Bit of a lost weekend. No snow or anything like that, but just a bunch of things that had to be done outside and inside the house all weekend. As much as I try to get everything done by football season, there are always at least a few things that I have to wait to do — raking leaves, clearing out the garden, pretending I want to spend time with my kids. That’s why the open weekend is good. It also meant staying off the computer for most of the weekend. Kind of needed after the constant monitoring of expansiopocolypse news and Pitt’s midweek game. A bit of a recharge.
But there are comings and goings.
Any offensive lineman commit is good news at this point. Pitt is hurting for competent bodies — well just hurting in general. As it stands, Pitt will lose three offensive linemen to graduation — Jordan Gibbs, Greg Gaskins and Lucas Nix — and Chris Jacoobson would have been done after this year. His season ending injury early in the season, however, appears to have him poised for the rare 6th year. Still, it is without question that Pitt needs offensvie linemen committing.
Over the weekend, Pitt added the third offensive lineman to the 2012 class in Adam Pankey.
Pitt received a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Adam Pankey, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound three-year starter at Hamilton (Ohio) High School.
Pankey was selected to the Greater Miami all-conference team three times while playing in Ohio’s largest classification.
My, he’s a big one.
Pankey is ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com. ESPN.com (Insider subs) goes with 2-stars (scoring at 73). I think the 320 pounds listed by the Trib is a typo. Pankey is listed at 300 by Scout.com and ESPN.com. Rivals.com says 290. His height is probably about there as ESPN.com says 6-4, while Rivals.com and Scout.com say 6-5.
Pankey’s best offers besides Pitt included WVU, Illinios and Louisville. Pankey is a project. He is not expected to come in immediately and help, but there is hope with him, from the ESPN.com evaluation:
With improved explosion along with a more dominant nasty attitude this player should be able to make all the run blocks at the next level. His arm length and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection. Although we like his ability to bend and play flat footed his overall base will need to improve. Initial punch, location and extension will need refinement. Pankey is a developmental size prospect with enough athleticism to suggest potential as a late blooming BCS player.
Almost certain that Pankey will redshirt. Build up his strength and explosiveness.
You know what would be nice? To someday be more worried about recruiting at a position other than O-line. Oh, now the D-line is going to get shallower?
In a surprise, but without any details Pitt quietly dismissed a player from the team. Kevin Adams was dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Adams had pushed into the linebacker rotation, despite constantly being shuffled from offense (fullback) to defense (outside linebacker). There was positive talk about his play, and even as Juan Price has hit a wall, and Todd Thomas was injured. Don’t know what he did, but it must have been more than being late for team meetings.
Tino Sunseri was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Wait. That cant’ be right? That totally should have been Mark Myers’ award if Coach Todd Graham would just give him a chance.