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January 17, 2012

Well, it had to happen sooner than later.  PITT has its first defection of the 2012 recruiting class when Dakota Conwell left the fold yesterday.  His 100% commitment to PITT flip-flopped to being 100% committed to Arizona in the course of a two day visit.  We lose a four star LB right after we picked up a non-ranked LB.

That sounds a bit bitter and I’m really not.  This is how things work in the recruiting game. Conwell has now stated that he was ‘feeling’ Arizona for a couple weeks and I believe that.  Graham had recruited him to play either the Spur or the Panther LB position and Chryst will field a traditional 4-3; three LB defense where the LB play is rather confined.

Apparently Conwell wants to freelance a bit more than that entail and RR’s 3-3-5 will fit him better.

Conwell, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, said the 3-3-5 defense that new Arizona defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, formerly of West Virginia, is installing for coach Rich Rodriguez, is a better fit for him than Pitt’s 4-3 under its new coordinator Dave Huxtable.

“I’ll get to play in space a little bit more than I would have at Pitt,” he said. “I will have a little more (pass coverage) responsibilities at Arizona.”

Now I’m no Dick Lebeau but I can’t see how having an extra DB is somehow going to translate to Conwell having more pass coverage responsibilities.  You’d think having one less DB and an extra body on the DL would make that happen more often.

Anyway, there is no doubt in my mind that Chryst & Co. knew this was probably going to happened and with that they made sure that Caprara was onboard.  We’ll see in a couple of years if this was a decent trade off or not.

To be quite honest I thought we’d have lost more than one scholarship by this time anyway and I can’t fault the kid for changing his mind.  I caution PITT fans that this may not be over and we’ll have a few more change thier minds before Feb 3rd.  I hope not but it does usually follow coaching changes.  We’ll pick up some recruits between now and LOI Day also so it will balance out, unlike last year at this time.

We fans have to remember that, especially in PITT’s circumstances right now, these recruits were sold on Todd Graham, his staff and his offensive or defensive systems.  That is a powerful thing to just let drop and some of these kids feel that they were betrayed in some degree and whether we like it or not PITT is involved in that.

Having six HCs in 13 months doesn’t help our cause either.  What recruits and their parents want as much as anything is stability in the university’s coaching ranks.  That way they get what the HC who recruited them promised.  A new HC comes in and all that is out the window.

PITT may always honor recruit’s proffered scholarships, which is a great thing to do, but the new HC is in no way obligated to honor what was offered by the departing HC as an incentive to verbal with PITT.

As to RR or Graham trying to steal our recruits?  I suggest we hold off on complaining about that since PITT is trying to do the same thing to other recruits.  That is the nature of college football recruiting and how the game is played today.  If we don’t get anyone to switch commitments then we can scream about it.

And hold the complaints about “honoring a commitment” by these kids either.  That pretty much pales in comparison to what Todd Graham did at PITT and what happens in any coaching change.  Some recruits commit to the University itself and we are seeing that with the majority of our remaining recruits.  However, some others are looking at football only and this type of move fits their decision making well also.





Well if he wants to play for Dick Rod, he’s not as intellegent as I thought. Of course, when Dick Rod was at Michigan, he wasn’t aware of the NCAA practice time limitations. You’re not allowed to practice more 6 days a week and there is a restriction on the number of practice time hours, because in theory, players in college are supposed to attend classes. I thinks it laughable that Dick Rod fained ignorance when cited for the violation by the NCAA. If there weren’t any restrictions some of these coaches would be working the players every waking hour.

Comment by Justinian 01.17.12 @ 8:48 am

Where are the recruits after last week’s big recruiting week-end! I expected more than one unheralded player. My major concern is that Pitt will try to be a big ten team and get second rate big ten talent. There is no way they compete for recruits with OSU, Wisc., Mich. and yes PSU if they get their act together etc. At least with the spread you could get different types of players to compete at a high level.

Comment by JP 01.17.12 @ 8:49 am

Where are the recruits after last week major recruiting week-end. I expected more than one unheralded recruit to commit on Sunday evening or yesterday. I am afraid that Pitt will now try to be a Big Ten type team and will get second rate Big Ten talent. How can you compete in recruiting with OSU, Wisc., Mich. and yes even PSU if they get their act together. Visit a game day at one of those schools and why would you want to play at Heinz in front of 40,000 or less. At least with the spread you can recruit different type players to compete at a high level. I will wait and see but I am afraid that this will end up being another Wanny type program.

Comment by JP 01.17.12 @ 8:55 am

If he want’s to play for Rich Rod, then he’s not as bright as I thought he was. Rich Rod was cited by the NCAA for violating the NCAA rules on the number of hours of practice time. It was from his players that the NCAA was called. Of course Rich Rod pleaded his ignorance. NCAA rules prohibit practice more than 6 days a week and there is a restriction on the number of hours allowed. Some of these coaches would work them every wking hour if they could get away with it. In theory the players are supposed to go to class.

Comment by Justinian 01.17.12 @ 9:46 am

Conwell’s father played with RichRod, the move isn’t a surprise. Nationally – recruits are moving all over the place due to coaching changes.

Comment by markp 01.17.12 @ 9:50 am

The kid developed a personal relationship with Gibson, that usually carries through.

Funny thing, when he committed to Pitt his HS coach (Render) sort of made a few statements that put a damper on it.

I think Render has a problem with Pitt, not a lot of USC kids end up as Panthers. Just an observation.

Comment by Jim from Dallas 01.17.12 @ 10:05 am

I was listening to a radio interview right after Graham was fired and Conwell’s dad called as an anonymous caller, asking if his son could get his recruiting visit to not count against the 5 max because he was mislead into visiting. The radio host immediately picked up on the fact that his son was Dakota and the father started stammering and beating around the questions. Right away, I knew this was no good. Sorry to see you go. Can’t blame the kid.

Comment by Todd Gack 01.17.12 @ 10:18 am

Shame to lose Conwell, but crap happens when coaches change. Don’t we know it? Hopefully, this is it for any major loses and Chryst actually changes the minds of some top recruits that he had coming in at Wisconsin as well as some others.

BTW, check out the following:
link to foxsportsarizona.com

“All three of my kids went to Pittsburgh and said, ‘I don’t want to live here, dad.’ It wasn’t because of the people. There were great people there, we worked our tail off and did some great things. I’m proud that they asked me to take over a program that had been on the front page of Sports Illustrated with the most criminalities in the country and we did some good things there, but they just didn’t like it there.

(ASU) was a deal that I did not plan. It was an opportunity of a lifetime that just came up for me. I’ve got a responsibility to my family to take care of them.”

I understand the reponsiblity to his family, but he also had a professional and personal responsibility to the Pitt football team and university when he signed a contract here. He should have made sure it was the right move for his family before taking the job here. And having a con man bring up “criminalities” made me throw up in my mouth a little. I think the ASU supporters out there are realizing that they got a flim flam man. Hope he falls on his face. BTW, please take part in the poll question on that webpage that I posted. :-)

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.17.12 @ 10:19 am

On a radio interview right after Graham was fired, Conwell’s dad called as an anonymous caller, asking if his son could get his recruiting visit to not count against the 5 max because he was mislead into visiting. The radio host immediately picked up on the fact that his son was Dakota and the father started stammering and beating around the questions. Right away, I knew this was no good. Sorry to see you go. Can’t blame the kid.

Comment by Todd Gack 01.17.12 @ 10:19 am

Shame to lose Conwell. You’ll have this sh*t when there’s coaching changes. We certainly know what that’s like already. Hope this is the last of any major loses. This kid from Woodland Hills may turn out to be a diamond in the ruff. I’m still hoping that Mason makes a miraculouus comeback next season.

BTW, check out this garbage:
link to foxsportsarizona.com

“All three of my kids went to Pittsburgh and said, ‘I don’t want to live here, dad.’ It wasn’t because of the people. There were great people there, we worked our tail off and did some great things. I’m proud that they asked me to take over a program that had been on the front page of Sports Illustrated with the most criminalities in the country and we did some good things there, but they just didn’t like it there.

(ASU) was a deal that I did not plan. It was an opportunity of a lifetime that just came up for me. I’ve got a responsibility to my family to take care of them.”

I understand his responsibility to his family, but he took on a professional & personal responsibility to the University of Pittsburgh Football team when he signed a contract here. He should have made sure his family was going to be comfortable here. But we all know this is B.S. anyhow. I hope the ASU supporters are realizing that they hired a flim flam man. Had to laugh at the “criminalities” comment coming from a con man. I really hope he falls on his face out there. ASU should have done their homework. Oh yeah, make sure you take the Rodriquez/Graham poll on that webpage. :-)

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.17.12 @ 10:31 am

Caprara Can Play.

Comment by 63Team 01.17.12 @ 10:32 am

I get that kids can change their minds and decommit especially with all that has gone on at Pitt in the past year. What I am concerned about is that we have had one or two decommits so far and only one unrated new recruit. Is anyone on this staff doing any recruiting? If so, where are the results?

Comment by Houston Panther 01.17.12 @ 10:47 am

Chris Dokish posted on his blog that Pitt is looking at Andrew Young a 6’9″ juco Basketball player who runs the court well and has a good jump shot. He plays at Monterey Peninsula College and is getting a lot of interest from major programs.

Comment by Justinian 01.17.12 @ 10:56 am

I do get that kids can change their minds and decommit especially with all that has gone on at Pitt in the past year. What I am concerned about is that we have had one or two decommits so far and only one unrated new recruit. Is anyone on this staff doing any recruiting? If so, where are the results?

Comment by Houston Panther 01.17.12 @ 12:00 pm

I wish the kid luck…It is a personal decision that he made…I’d rather celebrate the players that we have than berate the players that we do not have.

Comment by HbgFrank 01.17.12 @ 12:29 pm

no sour grapes, but we will survive losing a 3 star who ran a 4.6-5.0 40 recruited by Temple, MD, us & Dickrod. Pitt is a great school.Go West young man. I’ll take the WH kid Caprara at MLB.

Comment by bossdaws 01.17.12 @ 12:46 pm

sportsbybrooks: If Im parent of high school QB in demand, my kid doesnt commit before taking an official to Pitt & sitting down w/ Paul Chryst.
Retweeted by Chris Dokish

That says something doesn’t it. i think we are going to be in good shape at Pitt in the upcoming years. Very excited about Coach Chryst, seems like we got the right man on the job; it will be interesting how this round of recruiting goes and how next year is.

Comment by pittisit37 01.17.12 @ 12:59 pm

REad this on twitter by sportsbybrooks: If Im parent of high school QB in demand, my kid doesnt commit before taking an official to Pitt & sitting down w/ Paul Chryst.
Retweeted by Chris Dokish

I think that says a lot about Pitt’s Coach Chryst. I think we are going to be in good shape and heading in a great direction. It will be exciting to see how recruiting pans out this year and the product that is put on the field next year. After getting the life and spirit zapped out of me this year by the graham satanic regime I am excited again for next year.

Comment by henryhudson37 01.17.12 @ 1:03 pm

no sour grapes here, but we will survive losing a 3 star who ran a 4.6-5.0 40 at 210, and was being recruited by Toledo, Temple, MD, us & Dickrod. As the Rev said, go West young man. I’ll take the all time tackler from Woody High Caprara at MLB in PC’s 4-3 D.

Comment by bossdaws 01.17.12 @ 1:16 pm

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Comment by Tonyinhouston 01.17.12 @ 1:25 pm

Granted my response has nothing to do with football, but if anyone’s looking to blow off some steam and mock his unintelligence, here’s the transcribed text of a radio interview with Khem Birch regarding his decision to transfer to UNLV.
link to pittsburgh.rivals.com

Comment by MikeZimmerman 01.17.12 @ 2:02 pm

I can understand kids changing their minds especially with all that has gone on a Pitt in the past few months. I am concerned though that Chryst has not been bringing in a bunch of new recruits. Is there anyone on this staff who can recruit?

Comment by Houston Panther 01.17.12 @ 2:51 pm

I really hope someone explains to Conwell that while there may be a 4 to 1 ratio of women to dudes at Zona, the D-coordinator there has yet to develop an NFL linebacker during his time at Michigan and WVU, and the next linebacker to go from a 3-3-5 to the NFL will be the first. Hope he enjoys getting girls for 4 years because he won’t be enjoying NFL groupies.

Comment by David G. 01.17.12 @ 3:02 pm

pankey is gone also two down.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 3:03 pm

Houston panther i am sure they are looking at new kids but they are sure tight liped nothing leaks out.
i was at a penn state site this morning they say who there new coach has made offers to who he wants to come for a vist who might be leaveing etc sure wish our sites were more open like theres.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 3:10 pm

as far as conwell what can you say .
are new DC was voted best LB coach of the year.
and conwell goes to AZ it is his loss

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 3:15 pm

and pankey is not thinking OL have goin to wisconsin for years becuse they made good pro line men there.

well guess what thoes OL coachs that made thoes pro line men are now coaching at pitt
he needs to use his brain and wake up.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 3:21 pm

There is a link on the Rivals Pantherlair site that hints that Adam Pankey may now be considering WVU. Anyone know anything about this?

Comment by JCE 01.17.12 @ 3:26 pm

Frank, he is still considering pitt slong with wvu and youd think, with him being more of a long-term project, that hed want to go to a school with a former nfl o line coach and a coach who has churned out all american and pro o linemen. If he decides to go to wvu thats his fault i would say thats stupid but who knows whats going through his mind.

Comment by Pk 01.17.12 @ 3:28 pm

Jce, he is considering both pitt and wvu he is not committed to pitt anymore

Comment by Pk 01.17.12 @ 3:29 pm

it depends on what site the one i was on said he was goin to WVU but i saw the outher the point is he is not ours as of now

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 3:34 pm

Things should be interesting come February 1st.

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.17.12 @ 4:08 pm

every thing we have found out for days we have found ourselves so i ask what good is ZEISE he is MIA agein.
dockish is on the ball were is ZEISE who knows.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 4:10 pm

For those wondering about last weeks recruiting visits, 6 of the 8 were already committed, jj denman, from what dokish heard enjoyed it but is visiting wisconsin this weekend do well have to see, and i havnt heard anything from the other one

Comment by Pk 01.17.12 @ 4:23 pm

If I had my “druthers” I’d rather NOt read anymore about “High Octane” Graham or Messers: Birch, Gibson, Novell, Randolph, Dews or even RichRod who has a PR problem, BIG TIME in Michigan,West Virginia and Pennsylvania. THey are history now. They are like a bad dream. Let’s look to the future. How ’bout some stories about Pitt’s new grid assistants or how the Pitt hoopsters are improving over the last two tough away games. I’ll even venture a prediction that the Pamthers will defeat Louisville and the “godfather” on Saturday night. Rev. George in Columbus

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 01.17.12 @ 4:27 pm

I think Tony Gibson had his sites on Conwell back when he was at Michigan, and likewise, Conwell was looking to play for his dad’s teammate at WVU.

Look at this way .. we got 2 or 3 Michigan transfers from Michigan who may well work out for Pitt.

Not sure how Render feels about Pitt but I do know the USC AD is a big PSU fan; but doubt that he would try to talk anyone from attending the school of his choice

Comment by wbb 01.17.12 @ 4:29 pm

JP as mediocre as Pitt was with Dave here, one thing was true, he did get good classes even though he ran a very Big Ten-ish offense. So the players are always there, regardless of stadium size, it’s the coaching staff, the results on the field and development that truly woo the kids.
I’m ecstatic about only losing Conwell to this point, when Fraud left I was sure that was the the kiss of death to our top end recruits. Alas, I was wrong, and for that, I am happy.

Comment by pittpanther062 01.17.12 @ 4:56 pm

j j denman may like wisconsin and if he does ok
but if he was going there to become a great OL men
than he should stay with us becuse the man that made there OL great is now at PITT.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 5:26 pm

Frank, i agree. I think that pitt has a good shot at him. From what dokish said, wisconsin will try to guilt him into stsying committed but he already decommitted from psu. I know that was a different situation but odds are when he left his first choice in psu, he went to wisconsin because of the coaches. If so, pitts got a great shot. Obviously that was part of it because he visited pitt but either way chrysts got a shot

Comment by Pk 01.17.12 @ 5:40 pm

little off topic, but does anyone know the chances of Mason being back this year?

Comment by Kevin 01.17.12 @ 5:58 pm

Frank–you have a mancrush on Paul Zeise don’t you?! ;)

Comment by JCE 01.17.12 @ 6:01 pm

I wouldn’t be too concerned with either of these two kids. Worrying about any of this crap is ridiculous. There are plenty of kids around to replace these two, and who knows another Dion Lewis & Greg Romeus is out there somewhere.

As someone use to say, Good Bye, Good Night & Good Luck. Or as I like to say….Adios.

Comment by Emel 01.17.12 @ 6:11 pm

AMF!!

Comment by Dan 72 01.17.12 @ 6:21 pm

Rev. George:
You must have gone to Peabody with Frank Gorshen. I followed you and we beat Westinghouse thanks to Al Jacks.

Comment by letterman 01.17.12 @ 6:27 pm

Jce no i would just like him to do his job and cover pitt or give it to some one who will

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 6:38 pm

Who cares if a few guys de-commit many of these guys don’t pan out. I wish them well. You play for 4/5 years in college go where you want to go. And these sites like Rivals and their star system is pure guess work…go to Rivals and look at past classes at Pitt and look at 4 star recruits that didn’t work out or 2 or 3 that actually were good players.
Flacco was a 3 star that is a starter in the NFL and could be playing the SuperBowl.
Rashaad Jennings was a 2 star recruit that started as a freshman and is a back up running back in Jacksonville.
Revis was a 3 star … that was accurate?
Dion Lewis 3 star … not a bad college career
Gruber was a 2 star … a good college football player
HB Blades and Clint Sessions both 3 star were great players and Sessions signed a contract with Jacksonville for 5 years last year for $30M…
And the list goes on and on…
The thing I want to see is how well PC and the coaching staff coach our existing talent. The cupboard is not empty. Except for South Florida Pitt looked bad in almost every game especially on offense. There were periods of time in a game we just disappeared. That is coaching. Boise St rarely gets a 4 star recruit and they win, look good and the schedule is slightly easier than the Big East. That is coaching.
Good coaches like good managers make their talent better. I’m excited to see if PC and staff can do that at Pitt. Then we will win games and get the recruits.

Comment by danj 01.17.12 @ 7:22 pm

letterman, you are CORRECT, Sherlock. Actually I was two years ahead of Frank, who was incomparable as a commic and mimmick. Peabody was a great sports school in both football and basketba;;. Not bad in volleyball or swimming either. I weep for dear old Peabody. Glag to hear from you “letterman” Blog more often, please. Rev. George in Columbus. P.S. I think wbb is right on with his Gibson-Conwell revelation. It is Gibson who is an ace recruiter and should not be allowed near Pitt’s recruits.

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 01.17.12 @ 7:23 pm

think abought this QB Dayne Crist transferd from ND becuse they did not run a pro system and he did not fit.
and to day gunner kiel the number 1 pro type QB
in this class signs with ND makes no sence.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.17.12 @ 7:27 pm

Frankcan,

Not too worried. The recruiting class will shape up. Nothing is set in stone with kids of this age being pulled every which way. They have even more uncertainty than we do.

Don’t expect recruiting scoops from Zeise or other beat reporters. That’s not their job. Chas has explained this on here several times in the past. Very few (if any) newspapers in college towns cover recruiting scoops the way you would like. The best recuiting scoops are on pay sites like you research or through someone who ike Dokish.

If you want Zeise to cover Pitt more, try emailing the PG that request and see how far it gets you. Pitt just isn’t their priority.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 01.17.12 @ 8:02 pm

Didn’t that Kiel kid commit to Indiana, then LSU, and now ND.

Comment by winedogs 01.17.12 @ 10:08 pm

The kid from USC is about to learn that the only time he will see RR is on media day. RR has no time for defense and his D in the otherwise average offense laden Big Ten was…well, it was “offensive”.
This kid just joined the AZ track team…he will be trying to catch up to speedsters from all over in practice. Point blank, the kid was the second best QB at USC. He will not start in college. Hope he goes to class…that is what it is really all about anyway as 99 out of 100 are finished after college.
As Sir Paul once wrote “you don’t know how lucky you are boy, back in the US, back in the US, back in the USSR (USC)”

Comment by SFPitt 01.18.12 @ 2:37 am

Winedogs, yea he just committed to lsu a month ago but flipped to nd because his mom begged him to so he could be close to home( he lives in indiana). The kids a tease

Comment by Pk 01.18.12 @ 6:22 am

Kevin, even though Mason was on the sidelines at summer camp last year and play a down or two he wasn’t able to suit up at all in 2011. Personally, I doubt he’ll play much if at all in 2012.

I say that for two reasons; Mason’s injury was so severe, not just an ACL tear, that it will be hard to come back to form. Secondly, I wonder if he hasn’t been somewhat recruited over with the LBs we have playing now. Other PITT fans disagree with me on this but with Todd Thomas, LaQuentin Smith and Ejuan Price as the returning starters for 2012 we have a great group of young guys who have already produced with a year of full time experience.

Mason will have to comeback at 100% at least to be able to break into Huxtable’s defense I think especially because this staff didn’t recruit Mason and have no ties to him other than a roster spot.

I may be a bit pessimistic here, I hope he comes back like gangbusters but I’ll have to see it to believe it.

Comment by Reed 01.18.12 @ 6:27 am

It is very possible, and in fact probable, that Mason will never return to form … if at all. However. if he does come back 80-90%, he will be given every chance to play.

This is a guy who won BE weekly defneisve honors in his 3rd game as a frosh vs Navy ..(of course, he struggled the following week vs Russell Wilson) .. but he is known as an emotional leader; you may remember how down his teammates were when he was injured.

Although the 3 LBs listed above have shown at times to be skilled (and don’t forget Shame Graham and Nich Griglesby who may get much PT), Mason looked like he was going to be something special … in the Tire Bowl vs UNC, he played OLB for the 1st time and had a good game including an INT.

I wouldn’t give up on him just yet (but probably just wishful thinking.)

Comment by wbb 01.18.12 @ 7:19 am

I meant Shane Gordon (wonder if ‘Shame Graham’ was a Freudian slip)

Comment by wbb 01.18.12 @ 7:58 am

He should play for Arizona because the 3-3-5 alignment is all the rage in the NFL nowadays!

Comment by Pittastic 01.18.12 @ 8:48 am

As for Birch. He better develop some inside moves because the NBA is not just a run up and down league. Good luck in UNLV, but I know PITT will be fine.

Comment by Pittastic 01.18.12 @ 8:59 am

Bowling Green Panther i dont use pay sites what
info i get i get the hard way

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.18.12 @ 9:32 am

Houston Panther put this on post is there any one
on staff who can recruit.
i would say yes but it is who they are recruiting that has me a little worryed ryan lewis
a rb with no stars a nother nr try talking to some 3 or 4 stars insted of all these NR kids

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.18.12 @ 9:39 am

Who says they can’t recruit?

Comment by giveitarest 01.18.12 @ 9:49 am

pk dont you find it ironic one leaves becuse he did not fit the system so he says and 2 or 3 years ago he was the number what 2 or 3 rated pro
QB in his class and this year they sign the number one pro QBin this class how will he fit any better.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.18.12 @ 10:23 am

Frankcan, I am concerned about the silence coming from Pitt about their recruiting successes. I would say that recruiting a nr player is not much of a success.
Something else I don’t understand is the move to the 4-3. From what I understand the 3-3-5 has been most successful in stopping the spread. The spread is run by a lot of ACC teams so why move away from it?

Comment by Houston Panther 01.18.12 @ 11:18 am

Houston panther abought recruiting i am with you dont know what is up with the NR thing may be they are haveing a hard time with the 3 or 4 stars
after all only one of new coachs was known as a good recruitier.

as far as the defence that is what they ran in wisconsin and they are very good at it so you have to let them run what they know and are good at 4 line men 3 LB it is there D you have to trust them.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.18.12 @ 11:45 am

Losing the Conwell commitment is addition because of subtraction. If his father played at WVU there must be a reason that he did not even get a phone call from the Mountaineers. If you accumulate yardage stats Rivals will give a player 3 stars but it really doesn’t mean much unless it is backed up with speed, strength and size. Again, this is a plus for Pitt.

Comment by move_on 01.18.12 @ 10:22 pm

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