.
GURU: It seems as though every year
people get concerned with the number of available scholarships, yet the staff
finds a way to sign 20 players. I doubt this year is the exception. I'd still
figure around 18 ships. I think it is two-fold. The staff may be going at a
slower pace because expectations are high and if they can compete for a
conference title and BCS bid, then obviously you become more attractive to
higher profile recruits. I am sure that a lot of kids are taking a cautious look
at Pitt right now. Three losing seasons and a lot of coaches probably telling
kids Dave Wannstedt is possibly on the hot seat. I would expect a few verbals
the next two months. Now if it hits August and there are no verbals, then I
would worry. You are seeing a lot of coaching staffs doing things in a lot more
aggressive manner and it seems like Pitt is not, so we'll see what the end
result is and we'll judge them. The biggest problem I see is the "Saban Rule"
that kept head coaches off the road during the May evaluation period. For a
school like Pitt who relies so much on the ability of its head coach to recruit,
it is crippling. You have to rely more on your assistants and in a year with so
much turnover on the staff, it has hurt the Panthers.
Any good prospects in New York
that Pitt is going after?
GURU: I have heard they were looking
at the running back from Indian River Curtis Dukes and possibly a lineman from
Christian Brothers Academy.
Are there any prospects that Pitt
would take the time to look at in WPIAL class AAA this year other than Brock DeCicco?
GURU: They offered E.J. Banks. They
may possibly take a closer look at Pat Eger if he camps there. AAA doesn't seem
to be very deep in talent. If you consider the City League AAA I'd say Pierre Carr from Peabody who is a big time sleeper who transferred from the state of
recently won the PIAA gold in the 100 meters.
TheMcKillopsRule: Justin Gildea put up nice numbers at the Combine and
likes Pitt. Is he a good football player and do you think he will get an offer?
GURU: I don't see it happening. I
would think he'd be a possible MAC or possible service academy type guy, unless
he comes to camp and kills it.
How good is Pete White, the guard
Pitt has offered from Tony Tuckers former high school?
GURU: Pete White is very good and
the closer he gets to 300-pounds the better he will become. White was up to
around 350 pounds at one point. He is hovering around 325/330 right now and
looks very good. We hope to see him next week at our
Do you see Todd Thomas moving to
another position in college
GURU: Thomas is versatile. He is
primarily a running back in high school and I can't see him doing that in
college. I think he'll be a wide receiver or defensive back.
How long before the Pa. top 55 will
GURU: I want to wait until after
next Tuesday's combine in
I can see a few more kids.
JaronBrownMythManLedgend: What are Pitt's chances of landing Dan Mason?
GURU: I think their chances are very
good. Mason has said from day one that he wanted to stay close to home and he
said that Pitt, Penn
were the three he was considering. He has really never acted like he wanted to
visit anywhere else and he seems content with that
Do you think even with an OSU offer in hand that Corey Brown will still come to
Pitt? Or is OSU a done deal and only a matter of time before he announces for
Brown seems to want to take his time, which is not a bad thing if you're Pitt.
three cornerbacks the same time as Brown and it was right after Darrell Givens
had decommitted. Brown was ecstatic with the offer, but I still think he waits,
just because they made him wait and I still don't think he knows where he wants
to go yet.
Do You see Pitt offering a scholarship to a punter this year with Dave Brytus
being a senior?
GURU: It makes sense, but everyone
wants a kicker or punter for free. Most of the walk-on guys out there are just
as good as the scholarship type guys, unless it is a Kevin Harper or Brandon Walker type prospect that is a difference maker. Special teams are so important,
but it still gets overlooked. I'm guessing that if they see someone during their
specialist camp that blows them away they may offer. Plus the kicking camps like
Jamie Kohl's are just finishing or starting, so I would suspect they'll get
evals on guys from camps as well and then decide.
rkohberger: Why was Dale put on sabbatical?
GURU: I think everyone knows the
answer to that and it really does anyone any good to bring it up. Dale has
learned a lesson and he is an important member of this site. He'll be back in
action very soon.
Do you think that Pete White out
of Washington, DC will be Bryan B's first big get for the Panthers?
GURU: I think Pitt has a great shot
at him, but I just have a funny feeling that Duron Harmon could be that first
guy. I could be wrong and he could have a great poker face, but he just seems to
get excited when he talks about
PittFan7: Will the 2010 WPIAL
class be a lot deeper than 2009? Off the top of your head are there any
prospects that really stand out?
GURU: It is not even close in my
opinion. The 2010 class will rival the 2008 class, which was outstanding. There
are several kids who standout from what I have seen so far. Paul Jones the
quarterback from Sto-Rox, Jordan Paskorz from Hampton, Manessah Garner from
Brashear, Mike Hull from Canon-McMillan, Kevin Weatherspoon from Clairton,
Brandon Ifill from Penn Hills, D.J. Meyers and Jeff Knox from Pittsburgh Central
Catholic are all great players who have big time potential.
How many offers has Pitt officially
extended? How many of the kids offered have committed elsewhere?
By our list we have 70 offers and it is usually pretty close, we're usually
within ten. Of the 70 we count 17 that have committed to another school, so far.
pacoach: Could you see Harper being Pitt's kickoff man this year, or will
Wannstedt let Dave Brytus kick off one more year, so as to not waste Harper's
red shirt year?
GURU: I don't think Wannstedt can
afford to save a player who can help his team win now. Harper has an outstanding
leg and Brytus has not been a real solid option on kick-off's. Field position
means a lot and this is an area that the Panthers can ill-afford to struggle in.
Lee is a great kicker, but his game is limited to inside 48-yards, Harper is a
weapon from 65-yards and in, so that also adds another dimension to the special
What are the chances this recruiting
class will finish lower that 50th?
GURU: Judging by what Rutgers and
West Virginia are doing in the conference, the Panthers have a lot of catching
up to do, but also remember they are still in on a lot of top end talent such as
Tyrone Ezell, Juantez Hollins, Brock DeCicco, Todd Thomas, Corey Brown, etc…Wannstedt
has proven that he can recruit, this year we may get to see just how good, but
the chips are stacked against him right now. I would definitely say they may not
finish in the top 25 for the first time in Wannstedt's tenure, but there is a
long way to go before signing day.
Chances we land both Ezell and
GURU: I think it is a very realistic
possibility. Hollins has camped at Pitt since he was a freshman. Ezell has a
great relationship with Greg Gattuso and Gattuso always lands his share of
"In Your Grill" question of the week:
Are there any kids on our radar, or
vice versa, that have that infectious Saddler/Shady/Dickerson personality that
really pulls in other recruits on visits?
GURU: I really haven't seen it yet.
Logan Heastie and Tahj Boyd are those types of guys and you can see the effect
it is having with West Virginia and their class. Corey Brown is a calmer guy,
but he'll talk to kids and you can bet that Shady and Saddler will still play an
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