Is it just me or does the Big 33 game seem to to go in spurts where Ohio or Pennsylvania dominates for a stretch and then it switches to the other side. I don’t feel like looking it up to confirm or not. Just noting that Ohio has now won four straight.
The most important thing is that none of the incoming Pitt players were injured in the game or practices leading up to it. Though, Rushel Shell gave some a scare (check the 8:55 time stamp) when he was tackled during the game. Rushel Shell was contained most of the game. J.P. Holtz had a touchdown catch, and Mike Capara recovered a fumble on defense.
Before the game there was a selection of key college coaches in attendance that took part in the press conference. This included OSU’s Urban Meyer, PSU’s Bill O’Brien, Paul Chryst and Temple’s Steve Addazio. (Cinci continues to get no respect.) Amazingly it seems they got through it without a question about the Pitt-Penn State game.
Sticking with the Ohio theme, Pitt continued its run of snagging sleepers from MAC schools. Zach Challingsworth went to one of the Pitt camps. Wanted an offer. Didn’t get one, so he picked Toledo over his other MAC suitors. Then Pitt came through with the offer and Challingsworth switched to Pitt. The wide receiver is a 2- to 3-star prospect with decent size — 6-2, 190 pounds.
Coming on the heels of getting Tony Harper out of Toledo — and his slew of MAC offers — I was getting ready to post something about ruling the MAC in recruiting to this point. Then Pitt got the commit from Corey Clement, which kind of changed the whole feeling of malaise that was starting to descend on how Pitt’s recruiting was going.
Then you couple that with the expectation that Pitt will get a very important verbal in a couple weeks from Ohio.
One other recruiting note from the prospect camps – Theodore Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio) standout quarterback Tra’von Chapman has attended Pitt’s prospect camp both last Saturday and today and is expected to make a commitment to the Panthers on July 1st. If Chapman, who has more than a dozen offers, does commit to the Panthers, it would be a big boost to the recruiting class as he is the top quarterback target from the class of 2013 on Pitt’s recruiting board.
Now, I don’t know why Chapman is waiting. I know it makes some nervous, and others just don’t want to wait to get the news. I am really okay with this. It’s hard to spread out posting. By the time we reach July, it is usually they bottom of the barrel. His waiting until then, helps.