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January 25, 2012

Pitt Adds a Semi-Legacy

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 12:07 pm

Does the nephew of a Pitt great count as a legacy?’s recruiting aggregation says yes (Insider subs). Tim Lewis’ nephew Ryan Lewis has verbaled to Pitt after a late pursuit of the cornerback. Ryan’s dad, Will Lewis — also a former NFL player — is the VP of Football Ops for the Seattle Seahawks.

Ryan and his father were at Pitt this past weekend on a visit. The father liked the visit a lot, because the visit was low key.

Will Lewis said his son, who has offers from Pitt, Colorado and Utah, was impressed by the visit to the Oakland campus for at least one significant reason — Chyrst didn’t pressure him into making an immediate decision.

“He wanted (Ryan) to take it back home and kick it around a little bit,” the elder Lewis said. “He told him, `Talk it over and weigh your options a little bit and if you are able to make a verbal, we will go from there.’ ”

Will Lewis said that was a departure from other schools’ take-it-or-leave-it approach.

You know. Laid-back. “We’ll talk later. It’s chill, bro.” Like two days after leaving an assistant shows up at your door laid-back. Matt House, the secondary coach, flying across the country to visit him in Washington to nail down the verbal.

Lewis is a 2- or 3- or unstarred/not evaluated (Insider subs) recruit. But he obviously has solid bloodlines and hopefully is a bit of a sleeper. Have to assume the Pitt coaches saw something they liked to spring for sending one of their coaches to Seattle and back on such short notice.


Lewis is a 3-star corner.


Solid Blood lines….

That is soo funny, I saw someone said this about the kid.

Its a PR/Alumni move, a good one though.

PC knows what he is doing…

He better have a couple OL’s up his sleeve too

Comment by Yup 01.25.12 @ 12:17 pm

A question, is Paul Zeise still covering Pitt football? I noticed his blog was gone from the PG site?

Comment by Jim from Dallas 01.25.12 @ 12:18 pm

*Someone else*

Comment by Yup 01.25.12 @ 12:18 pm

six one 185 4.4 40 we can always use fast corners

Comment by George H 01.25.12 @ 12:20 pm

Welcome Ryan to the Pitt family.

JP – you’re next.

Comment by TX Panther 01.25.12 @ 12:41 pm

The cynical side of me would wonder why he didn’t get an offer from UWash or Wash St. The other side is to not look at a gift horse …

Comment by wbb 01.25.12 @ 12:46 pm

Jim from Dallas, it goes away when nothing has been posted in a while. He’s on sabbatical b/c he fell on the ice and smashed his face in…seriously. During the offseason, he is also the main beat writer for WVU women’s basketball.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.25.12 @ 12:48 pm

OK, thanks TT, I hope he is OK because that sounds like it really hurts!

Comment by Jim from Dallas 01.25.12 @ 12:50 pm

@Tossing, did he really fall??

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 1:15 pm

Trib article seemed to imply that the fb transfer from Wisconsin is also a done deal. Anybody have a hard confirmation in that?

Comment by AtlantaPanther 01.25.12 @ 1:35 pm

Not to hit a guy while he is down if the broken face story is true (ala Kevin Stevens), but now is the time to make the push to install FRANKCAN as the post gazette Pitt beat writer. WVU women’s basketball will still be there for Zeise!

Comment by Howard 01.25.12 @ 1:36 pm

Just so he doesn’t play QB and we should be fine.

Comment by Yeti 01.25.12 @ 1:39 pm

Yes Howard, FRANKCAN new Pitt beat writer, I second the motion. The passion would be unquestioned!!!!!!!

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 1:49 pm

But no CAPS

Comment by TX Panther 01.25.12 @ 2:04 pm

Dokish just tweeted that Pitt offered a Monessen QB for next year and that his brother is one of the best young linebackers in the country.

Comment by Mike 01.25.12 @ 2:16 pm

Nice story about Shell. Now we know the reason he was such an easy pick up for Pitt.

link to

Comment by Why me 01.25.12 @ 2:21 pm

We knew that about Shell already.

Comment by Mike 01.25.12 @ 2:29 pm

Interesting that Marinatto said “no comment” when asked about the BE vs. WVU lawsuits. Going to arbitration next week, but there have been talks behind the scenes going on apparently.

Question to Chas, Reed, the lawyers and of course, anyone else, I have one question. ( I also realize many are tired of conference talk, understood, just skip my post).

(I know, I’ve been told, there is no way WVU will be in the Big 12 this fall. I was told it would be one chance in a million, I understand that.)

My question, if the one chance in a million would happen (rumors that it might be a $25 million dollar buyout, with some Texas tv money helping, to get it done, rumors only of course), is then, if WVU would get to go, IF, could the Big East hold Pitt and Syracuse to their contracts to stay for two more years????

Intersting also, Big 10, Pac 12, SEC have their schedules out allready…..ACC, Big 12 and BE do not.

link to

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 2:31 pm

just as long as FRANKCAMS has a copy editor (who has spellcheck) before going to print

Comment by wbb 01.25.12 @ 2:49 pm

more reprots today that Louisille will be next B12 member.

Comment by wbb 01.25.12 @ 2:50 pm

That eapn article made pitt look like garbage. Heres a fact, only miami u has had more current nfl pro bowlers than pitt. Pitt gets guys to go pro as well as anyone. I guess thats how people view pitt across the country. Oh well. Its time for chryst to change that! H2p!

Comment by Pk 01.25.12 @ 3:33 pm

Dan – I’m clearly running against the grain of the local media opinion on the matter (then again, I’m a lawyer and most of them are not), but I do believe that if the Big East negotiates a settlement with WVU, it opens the door for Pitt and Syracuse to do the same. Quite simply, it sets the market for what it costs to get out of the 27-month waiting period. For the most part, it also neutralizes the Big East’s contention that damages are not sufficient to make the conference whole. Despite what Zeise keeps saying, I don’t think it matters much that WVU is arguing that its situation is different because it left after Pitt and Syracuse (and therefore the conference was essentially crippled), at least once they negotiate a settlement.

Comment by Pantherman13 01.25.12 @ 3:39 pm

hard to believe that Dorsett wasn’t mentioned at all in the article

Comment by wbb 01.25.12 @ 3:47 pm

Good thoughts Pantherman. Who knows where we would even get the 25 million buyout money if that is what it came down too.

Wonder if we could get out cheaper, because WVU leaving has damaged the conference?? Syracuse and Pitt both sue!!!!!!!!! LOL

@wbb, ya, I didn’t know that. Looked it up after you posted, Louisville and BYU seem to be getting targeted.

Eventually you would think they might, I’m sure the Big 12 wants to get to 12 members.

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 4:00 pm

Dan – if the price is $25 million for WVU, it almost certainly would be lower for Pitt and Syracuse because they would most likely be sticking around for another year. The price would still need to be negotiated, but the outer limits of the price range, as well as the Big East’s willingness to negotiate, would be set.

Comment by Pantherman13 01.25.12 @ 4:09 pm

agree with Pantherman 13 comments on the WVU litigation effects on Pitt. Dueling lawsuits in county courts in WV & Rhode Island may not have binding effects on our legal issues (breach of contract, etc–depending on where our litigation would be filed) with the BE , but the money damages/buyout figures would be relevant and probably precedential.

and I concur with the FRANKCAN vote for Pitt’s new beat reporter. Caps and all. Unlike Zeise, FRANKCAN is ALL Pitt.

Comment by Bossdaws 01.25.12 @ 4:55 pm

Thanks Pantherman. Yes, the 25m was a number that someone on ESPN guesstimated. I’m glad I used it though, because you got my point, and answered my question. Thank you much!

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 4:55 pm

What if the Big 12 is using the threat of taking Louisville as a way to get the BE to back off their lawsuit over WVU? It would be brilliant, come to think of it. The Big 12 just says to the BE, “You let us have WVU for 2012 without a fuss, or we’re taking Ville as well.” Hmmm… I think they’d get what they wanted in a hurry.

Comment by Lollard 01.25.12 @ 4:57 pm

And you to Bossdaws!!

Hey, we’re up to about 4 or 5 on the petition to get FRANKCAN in there.

Frank, you told me the other day to give you some props brother.

Hell, we’re getting the ball rolling for you to replace Zeise!!! How’s that brother??


Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 4:58 pm

Zeise’s blog is still on the P-G website.

Lewis was injured his junior year and didn’t have any film to show at the beginning of his senior year when schools begin to evaluate players.

But this isn’t a throwaway scholarship. The kid is blazing fast and plays in a good HS conference out in WA State. Utah and Colorado both offered him and since Utah kicks our ass every time we play them that might mean something.

The legacy issue and the fact that his cousin, Tristan Roberts is on the team helped with the PITT familial side of things.

I read the ESPN article and thought it was pretty balanced. Although I’d love for Sean McCoy to give Shell’s Mom a call to discuss whether playing at PITT hindered him in any way. Perhaps he can wave his bankbook in front of her while doing it.

But Shell is doing the right thing in many ways – first and foremost in taking care of his children and their Mother. He sounds like a young man with a good grasp on what is really important in life.

Comment by Reed 01.25.12 @ 5:08 pm

Lollard, good point, these guys play hard ball as we all know.

We all know there are talks behind the scenes, they’re not waiting just to go to arbitration next week.

Reason I even brought it up, saw an article, that several of the Big 12 teams will have to schedule another football sub-division game, including Okie and a few others, and they allreay have one or two scheduled.

I believe if WVU isn’t in there, Okie will be playing 3 sub-division teams next year. (or whatever they call it now, was always simple with Div I Div II and Div III as far as I’m concerned).
Obviously, they aren’t too happy.

Also, I saw Navy is coming to the Big East in 14 or 15, that’s why this stuff was on my mind.

Not apologizing for bringing the topic up, I know a lot of people are worn out on the subject, but just a reason as to what caught my eye.

Time to go home, shall we win one tonight??????

Comment by Dan 01.25.12 @ 5:08 pm

Glad we picked up this kid, I mean come on, he’s a legacy from Harrisburg!

Comment by Hoover 01.25.12 @ 6:36 pm

Thank you all but i could not leave my brothers
hell who would rattle Wbbs chain if i left
Wbb thanks for info on louisille.
i mean who else would call him a Heretic.
well we lost 4 players and got 3 back i feel
better now.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.25.12 @ 7:51 pm

We are runing two posts to night so i will put this on both .
Treyvon Hester is in for a vist this week end
he is 6 foot 3 290 pounds on rivals he is the
35th best DT a solid 3 star on the outher
service he is the 54th best ol men
but we have shown little intrest till now

his offers are from toledo kentstate massachusetts
and temple

so my point is do any of you know what is wrong
with him is it grades or what i mean he is rated high in two services but no good offers unless we
do you have any info if so share it.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.25.12 @ 8:33 pm

Here’s another vote for FRANKCAN!

Comment by auggiefromlatrobe 01.25.12 @ 10:07 pm

Dan, according to his twitter account Zeise really did fall. It sounded like he may have knocked out a few teeth.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.25.12 @ 10:38 pm

Dan and Bossdaws there is a trool on outher post
who is rude to me would you go get rid of him please thank you brothers

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.25.12 @ 10:40 pm

ment troll

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.25.12 @ 10:44 pm

PK they made a offer to Treyvon Hester.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.25.12 @ 11:56 pm

Happy to say I went to Pennridge

Comment by Timmeh 01.26.12 @ 12:07 am

I had enough of legacy’s for ever at Pitt. Yes the current one is that bad.

Comment by Emel 01.26.12 @ 8:08 pm

Our troll warning system. If they pick on Frank, we know they don’t belong! Spell check schmell check, he is the man with the inside info, first.

Comment by Stfan 01.26.12 @ 9:11 pm

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