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June 18, 2013

QB Adam Bertke from Maria Stein, Ohio has given his verbal to Pitt. Rivals.com does not have a rating on him yet but Scout.com, ESPN and 247 have him as a 3* prospect and Scout lists him as the #50 overall QB. He’s 6’5 210 and had offers from Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo, Kent State. This is a big pickup because this is the QB the coaches want other than Keller Chryst. They let Chandler Kincade decommit because they weren’t high on him. However it would have been poor form to take his offer away so the coaches honored it. (Kincade was a Pitt verbal at QB until a few months ago. He recently gave his verbal to Akron). When Kincade left the picture, the coaches could pursue other options openly and Bertke appears to be the guy they coveted.

The big downside with Bertke is that he plays in the lowest level of high school football in Ohio. He did lead his team to a 10-2 record last year and has had some sniffs from the big boys like Ohio State and Michigan. The good news is that he’s obviously not expected to start right away or anything, so he’ll have time to adjust to the college game. The QB position is one where you can never have enough options. Tony Pike was the 3rd option in Cinci after Ben Mauk couldn’t get a 6th season of eligibility and Dustin Grutza broke his ankle. Anything will be better than what we’ve had behind Tino Sunseri the past 2 seasons.

Hopefully we have another verbal tomorrow. 4* OT Mike Grimm may be announcing tomorrow afternoon. The Bethel Park standout worked out on campus this past Friday. All signs point to a Pitt verbal if he does announce tomorrow. This recruiting class could look a lot better over the course of 24 hours.

*edit*

Chris Peak from Rivals is reporting that Dennis Briggs from Shady Side Academy has also given us a verbal. He’s a 5’11 190lb RB/DB From Pittsburgh. He had offers from us, Toledo, and Yale.





Emel,
Depends upon your expectations.
Wake Forest was 5-7 last year.
That is unacceptable at Pitt in my opinion.
Pitt needs to get 8 wins minimum every season.
Wake Forest is just taking up space in ACC. They use to have a good basketball program. Same with Boston College.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.19.13 @ 7:32 am

Boston College won the Atlantic Division the following year in 2007.

They had a QB named Matt Ryan, maybe you’ve heard of him. 🙂

Well I’d be really surprised if we go better than 5-7 this year. What not with the schedule and losing our big play maker Ray Ray.

Comment by EMel 06.19.13 @ 7:54 am

any word on QB Chapman’s situation?
Staying or going?

Comment by Pitt Fan In Atlanta 06.19.13 @ 8:06 am

For those of your bashing NY prospects, I believe Jamahl Pardner was from NY and wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. He saw playing time as nickel corner as a true FR before he tore up his knee.

Comment by JJ 06.19.13 @ 8:12 am

Dion Lewis is an Albany native, but played HS football in NJ

As far as the ACC, FSU appears to have taken Va Tech’s position as THE team in the league … but aside from the Noles, there isn’t a team that I don’t believe is way over Pitt’s head provided they showed up to play (which seemed to be an issue last year. And hopefully, Pitt is playing Noles just at the right time.

Pretty optimistic … huh Justin?

Comment by wbb 06.19.13 @ 8:19 am

Pitt.Dan I think you simply have expectations that are too high. We are simply never going to emphasize football at the level that will require 8 wins being the “worst” season acceptable. There are maybe 10-15 programs you can guarantee 8 wins for each season. Even USC couldn’t win 8 last year. Texas couldn’t in 2010. We will NEVER match the caliber of their recruits. Never.

It’s highly doubtful we will ever be a program where an 8 win season is a disappointment.

Comment by Justin 06.19.13 @ 8:22 am

wbb,

I think Pitt can compete in the ACC. I just don’t think we’ll be BCS contenders on an annual basis like Pitt Dan expects. We can beat FSU, Clemson, VT, GT, etc. I just doubt we beat all ACC opponents and win the conference with high frequency. If we’re winning 8 or more every season, we’re competing for BCS bowls nearly every season. Ain’t gonna happen.

The reasonable goal should be a bowl game every season and to make an ACC run every 3-5 years. Pitt basketball, however, I firmly believe could turn into a consistent contender.

Comment by Justin 06.19.13 @ 8:25 am

9 wins was a huge disappointment in 1983.

As they say……never say never !

Comment by EMel 06.19.13 @ 9:39 am

Justin,
Coaches that can’t consistently win 8 games a season at Pitt get fired.

8 wins is a reasonable expectation and I don’t include the bowl game in that. I doubt 8 wins will get a BCS bowl bid out of the ACC.

Comment by Pitt.Dan83 06.19.13 @ 9:59 am

Coach Chryst is slowly building a program. A program. When is the last time we have been able to talk about that? Granted whether the “Stache” should have been fired or not is another question but what were we asking for after the s*** that happened in the past couple years. He’s gathering kids that can play at least at the FBS level and not putting together a bunch of men that want to play in Birmingham every year. Just like in field of dreams. If you build it, they will come.

Comment by tedsptman 06.19.13 @ 10:22 am

Dan83 said:

“notrocketscience,
You are wrong.
CHRYST CAN’T LAND 4 STAR RECRUITS. If he gets at least 5 every year, perhaps Pitt will do well.
2013 had 3, 4star players. That is not enough.
2012 has 2, 4star players still on roster.”

So the gist of of your rant is PC can’t recruit 4 star recruits. I am sure PC would be shaking in his shoes is he read the above post. It must be hard for you to grasp the road Pitt Football has been on these last 30 tears. A road of at best mediocrity laced with coaches who would not get a sniff at better schools.

It also must be hard for you to accept the fact most big time WPA recruits do not see Pitt as a destination for themselves.

Beyond PC’s supposed inability to recriut them please tell us why 4 or 5 star players should want to come to Pitt? What would be there motivation to come here???

Comment by Kenny 06.19.13 @ 10:38 am

PITT Fan – I believe that he’s been dismissed but he’s still a student at PITT for the summer semester.

If we recruit another QB you can bet we did it because he won’t be back on the roster. Putting your hands on a women is about the last thing PITT will tolerate given all the negative publicity we’ve gotten in the last three years.

I’m betting he’s gone for good.

Comment by Reed 06.19.13 @ 10:57 am

UPitt – you crack me up. Every comment you make has a negative slant to it.

“Lost 2 kids to Stoops. Were they any good?”

Please…Chryst basically removed these two players of the roster personally. They were going nowhere until this staff told them to look elsewhere if they wanted to actually play college football.

Comment by Reed 06.19.13 @ 11:04 am

@ Dan 83

You said I “don’t know anything about big time college football”…. you are correct. I know as much as you do! And that means we don’t know shit compared to the coaches.

1. That was my point you missed: This QB is the one they specifically targeted and wanted. Period. I will give them credit for being professionals until the play on the field… you know, actual football… tells us differently… and that will be this season and next.

2. Gee, who was that kid who just lit up the interstate all star game with all of those “Quad AAAA” elite talent… for 5 TDs… yeah that kid from Clairton… you know the Quad AAAA powerhouse…. not??? Yes, I will take a champion and a leader of a championship team anytime if coaches think he can play for them.

3. Let’s get real on the whole ‘stars’ thing. Outside of the top kids in the country these people are in a back room somewhere throwing darts… “We evaluate 10,000s of kids across a vast continent ‘scientifically’, from our home offices, using blogger rumors, anecdotal stories and youuuutube videos”… I guess that is why real coaches pay so much attention to them????

the twins were a perfect example. The were highly profiled on the “internet” as top 40 this and that… and they were 4 string and never to see the field.

WVU has what… 8 4 stars… they suck and are screwed as a football program… ooooh, yeah, but they have players from Flooorida.

Dorian Johnson OL.. .was 5 star just to play that game… and Ohio State and others were on him hard after the Pedstate back out… (so Chryst gets no credit)

and that seems to be the dynamic with some folks… no matter what the news is there is always something… “oh, he has no stars (ya know… ya can’t play football if you don’t have your stars with you at every game….lol), oh, he’s not from Florida, oh, he is not from the super-duper division, oh, Chryst doesn’t have any recruits when it really counts… in May…”

But its all good. PC is just man, work’n his plan…

Comment by Pittscript 06.19.13 @ 11:50 am

Dear Pitt.Dan83,
Me-ist think you write and sound an awful lot like good ole negative Joe D.: “Pitt has no team speed, no 5* recruits, no this and no that….”
Maybe are you the ghost of Joe D?

Comment by pittman4ever 06.19.13 @ 12:01 pm

@ Pittscript, thanks for saving me a lot of typing! DITTO 🙂

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.19.13 @ 12:56 pm

Your welcome Dr. Tom… always appreciate your point of view too.

Comment by Pittscript 06.19.13 @ 2:11 pm

@ Reed

Thanks on the update. Sad end (before it even got started) to a promising future if indeed Chapman is gone.

Comment by Pitt Fan In Atlanta 06.19.13 @ 4:22 pm

So Bertke comes from the smallest division in Ohio football. I seem to remember a QB from East Brady HS (smallest classification) whom made it to the NFL HOF…

Comment by Kenny 06.19.13 @ 5:17 pm

I agree 100% with tedsptman.
PC is building a “program”. Not easy to recognize for Pitt fans because they have never seen one built before, but it starts from the ground (O-line) and works from there.
Note to Pederson….don’t pretend your minions aren’t reading this.
Look to East Liberty to build a track facility. It ain’t any further from Oakland to EL than OSU main campus to Jesse Owens. Land still cheap there.

Comment by sfpitt 06.20.13 @ 9:12 am

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