July 3, 2012

Planning on Opportunities in 2013

Filed under: Football,Players — Chas @ 12:36 pm

Plans change. Things go awry, but a handful of the players who have already verbaled to Pitt are making plans to enroll early.

DT Tyrique Jarrett, TE Scott Orndoff, DE Shakir Soto, RB Corey Clement and now QB Tra’von Chapman have all indicated that they will be enrolled and taking classes at Pitt come January 2013.

Jarrett was actually a 2012 signee, but grades have him doing prep school — and apparently doing well.

The other four are presently the top ranked players in Chryst’s first recruiting class.

Orndoff, Clement, Jarrett and Soto all have excellent chances of seeing early playing time as freshmen.  Jarrett and Soto because the D-line will be a bit thin. Orndoff and Clement because Chryst favors using multiple players at both running back and tight end.

As for Chapman, it can’t hurt. The competition for starting the 2013 season will be fierce. Voytik, Savage and Myers all will be going hard. All three will have had six months to a year head start. Myers and Savage will be in their final chances, to give them a whiff of desperation. Voytik has been anticipated. Not sure how Chapman breaks through that, but if he does it means he really blew everyone else away. (Or if you’re a half-empty glass person, that the others weren’t that good.)

ESPN reports ACC reaches long term deal with Orange Bowl

Comment by midwest panther 07.03.12 @ 2:07 pm

Lets hope there will be outhers who have not signed yet who can do the same.
I have a question on the OL and the DL do you think we should wait to see if we can sign 2 or 3 of the good line men that are left there are not meany left un signed.
or do you think we should sign the 2 stars who have the hight and weight we need before they are signed and coach them up.
If we wait some one might sign the 2 stars then we would have none.
there is a 2 star named taylor who is 6 foot 6 and 330 pounds who looks mean has hell.
what do you think

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 2:08 pm

If this Taylor kid eats nails for breakfast, I’d say sign him up regardless of how many stars.

Comment by TX Panther 07.03.12 @ 2:22 pm

I assume that one the key allures for these top 4 prospects is that they all have a chance og getting some decent PT as freshmen.

Comment by wbb 07.03.12 @ 2:39 pm

TX Panther go to panther lair click on OL then click on OG then click on name anthony taylor
you tell me if he looks like he could eat nails he looks mean to me.
he has the hight and weight coach him up.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 3:13 pm

Hey FRANKCAN, since when does a guy’s digestive tract being able to pass ingested nails become a barometer on his ability to play on the offensive line? LOL

This Taylor kid is a bigin from Louisiana however. My question would be, does he wrestle gators as a pastime down in the swamps during the off season. Now that acquired skill CAN be applied to OL. Holding off nasty defensive linemen from causing harm to our fragile quarterbacks would be an easy task after duelin with gators.

Comment by Dr. Tom 07.03.12 @ 4:08 pm

I’d like to see him spit the nails out his a$$! maybe he could spell H-O-O-P-I-E-S on the locker room wall at half time. wouldnt that be great!

Comment by Pitt it IS 07.03.12 @ 4:33 pm

Except gators smell better than defensive linemen.

Comment by 66Goat 07.03.12 @ 5:14 pm

The boy looks like he eats whole gators. Nails would be the appetizer. I think I now know where the beef went. If the kid has a nasty streak, some athletisism and works hard, I’d want him in my chow line…I mean offensive line.

Comment by TX Panther 07.03.12 @ 6:59 pm

I dont know DR TOM i was just looking around for kids that are the size coach likes and found him and thought he looked mean as hell and every body said coach likes to coach them up and he is big enough and thought what the hell wanted you all to see him.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 7:02 pm

ha ha ha ha ha today all of you make me laugh.


Comment by pittkeith 07.03.12 @ 7:22 pm

Chris Dokish reports a commitment from another kicker

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Have a happy 4th, guys and gals!

Comment by steve1 07.03.12 @ 7:44 pm

steve1 wish that commitment was a OT or DT i dont think we have a LB commit yet do we.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 8:10 pm

I was just looking up LB i found one 3 star in akron ohio not commited to any one check out his name jerome lane the kid has to be a panther with that name. ha ha.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 8:27 pm

Give me your tired, your poor and YOUR HUGE!!!!

Comment by steve1 07.03.12 @ 10:40 pm

As i checked out the LB we dont have a LB commit
yet i checked the ones we offered and we have offered very few and most that we have are MLB
so may be the staff thinks we dont need LB that bad this year.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.03.12 @ 11:24 pm

Isn’t that Jerome Lane the real Jerome Lane’s kid?

Comment by Mike 07.03.12 @ 11:54 pm

Quote from a Rivals article:

“Now the elder Lane wants to see his son make his own name in football, a sport he nudged him toward when he started high school.

“I told him he had a much better chance to be special as a 6-foot-3 linebacker than he does as a 6-foot-3 power forward,” Lane said. “I was 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, and it was tough because I was considered too short by many people. There are only so many Charles Barkleys out there who can have a special career without that height. So I told him football was his ticket.”

Comment by Kenny 07.04.12 @ 12:38 am

Pitt signs a potential future ESPN icon.

Let’s hope it’s “Blewit Made It” more than “Blewit… well you know… Blew It.”

Comment by PittofDreams 07.04.12 @ 6:29 am

Oops. His name is spelled with two Ts.

Hope that’s not an omen.

Comment by PittofDreams 07.04.12 @ 6:32 am

If that is lanes kid and we dont offer him we suck i dont know how good he is but he is a 3 star.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.04.12 @ 9:34 am

This is good news the number 1 RBin the USA is comeing to pitt for a vist in two weeks are chances of signing him are slim but at least he is comeing to look around his name is green from VA. Who knows maybe we get lucky it could happen.

Comment by FRANKCAN 07.04.12 @ 10:12 am

Frank, pitt made his top 13 teams

Comment by Pk 07.04.12 @ 10:52 am

Pitt did make his “top” 13 which is great news. The fact that Pitt is even in the conversation for this kid with offers from pretty much every major bcs school is good from a recruiting perspective. Looking at what Chryst did with the run game at Wisconsin Id have to imagine that the RB position will draw bigger names on Chryst’s history alone.

Comment by BCPITT 07.04.12 @ 8:41 pm

Would be a great pick up to get derrek green. Coach should be able to get some mileage with having three 1000 yrd runners in on year while O coach at Wisconsin. Doesn’t hurt having Tony D, Curt Martin, and McCoy all coming out of PITT.

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Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 07.04.12 @ 9:08 pm

Hey folks every so often you can pull the bunny out of the hat (insert Larry Fitzgerald) do the PITT has a shot at Green

Comment by Pitt fan in Atlanta 07.04.12 @ 9:42 pm

More important than making top 13 is Pitt getting a visit from Green!

Comment by pitt1972 07.04.12 @ 10:12 pm

Even if Pitt doesn’t get Green, it shows our program isn’t toxic after all the recent instability and decades of futility. For an elite recruit to visit shows me that the Pitt name and direction of the program is rising up. Hope he comes away impressed and we end up in conversation as his final 3 picks. Other recruits will notice that and begin checking out Pitt and including the program on visits. Can’t be anything but a good thing unlike what some assclown poster has to say on another blog.

Comment by TX Panther 07.05.12 @ 8:36 am

Another good thing about Green having us listed, which may hurt us in the end, is the fact that we have a top 5 rb (shell) and the kid from NJ, some have him rated as 13th rb I believe??

He may look at playing time and turn us down.

I realize, we may not be on his short list at all, but losing a player, because of this problem, is actually a good thing.

A problem I hope we have many times in the future, at many positions.

Comment by Dan 07.05.12 @ 11:49 am

If Green comes to PITT, and remember he is ranked higher than Rushel Shell, he’ll get playing time. Green would be by far the top RB coming out of HS we have recruited in the last decade or even longer.

Comment by Reed 07.05.12 @ 2:14 pm

Typical Reed homerism. Only Rivals has Green ranked as highly as you say.

Comment by Mike 07.05.12 @ 2:20 pm

I’d rather be a homer than a yinzer.

Comment by TX Panther 07.05.12 @ 3:30 pm

Observations on Green.

Physical Speciman. Looks like a really good back.

Not the perfect back though.

Does not get away from tacklers like you would expect if he’s really 4.3 or whatever in the forty.

Also goes down easier than what he should given his size and speed in high school.

Positive, surprisingly quick feet.

Do not see him as a guaranteed super back on the next level.

Certainly worth recruiting. Would like to see how well he could do running between the tackles out of the I for Chryst.

Comment by PittofDreams 07.06.12 @ 1:55 pm

But wait, the many stars??? That is the real measure of success right? (sarcasm)

Comment by goalie44 07.06.12 @ 7:06 pm

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