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September 9, 2013

New Commit At RB

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 2:43 pm

On Friday (Insider subs)…

The recruiting rivalry is not as intense as some of those down in Florida or the SEC, but Penn State and Pittsburgh are often going head-to-head for prospects. The two are going at it once more for a three-star running back.

Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) is deciding 3:15 p.m. on Monday at his high school after taking visits to Penn State and Pitt this week. He took in Pitt on an official visit earlier this week for the Florida State game, and he will visit Penn State beginning on Friday.

At this juncture, it looks like the Nittany Lions will be on the receiving end of Ollison’s verbal commitment…

Penn State is a school Ollison has been high on all along, and he was at the Lions’ spring game despite not having an offer at the time. He also hastily put together a visit to Penn State for this coming weekend. Penn State has mined Canisius before, too, as offensive lineman John Urschel is from the school.

There are a few factors in Pitt’s corner, however. The atmosphere at Heinz Field was, as one high school coach put it, “like a Steelers game.” The crowd support has often been criticized by recruits and opposing coaches. The Panthers also have an opening at running back following Rushel Shell’s exit.

Ollison’s decision will become public Monday, but it is hard to see him picking a school other than Penn State.


Ollison is a pure 3-star recruit. Wisconsin, Rutgers, Maryland, Minnesota and Iowa also offered him.

So, a nice way to start the week.

Penn St stopped recruiting him at 3:15

Comment by wbb 09.09.13 @ 3:02 pm

GReat news ! Anytime you beat out the Pedo’s for a recruit. And a Running Back no less.

Maybe he got a tour of the shower stalls in Creepy Valley and said….nah.

Comment by EMel 09.09.13 @ 3:08 pm

wbb – LOL!!!

Comment by winedogs 09.09.13 @ 3:17 pm

@wbb, double LOL!!

Welcome aboard Qadree!!! Happy to have you!!!

Comment by Dan 09.09.13 @ 3:40 pm

Any thought to Tyler at RB he is bigger than Dorsett was as a freshman (175 lbs.)
Bennett is not quick enough and Connor is still learning how to run aside from straight ahead.
Out of the box.
Until help comes next year (Shai or this recruit) have him occassionally line up at RB carries with Connor in same backfield.

Comment by pittisit 09.09.13 @ 3:46 pm

Anytime we acquire a gridder that PSU has an interest in it is a victory for the Panthers. Ollison has been in the Steel City’s recruiting list for some time. As a Blue/Gold Alum, I am ELATED. Rev. George from Columbus

Comment by Rev. George Mehaffey 09.09.13 @ 4:01 pm

I think he met the O-line while he was here.

Nice get!

Comment by gc 09.09.13 @ 4:14 pm

I really like the pick up. one thing to keep in mind, he is only 16 years old. he has a lot of upside imo.

as for tyler boyd, I wouldn’t line him up at rb but they need to get him the ball as much as they can. that means returns, jet sweeps, screens, in the passing game. he needs to get 10 or more touches per game in my opinion.

Comment by pk 09.09.13 @ 4:31 pm

Comment by Mailman 09.09.13 @ 5:27 pm

I read Ollison was swayed to Pitt partly because of playing at Heinz – and the Stillers connection. Pitt needs to sell that more.

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 09.09.13 @ 5:27 pm

They better hurry that up, me thinks the Stillers are really going to stink this year.

Thought that pre-Titan game as well !

I think LaRod is done for the year.

Get well LaRod !

Comment by EMel 09.09.13 @ 6:16 pm

Awesome get! Need some more quality but this is one of the guys I liked because of his size and athletic ability! We still have James, leggett, and Mackenzie considering us. I would think we would take 3 if 2 of those 3 wanted to pick Pitt also. Conner and Ollison along with a big oline we are building will really break down a defense!

Comment by Shawn 09.09.13 @ 6:21 pm

Wait, I thought everyone said Chryst & Co. can’t recruit…

Comment by Pitt2Cali 09.09.13 @ 8:45 pm

Nice get. Still some big names out there in the WPIAL; Mckenzie, Henry, Bookser, and Hooker come to mind. Really need to finish this class strong. Got a few more games that should have a really good atmosphere to try to sell these kids. Of course winning some games would go a long way too…

Comment by Pap76 09.09.13 @ 9:58 pm

Great pick-up for the Panthers!
Welcome to PITT Qadree. Looking forward to seeing you in the blue and gold. I think he will enjoy running behind this Oline as it continues to improve.

Comment by Jason 09.10.13 @ 5:21 am

As a fellow WNYer who went to Pitt, I hope that you love it as much as I do. I will put aside the fact that you went to Canisius (myself – St. Francis ’98), as we are on the same team now! Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Wannstache 09.10.13 @ 7:04 am

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