Over the weekend Pitt added another recruit. Not saying it was strictly about making sure Tyler Boyd sticks with Pitt, but it doesn’t hurt.
Clairton senior Terrish Webb became the third player from the Class of 2013 to verbally commit to Pitt to play football, joining teammates Tyler Boyd and Titus Howard. Boyd committed on national television during the first quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, while Howard verballed prior to the season.
Webb came with Boyd down to Pitt this weekend. Took in the Marquette-Pitt game and still verballed. He initially gave a verbal to Kent State but Pitt made a late offer that had the wide receiver reconsidering.
Webb is the 23d commit to this first true recruiting class for Coach Paul Chryst. With four of the commits signed, taking classes and counting in last year’s group, Pitt has room for up to six more kids.
This season has seen a lot more of transfers and attrition than Pitt has had in some time, but it really is rather typical when there is a change in coaching regimes. A lot of transfers by the end of the first year. There was no chance to see that with FraudGraham but it would have happened with a significant number between the personality of the coach and the change in style. A lot of players either hung on after last year with the change in regimes — again — or because they didn’t have a better school to go to so they waited another year to see if they could adjust.
Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, said Chryst is following all of the proper procedures.
“They are targeting positions of need,” Farrell said last week on TribLive Radio. “But they are also trying to find guys who are being overlooked by other programs. They can sneak in and turn out to be great players. He is the guy to do that. He has a great eye for talent.”
Pitt has landed verbal commitments from three four-star recruits: Clairton wide receiver Tyler Boyd, Belle Vernon offensive lineman Dorian Johnson and quarterback Tra‘von Chapman of Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio.
The others, however, are just as important because they could provide desperately needed depth, even though many three- and two-star prospects won‘t play until 2014, at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the roster will be young next season, with as many as 52 freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores. Last year, Pitt started the season with a total of 34 from those groupings.
Depth will likely remain an issue once more in 2013 — especially on the O-line. Chryst does not seem to want any quick fixes, so expect redshirts for all but the best talent.
Hopefully the next commit will be tomorrow. Jaryd Jones-Smith from the Philly area will be announcing his choice on Tuesday at 2:45.
Jones-Smith is a near consensus 3-star offensive tackle — only Rivals.com puts him at 2-stars. He’s exactly the size of the offensive lineman Chryst wants. He’s 6-6 or 6-7 and 290 – 313 pounds. The offer sheet includes Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan and Oklahoma (at least according to ESPN.com on the last two).
Bring more O-linemen into this class. Even if they redshirt. Depth is desperately needed.