Yesterday was an eventful off-season day for the Panthers. We had one verified recruit commitment in Jaymar Parrish, a big FB from local Gateway HS along with one unconfirmed rumor about former Rutgers QB Tom Savage transferring to PITT after a short lay-over in Arizona.
First let’s look at the recruitment. So far Paul Chryst has recruited five players, four of them on offense. He’s gotten two big OL, a TE and a powerful FB in Parrish.
“They’re going to line him up as a traditional fullback because they’re a pro-style offense team,” said Gateway coach Terry Smith. ”He’s an extremely physical blocker and just a tough, hard-nosed kid who is really athletic.”
Now, think back to what Chryst said he was going to put out on the field offensively and what he built so well at Wisconsin; a highly productive running game with big, strong players up the middle. That is exactly what he’s recruited so far at PITT.
Jaymar Parrish has not been ranked yet but look at Scout’s FB prospects for 2013. Parrish is on the list but the telling thing is that only three FBs are awarded any stars at all by Scout.com at this point nationally. Rivals.com has five FBs total with all being three star kids.
At Wisconsin Chryst loved this type of FB and used them pretty regularly. Last year they had Bradie Ewing, a 6’0/245 FB who ended being drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Falcons. Ewing had only seven rushing attempts for 33 yards but also caught 28 passes for 328 yards (11.7 ypc) in his two years of play with the Badgers. He was also the #1 rated FB going into the draft.
Just for fun compare that with what Henry Hynoski did at PITT over the course of his career where he had 37 carries for 134 yards and 40 receptions for 283 (7.1 ypc). Of course Hyno didn’t have three 1000 yards rushers on his team one year either.
This is the FB model Chryst wants to replicate when he gets his kids on the field over the next few years and is what we were used to seeing at PITT under DW. Whisky hasn’t rushed their FBs much but used them mostly as a lead blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Parrish, at 6’2” and 235 lbs and having been a TE who caught 22 passes for 524 yards and four touchdowns, is well equipped with size and good hands to be that pass receiving FB Chryst has had and wants now.
As an example of Parrish’s blocking ability, last season when Gateway played Bishop McDevitt he went up against #1 nationally ranked five star DE Noah Spence and blocked him effectively enough call it a draw. When the rankings come out he will probably be at least a three star recruit.
Tom Savage’s rumored transfer is an interesting issue. According to his Twitter feed he alludes to playing for PITT (good luck finding it, I can’t read more than three or four Tweets before getting dizzy). Here is what Chris Dokish had to say about Savage:
“Last but not least, Rutgers and Arizona transfer Tom Savage has hinted that he may be transferring to Pitt. A one time elite recruit out of Cardinal O’Hara HS in suburban Philly, the 6’5″ 240 pounder had a big freshman season before his losing his job as a sophomore. He then transferred to Arizona and sat out last year.
However, before being eligible to play a game Savage left Arizona after the season. Citing family matters, he tried to be eligible immediately and transfer back to Rutgers, but the NCAA denied him. For that reason, it looks like Savage will have just one year of eligibility remaining and that won’t be until 2013. In that case, it just may be better to start Chad Voytik in his second season rather than Savage in his first- and last- season, but since there’s no guarantee that Voytik will be good enough, I guess Savage would be an excellent fallback option.”
For a little background on what he did at RU here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Savage enrolled at Rutgers University in 2009, and after Rutgers opened the season with a loss to Cincinnati, he was named the starting quarterback. He led the team to a 9-4 record. During his freshman year at Rutgers, Savage passed for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing only 7 interceptions. In arguably his best game of the year, he completed 14 of 27 passes for a season-high 294 yards and 2 touchdowns against the University of Central Florida in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl.
He was named on the All-American Freshman Team by the Football Writers Association of America.
In 2010, Savage threw for 521 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Early in the season, he was sidelined by an injury to his hand and replaced with freshman quarterback Chas Dodd. Dodd remained the starting QB based on his performance against Connecticut in his first ever start.
Savage would be nice to have on the roster I suppose but IMO we can forget about his playing over Sunseri in 2012 regardless of if he can get eligibility to or not. Here are their numbers from their first year of playing (Savage as a FR).
CMP ATT YDS CMP% YDS/A TD INT RAT
Savage 149 285 2211 52.3 7.76 14 7 128.7
Sunseri 223 346 2572 64.5 7.43 16 9 137.0
As you can see, and even though they are only stats, Sunseri was more productive. Add to that Sunseri has two years experience under his belt with this team it would be a tough decision for a HC to sit him down and I don’t think Chryst would even if he had that option.
However, if this transfer is true and Chryst has been courting Savage, it sends a strong message about how Chryst feels about Myers as a QB on his team in the future.
Pretty good day for PITT football all around…
Note: As an update on dates of recruiting here are how many kids we had commit each year before June 1st:
’13 – 5 PC – so far
’12 – 1 TG
’11 – 1 DW
’10 – 2 DW
’09 – 0 DW
’08 – 2 DW
’07 – 2 DW
’06 – 3 DW
’05 – 3 DW