With plenty of time before a bowl game (more on that later this week), the coaching staff is wasting no time. It’s the opportunity for a late push before the dead period and there’s a lot happening right now. I’m only going to post info that’s publicly available because it’s not cool to post info only available behind a paywall for free. Guys like Tony Greco, Chris Peak, Greg Croft, etc. work too hard for their stuff to be thrown out there.
I’ll start with visits for the upcoming weekend. This weekend is a big one. RB Shai McKenzie, WR Jamil Kamara, and DB Rasaan Stewart are coming to town. McKenzie and Kamara are four star prospects and two of the most important prospects on Pitt’s radar. Stewart just finished up some playoff domination and while he’s likely a DB at the next level, don’t sleep on guys who have the ability to dominate at any level.
Shai has announced he will publicly choose his school on December 20th. It looks like it’s down to Pitt and VT. Kamara will probably choose a bit later and it looks like he remains a Virginia lean, but Pitt and Wisconsin are still very much in the running. Stewart doesn’t appear to favor Pitt at the moment, but I know he’s definitely interested and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he ends up in Oakland next year.
The coaches wanted four star DB Dravon Henry to visit this weekend, especially given that he’s announcing on Monday. Unfortunately he won’t be coming to town but the Quip product doesn’t need any additional time with coaches and on campus; he’s had plenty. For Henry, it’s down to Pitt and WVU. ESPN has tweeted out that he’s a WVU lean, but I’ve seen conflicting reports. It’ll be one of those two, though. Hopefully the Pitt-Aliquippa pipeline continutes to be fruitful.
Four star Monroeville DB Montae Nicholson had his official visit back in September and I’m assuming numerous in home visits from the coaching staff are inevitable. Nicholson is hard to get a read on and there aren’t a whole lot of reports out there on him, which is the complete opposite of Dravon Henry, who is oversaturated with reports. Nicholson has a good chance of going to Pitt and I’d call them the favorite at the moment.
The other quiet recruit is Mount Lebanon OT Alex Bookser. Bookser seems to be down to Pitt and Ohio State and it’s uncertain whether Ohio State is fully committed to taking him. All signs point to Bookser’s family will have a nice easy T ride to the North Shore to watch him play at Heinz.
A few other quick hits on other prospects:
-Two star LB James Folston Jr. is down to Pitt and Minnesota. He seems like a strong Pitt lean and apparently has a thing for schools with miserable winters.
-Three star RB CJ Leggett appears to be a Plan B if the coaches have room. If Shai commits, I doubt the coaches take Leggett. If there’s a spot, they’ll happily accept him.
-Four Star WR Adonis Jennings is still a possibility, but after all of the attention he received after decommitting from Rutgers, it has gotten quiet. He’s still very much on Pitt’s radar and I wonder if the coaches have the room to take him and Kamara.
-DE Hez Trahan is on Pitt’s radar still and I have a feeling he’ll end up a Panther if there’s a spot available.
-Former Temple verbal CB Anthony Davis appears to be out of the picture now.
-There’s a lot of activity with in home visits for current verbals, but all of that is behind the paywall type stuff. I’ll say this: I don’t see any current verbals Pitt is any danger of losing, so these visits are pretty much semantics to make sure guys still know the coaches want them. They’re important because you need to show the guys who’ve committed more love, but they’re not important in that they aren’t newsworthy unless something goes horribly wrong.