January 23, 2013

Poker? I Hardly — Oh, Forget It

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 4:17 pm

Hey another verbal.

Zach Poker out of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He’s listed as a tight end, but by all accounts he will be converting to a linebacker., and 247 have him unranked. says 2-stars. And in the most shocking rarity, all 4 sites agree on his size and weight. He’s listed at 6-4. 220 pounds.

Poker had offers from Syracuse, Army and Air Force. Wisconsin showed some late interest, but only so far as offering to let him walk-on (Insider subs).

“I heard from [Wisconsin] this morning,” Poker said, “but I committed to Pitt.”

Poker officially visited Pittsburgh this weekend and added an offer while on the visit. He also held FBS offers from Air Force and Syracuse.

“The visit went well,” Poker said Wednesday night. “I got to see the city of Pittsburgh and meet the coaching staff and current players. It seemed like it was a cool city to be in.”

The Panthers coaches want Poker as a strongside linebacker, but they have not ruled out playing offense.

Part of the appeal of Pitt — aside from being the best scholarship offer received — is that Poker plans to major in engineering.

Another Wisconsin native, Jester Weah, plans to decide on Pitt, BGSU, Colorado State or Wyoming this weekend. After he completes finals (Insider subs).

Dr. Tom–Here’s how the math will likely be worked out (not in any logical order)–

(1) Any greyshirts enrolling in January 2014 do not count toward the limit of 85 ships. They are not counted until they enroll in January 2014. By then all 2013 5th year seniors will have graduated.

(2) Any 5th year seniors who are not on the 2-deep by the end of summer 2013 will be dropped–and presumably all who are dropped then will have graduated by summer’s end.

(3) There are usually a few guys with injuries that end their playing days–they can be kept on scholarship and not count against the 85–like we already know has happened with Ricketts. Additional injuries of this sort could crop up during spring ball or fall camp this summer.

(4) Some upperclassmen who by the end by the end of spring ball realize they will never see a down the rest of their career will transfer over the summer to a school at a level where they know they can play.

(5) A couple more upperclassmen possibly could reach the the same conclusion during fall camp in the summer and transfer out at that time.

Somehow, through all of these possibilities the number of players counted toward the 85 limit will drop from your current 91 (+/-) count by the start of school in fall 2013 to meet the NCAA overall limit of 85 which applies at that time.

Even the coaches probably don’t know how that is going to precisely work out at this time so they are rolling the dice just a little.

Comment by pitt1972 01.25.13 @ 9:38 am

FYI DC33, LOI signing day is Wed Feb 6th.

@ pitt1972, looked at and accounted for many of those contingencies you’ve itemized already in my list of 64. And I concur with your final analysis, that by the fall, when the season is ready to start there will be a half dozen players who will have determined, on their own, that it is time to move on or else they will need to be encouraged to move on by the coaching staff simply as a matter of necessity to comply with the 85 roster limit.

In most cases, it still sucks for them, whoever “them” are, since it requires either a financial burden, with a loss of scholarship if they want to continue their education at Pitt or an upheaval of their lifestyle if transferring to another school that may offer up a scholarship for them to finish their education.

Hard to make an omelette without breaking a few eggs however, I guess.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.25.13 @ 9:59 am

Yea not a great situation for the transferees but survival of the fittest makes the whole team stronger. Hail to Pitt.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.25.13 @ 10:45 am

Atlanta Panther, Pat Quinn still on the roster? He has to be in his 40th year of eligibility!

Comment by wbb 01.25.13 @ 11:17 am

Weah is a panther. His coach said he William Gault fast. Lightly recruited but tall and 4.5 speed so some thing to work with.

Comment by Beantown-Sean 01.25.13 @ 2:33 pm

O and Nigel Harris committed to USF the other day. so its down to Joshua Jones, Jojo Kemp, and Britton.

Comment by Beantown-Sean 01.25.13 @ 2:36 pm

good to see about Weah, thanks.
went out and found this nice review on Weah after hearing this here.
link to

4 WRs in this recruiting class now.

Comment by PittScript 01.25.13 @ 3:01 pm

Word is PC and Joe Rudolph were looking at Weah as a sophomore when they were at Wisconsin .. ran a 4.54 – 40 at the Nike HS combine .. averages 20 ppg in basketball .. has a 40″ vertical

Comment by Hoopzebra 01.25.13 @ 4:49 pm

Four good wide receiver recruits. Great competition with existing players.

Comment by Frank MD 01.25.13 @ 5:57 pm

Another thing I like about this class is the diversity. I mean look at the last few commits. 1 Jester Weah tall speedy nephew of a former Liberian presidential candidate from Wisconsin. 2. Poker, a tall rangy engineer LB from rural Wisconsin. 3. Taleni a beast DT somoan from hawaii. 4. Smith a south philly monster OT. 5. Webb an athletic WR/DB from a dynasty high school football program right here in Pittsburgh.

Comment by Beantown-Sean 01.25.13 @ 7:46 pm

Good perspective Beantown…. interesting.

Comment by PittScript 01.25.13 @ 9:57 pm

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