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February 3, 2016

NLI Day 2016

Filed under: Football,Open Thread — Chas @ 6:59 am

It’s here. The year long sprint is reaching its end. Pitt looks to finish strong. Maybe a couple final flourishes with some announcements at 9:30 am and 3 pm. Finding out if Pitt has a last minute flip away *cough* Chase Pine *cough*. And hey, there’s cake.

When I asked [Gateway (Fla.) High School coach Marlin] Roberts about Gateway cornerback Henry Miller, who is committed to Pitt but considering Miami, Roberts said he expected him to sign with Pitt:

“If not, it’s going to be an awkward ceremony. I’ve already ordered blue and gold balloons and a blue and gold cake,” he said.

Awkward would be the right word.

Coach Pat Narduzzi will hold his press conference — where he can officially talk about the recruits at last — at 3pm.

The NLIs can be faxed in to Pitt starting at 7:00 am. The Pitt football twitter and/or Narduzzi’s twitter should be on top of that as always, so just open a tab (or two) — regardless of whether you use twitter — if you want to follow along.

I’ll do my best to keep a running list with the when and who.

For the record. RB Chawntez Moss, DE Patrick Jones and transfer TE Chris Clark are already enrolled and taking classes at Pitt, so they won’t be on the list.

Whee.

7:00 — QB Thomas MacVittie is first in.

7:04 — OL Brandon Ford is next first up with the big tech leap of using e-mail rather than a fax (he got his in ahead of MacVittie — just MacVittie’s dad made it known on twitter that his son was faxing first).

7:13 — OL Justin Morgan

7:22  — DE Zack Gilbert

7:27-7:51 — Taking kid to school.

7:51 — While out, ATH Phil Campbell sent his in.

As did Bryce Hargrove, rocking one hell of a sportscoat.

Worth noting, the Central Catholic kids — Damar Hamlin, Rashad Wheeler and Bricen Garner — will be signing their NLI’s at approximately 9:45.

Aaron Mathews will be signing his NLI at 1pm.

8:09 — Whoops. Looks like the 1pm ceremony will be symbolic. WR Aaron Mathews has his NLI in to Pitt.

8:12 — OL Zack Williams

8:27 — DB Therran Coleman has checked the box.

8:37 — LB Elias Reynolds has come in from the cold.

8:40-9:22 — Drop off other kid. Drive to work.

9:22 — Missed a lot.

LB Bruce Garner sent over his NLI

Cake for everyone as CB Henry Miller made it official.

LB Kaezon Pugh represents for the ‘Quip.

WR Ruben Flowers is in.

And this is one of the big ones. DT Keyshon Camp made Pitt his choice. Great late get.

9:28 — 2 more for the lines.

DL Amir Watts

OL Zack Williams

9:30 — Rashad Wheeler is go. One more from Central Catholic.

10:11 CB Damar Hamlin has finished the trifecta.

Now just waiting for Chase Pine and George Hill. Plus Weaver ‘ decision at 3pm.

Note, paperwork isn’t in on Hamlin yet to make it official, but…

10:28 — In the meantime, LB Chase Pine sticks with Pitt after some extra drama.

10:32 — Bonus news.  Pitt football just announced that DE Ejuan Price was officially granted a 6th year by the NCAA.

11:16 — RB George Hill has signed. All verbal are signed.

Barring anything weird, next update should be around 3 pm when Rashad Weaver makes his decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





#1 priority IMO is the 1st to sign — good start

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 7:04 am

I hope Camp and/or Weaver sign with PITT today.

Comment by winedogs 02.03.16 @ 7:06 am

I like our chances with Camp.

Comment by MissingWlat 02.03.16 @ 7:20 am

Sure am happy to see MacVittie’s commitment! Keep the faxes coming. HTP

Comment by Jason 02.03.16 @ 7:34 am

Just in case anyone is wondering..

Chris Peak ?@PantherLair 2 minutes ago
Central Catholic players – Damar Hamlin, Bricen Garner, Rashad Wheeler – will sign with #Pitt at 9:45 am.

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 7:48 am

Pitt baby Pitt

Comment by Justin 02.03.16 @ 7:48 am

link to vimeo.com

Pitt 412 video..

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 8:00 am

Jerry DiPaola: Narduzzi on the phone with NJ WR Maurice Ffrench. Asks him if he’s offense or defense. Seems to like it when Ffrench says offense.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 8:08 am

It’s official – we have our pedo flip, signed on the dotted line and fax in hand.

Wahoo!

Back to work…

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 8:14 am

I feel the excitement of a Christmas morning when i was much younger. I have a deep feeling that this class is going to be something SPECIAL. Keep those faxes and emails coming. Today is not going to be a productive day at work for me and I’m sure many others. HTP!

Comment by barreman 02.03.16 @ 8:15 am

Kidding about the movies – I don’t think we’ll have any last minute surprises either good or bad.

Comment by Reed 02.03.16 @ 8:22 am

Camp has yet to verbal to anyone. If we get him and keep everyone else, I’m overjoyed.

Then comes the hard part …

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 8:25 am

Reed

I figured that you were kidding about the movies. But, you were truly telling us all to get a life.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 8:28 am

I thought this is our life??

Actually, I am once again on company time just waiting patiently(?) for information so I can complete a project due on Friday. Have to bide my time someway

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 8:41 am

Good to see theQB come through 1st..Symbolic of leadership!

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 8:51 am

Good to see theQB come through 1st..Symbolic of leadership!

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 8:51 am

I’m seeing double???
I remember Bookser toying with the staff during his recruitment a couple of years ago..Hopefully Pine comes through but he needs to be 100 % committed….

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 8:53 am

Emel – Of Gastonia, NC just faxed his LOI in to the Panthers. “Emel was heard utterly, I slept in a little today and had to take my fiber and take along piss.” priorities….

I hope Florida kid keeps commitment.

Start the new QB as a freshman. Screw this Redshirting shit. We have no talent at QB level now other than Nate and he is gone next year.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 8:56 am

If Pine signs with us, I hope that the coaching staff treats him very specially in camp. Payback is a bitch.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 8:57 am

Ten so far

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 9:00 am

Miller is in, now Pine, Camp and Weaver are the ???

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:04 am

NSmith_Trib: Norwin’s Peyton Deri will be a preferred walk on at Pitt. Will play either linebacker of safety. #wpial

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 9:09 am

Upitt – Your “start him as a freshman, screw the redshirting” comment won’t sit well with many in terms of being realistic, especially since (and this is a good point) McV has only played qb for 1 year, but I fully agree with your sentiment, basically, if he’s good enough, play him. period. If he doesn’t start (and most don’t think he has a chance), AND he is truly the #2, I’d say we need to get him (or whoever the #2 is) plenty of live game experience. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine when the #2 qb comes into a game with a 17 point lead and 1 minute to play (ala Wanny), and he hands the ball off twice. I’m tired of that wussy stuff.

Comment by 1618mt 02.03.16 @ 9:11 am

Pryts, 4-star from Hickory, just flipped to Stanford from PSU. If we get all of our verbals plus Camp, we may surpass PSU on most rating systems.

It really isn’t that important except perception

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:12 am

check this out … as retweeted by Audrey Snyder PG PSU rep

link to twitter.com

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:16 am

Pugh, the next great player from Alliquippa and Beaver County.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 9:19 am

wbb, no doubt we have their attention, Thank You Coach Narduzzi!

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 9:20 am

pmdH2P – no more negative comments please – we don’t want recruits reading that while they are trying to make a BIG decision – lol.

We can think it, but don’t say it today.

Nice flip by Stanford – my nephew played against Pryts this past season – I’m glad he changed his mind. I’m pretty sure he is NOT a 4-star though. He didn’t play like one in the game against my nephew.

Back to work…

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 9:21 am

Erie

“Specially” means with kid gloves. Maybe iron his uniform and put talc on his jock. Mix some red pepper powder with the talc a few times.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 9:23 am

Beat Pitt bu the PSU Band??????? Whats going to happen to PSU (not that I care) when they fall even further in the BIG with the coaching and players they have? Oh and not to mention the asswhipping they will get Sept 10. I am changing my vacation plans all around to Sint Maarten to be back for that one!

Comment by WarrenPAnther 02.03.16 @ 9:23 am

link to timesonline.com

“Pitt following Narduzzi’s theme: Recruit to scheme”

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 9:24 am

Camp is a big get. This class maybe one of the best in a LONG time.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 02.03.16 @ 9:30 am

link to twitter.com

Camp looking great with that Pitt fitted cap on.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 9:35 am

Miller, Camp and Williams all from Florida .. and all received good offers

Glad to see us in Florida

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:36 am

Great news on Camp!

Comment by bj 02.03.16 @ 9:36 am

NickC, LOL

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:39 am

I already need a recap of what’s happened. I feel like the only guys we haven’t got so far are Sanders and Hudson.

Comment by ShorePitt 02.03.16 @ 9:39 am

Jerry DiPaola: Narduzzi announces: “(Florida DT) Keyshon Camp is in the house.” He committed this morning. “Thanks for your trust,” the coach said.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 9:40 am

Would someone who tweets go on Chase Pine’s acct..@Pinestar11 and interpret the tweets

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 9:40 am

1618 – I agree and you grow a kid and invest and make him great with reps. The other kids no offence are D2 caliber kids who were not recruited heavily and did nothing so far.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 9:41 am

only Hamlin, Hill and Pine are left. Hill has hardly had any mention here lately but possibly the most talented in the class .. or at least among the top 2 or 3

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:47 am

I see that Pine might announce at 10:30 based on what I can make out of a Google search of his Twitter handle.

Comment by Panther Pride 02.03.16 @ 9:48 am

I would love all 3 but not going to Pine over Pine

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 9:49 am

link to twitter.com

Hamlin in his Pitt gear at Central Catholic signing day.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 9:53 am

Wow, remember when Franklin was getting all the early 4 and 5 star commits and Narduzzi had precious few, many here were panicked or at least worried a little.

Now even Audrey Snyder is lamenting the collapse.

Camp the icing on the cake. What a class!

Hopefully Pine is just being overly dramatic.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 10:02 am

Pitt with a mention on ESPN signing day coverage.. Because of the Camp commitment..

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 10:05 am

Tom Savage ?@TomSavage03 7 minutes ago
#NationalSigningDay … To think I signed to 3 different schools in my career. Tip for the signees … Stick with one. #Rutgers #UofA #Pitt

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 10:10 am

@NickC I noticed the same thing with Hamlin

Comment by bj 02.03.16 @ 10:11 am

Audrey is lamenting? Crying in her pom poms?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 10:12 am

check this out

link to twitter.com

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 10:13 am

Where are you Dr Tom? We need to hear an “I told you so”

C’mon Emel, first and foremost you are a Pitt Fan, how about at least an HTP!

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 10:15 am

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 10:17 am

Chris Peak ?@PantherLair 1 minutes ago
Chris Peak Retweeted Tom DiPasquale
Hamlin any minute now, Chase Pine at 10:30, George Hill at 11

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 10:17 am

Come on Emel. It’s like a family obligation. You HAVE to at least make an appearance.

Comment by Trousers 02.03.16 @ 10:22 am

I like the fact that Thomas MacVittie made the decision to get on board first thing so that guys on the fence would know for sure the future QB is coming here.

I’m very happy about Miller signing too. Maddox will make a nice nickel back coming in to cover the slot receiver.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:24 am

ESPN Stats & Info: DT Keyshon Camp (ESPN 300 No. 147) to Pitt, giving @GoPittFootball its 3rd ESPN 300 commitmt (most since 2008 – 4) in Narduzzi’s 1st full yr

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 10:27 am

Jack, I like your thinking but one has to think that it will be a similar set up to Whitehead with the kids not getting the full time starting job till after a few games. That was even with the guys only having a semester up on Whitehead, let alone a full season and another round of spring ball.

Comment by tedsptman 02.03.16 @ 10:28 am

Pitt signing day info:

link to pittsburghpanthers.com

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:29 am

Chris Dokish: Chase Pine has a Pitt hat on

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 10:29 am

Chris Dokish ?@ChrisDokish 3 minutes ago
Chase Pine has a Pitt hat on

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:30 am

Dokish on the new class:

link to panthersprey.blogspot.com

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:33 am

link to twitter.com

Video of Pine choosing Pitt.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 10:33 am

tedsptman, of course I don’t mean right away. No way Narduzzi is going to play 2 true freshman CB’s this season.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:34 am

8:57 a.m Upitt does Snoopy dance over Fla commits, joins Emel in bowl of fiber with prune juice chaser.
Jazzed about this group.

wbb I am on the govt teet, thinking about work but following NLI. Multi-tasking.
HAIL TO PITT!!!!! Welcome aboard young men.

Comment by rkb 02.03.16 @ 10:36 am

From top to bottom on paper, best class since Wanny maybe since Jackie. Hopefully they exceed expectations on the field.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 10:36 am

Elian Price granted his 6th year.

Comment by Nick 02.03.16 @ 10:37 am

Ejuan Price granted 6th year of eligibility!
Boom

Comment by Justin 02.03.16 @ 10:38 am

Great news on Price! He can train this guy…

link to twitter.com

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:38 am

Apparently Ejuan autocorrects to Elian.

Comment by Nick 02.03.16 @ 10:41 am

Outstanding job by the staff. Now lets fill that stadium for every game and keep these kids fired up and rarin to go.

Comment by Pitt60 02.03.16 @ 10:43 am

Microsoft needs to give up on auto correct…nobody likes it. I prefer spell check where I get the choice….

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:44 am

Great NLI Day. #DreamOn #412Crew

link to youtube.com

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.03.16 @ 10:46 am

I remember Pat Bostick sending his fax in at 7:00 AM. Expect MacV to have a much better college career than PB.

Comment by tomcat 02.03.16 @ 10:46 am

wbb – for cheerleader Audrey and the Peds who brag about 107 strong, remember Sun Myun Moon once married 30,000 people at once,he was Korean and somewhat a cultist. Ped State ie Korea of Pennsylvania Rather be a Pitt grad and fan any day of the week. H2P

Comment by rkb 02.03.16 @ 10:46 am

Jack – you don’t know…

Great start to LOI – finish well with ZERO negative news.

Did Hudson sign with Michigan yet?

Back to work…

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 10:48 am

DE Ejuan Price was officially granted a 6th year by the NCAA!!

Best pick up of the day!

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 02.03.16 @ 10:50 am

What’s the word on Weaver?

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 11:00 am

So just George Hill and Weaver left to go.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 11:02 am

rkb – I liken the Pedos to a Stepford culture.

Comment by tomcat 02.03.16 @ 11:12 am

What’s the word on Weaver?
————

He’s making his announcement at 3..

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 11:15 am

gc – over on Pittsburgh Sports Now there is a source that tells Vuk that Weaver will sign with Pitt over the pedos & Temple. That’s all I got on that.

Back to work…

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 11:15 am

Hill is in. He is a stud.

Wow, what a great job by the staff! I don’t remember the last time football recruiting included so many good athletes. Most of these kids played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball.

Team speed has increased, that is for sure.

Comment by notrocketscience 02.03.16 @ 11:18 am

link to post-gazette.com

“Camp, rated as a three-star prospect on Rivals.com, signed with Pitt this morning, choosing the Panthers over Missouri, Michigan and USC.

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi took a call from Camp around 9:30 a.m. to confirm the commitment, and announced to a room of reporters, “Keyshon Camp’s in the house!”

“I can’t wait until you’re playing in this defense,” Narduzzi told Camp, a Lakeland, Fla., native.”

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 11:19 am

No flips from us this year. I like that!

Comment by Pittastic 02.03.16 @ 11:20 am

H2P!!

Way to go Duzz! Really looking forward to next season!

I’m pumped!

Comment by Panther Pride 02.03.16 @ 11:25 am

Merry Christmas, Happy Haunakah, Kwanza and Festivis fellow Pitt fans. Only Weaver left at 3pm today!

Comment by Dan 72 02.03.16 @ 11:31 am

I certainly don’t have the same level of knowledge about these players as some of the other Blather-ites, but I’m enjoying the excitement on this page!

I’m glad to see the renewed energy that Narduzzi and his staff have brought to the team is paying off in recruiting. It’s really how the better programs go from good to great.

Comment by Lou in Indy 02.03.16 @ 11:37 am

Haven’t seen this much buzz about Pitt football…..just incredible the difference.

Comment by Dan 02.03.16 @ 11:39 am

It’s a beautiful day in York, Pa (raining like crazy) because
LOI Day has been full of sunshine.
Great job by all the coaches.

H2P !!

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 11:39 am

so remember all that speed Wanny wanted way back when?

Chris Dokish ?@ChrisDokish 7 minutes ago
By comparison, Robert Foster ran an 11.19 100m:

Jester Weah 10.59
George Hill 10.75
Quadree Henderson 10.80
Jordan Whitehead 10.89

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 11:40 am

Fellow blatherites: Kudos to our chancellor and AD for giving Coach Narduzzi and his staff the support (i.e. money) to allow this great day to happen. And thanks to Coach Narduzzi and his staff for their dogged efforts throughout the recruiting cycle. There is no doubt that this staff recognizes the importance of it.

Comment by MissingWlat 02.03.16 @ 11:41 am

Frankcan and The Rev George are smiling from a much better place.

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 11:44 am

Today was a small step. The 2nd small step. The first was our reg season record this past year. The next will be to match our 1st HCPN reg season record given a way harder schedule. The next will be next year’s top 20 recruiting class. Then TT’s 10-2. Then a top 15 recruiting class. And playing to be in a major bowl.

Drinking Kool Aid? Charlie Brown/Pitt Fan Over-Optimistic-itis?

I DONT THINK SO!!!!!!

HTP

Comment by DD 02.03.16 @ 11:44 am

Improve the W-L record? Check
Bring energy to the program? Check
Recruiting: Protect Western PA? Check
Expand recruiting geo, especially FL? Check
Beat big time programs for 4*recruits? Check
Stick it to PSU? Check Dominate this!

What a day. How about some recognition from the doubters? Enjoy the moment!
On a roll! Beat UVA.

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 11:44 am

SO when do we hear from our local critic’s corner (UPITT) assessment of the signing class:-)

Comment by markp 02.03.16 @ 11:49 am

Upitt will choose to speak about Jamie Dixon’s shortcomings on a day like today. :) That’s just how he rolls.

Comment by Tony in Harrisburg 02.03.16 @ 11:52 am

Feel like a 60 Minutes reporter bursting in. “Upitt Baseball, do you have any comment on Pitt’s recruiting class?”

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 11:56 am

Most amazing is how so many of these guys excel on both sides of the ball. Most high school stars play on both sides, but not all are equally as good.

Defense just took a giant leap forward.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 11:59 am

This was only year one. 2017 is projected to be even better. Get ready. When the Pitt admin is all in on football, great things happen.

The wall around the WPIAL started today. Still a few places to be fortified but it’s going up quickly.

Anyone remember all the worries back in June about the lack of commits? LMAO.

Anyone remember all the comparisons to the commits by PSU at the same time? How did that turn out for them? LMAO.

Patience is a virtue. Onward.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 02.03.16 @ 12:02 pm

TT, you are our compass! Always pointing North! Here’s to 10-2!

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:04 pm

We can criticize our past coaches all we want but there is nothing like getting support from the AD and especially the chancellor.

Yes, our coaching staff are relentless recruiters but think of …

– all the travel expenses, especially when the coaches teamed up on a few remote targets
– the updated state-of-the-art SS facility
– the staffing up the admin personnel

It all contributes

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 12:07 pm

Mark and Tony – I’m extremely happy and impressed. Sorry to disappoint you two. I love the speed and talent and Florida connections. Now we need to get more and more from Florida and South.

I will be back on the Dixon stinks wagon after UVA smokes him later in the week.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:07 pm

Did the Rev pass?

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:07 pm

wbb – Good Point. Who knows how bad Pederson fucked things up for the coaches. I don’t even fault Graham anymore. Pederson killed everything he touched.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:08 pm

Sam in 215 – I’m very excited and happy with this class and where this can take the program. We no longer are fighting Toledo for talent.” Back to you in the studio Sam!

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:11 pm

Thank you Upiit. Now what about the case of Zika virus that was transmitted via sex in Dallas county? Ahhh never mind

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:11 pm

Also exciting and another measure of the enthusiasm Coach Narduzzi has brought are the amount of new posters on this site!

Comment by Dan 72 02.03.16 @ 12:12 pm

Upittbb. I believe that Rev George has passed.

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 12:16 pm

UPITT – glad to see you had a sip of the kool aid…

Comment by markp 02.03.16 @ 12:20 pm

Sam – Thank God I’m in Tarrant County!! Back to you buddy. Folks Sam is live with The Donald getting his hair cut on the Trump 737.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:21 pm

Isnore – Howdy from a fellow panther in York (although I’m working in Lancaster. Not the most productive morning but it sure was fun seeing the excitement build instead of worrying about who we lost.) HTP

Comment by Dan 02.03.16 @ 12:21 pm

RIP Rev. If anyone deserves Heaven it was that guy!

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:21 pm

I will add that this Camp Kid can kiss our ass. Is he a prima donna? Sign the sheet and get it in or lose your spot son.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:22 pm

Speaking of the difference between free and paid recruiting website info – take a look at Rival’s current recruiting board – none of these formally committed recruits have any dates listed as signed… but the pay board for Rivals, Between Fifth and Forbes has had regular updates.

link to pittsburgh.n.rivals.com

Both Scouts and ESPN have been updating their lists as the faxes roll in and 247 doesn’t keep count.

Comment by Reed 02.03.16 @ 12:23 pm

Man, the Rev must be smilin down right about now with this class!

Congrats to the entire Pitt community on this class. I do want to thank Paul Chryst for telling the Chancellor that our prior AD was a cluster, which started the ball rolling. The ball is now a boulder.

Way to go guys!! Can we get one more surprise later today?

Comment by dhuffdaddy 02.03.16 @ 12:26 pm

Upitt, Camp signed at 9:30

Comment by pd 02.03.16 @ 12:28 pm

Thank you Upitt. I can now report that The Donald is now actually pulling the hair from his buttocks up and combing it over his head. I will keep you apprised of further developments in this story..

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:29 pm

Now let’s go win 9+ FB games in a season.

HCPN and staff had a very good day – one positive addition, so far and ZERO negatives.

Back to work…

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 12:35 pm

I know it’s early but we know who we got. Which recruits DON’T redshirt as Freshmen next year?

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:38 pm

Sam….I have no idea of the inside joke….but the description of the Donald is hilarious.

A southern thank you from North Florida.

Comment by Tallahassee panther 02.03.16 @ 12:38 pm

Yesterday I read a quote from The Donald from about 10 years ago referring to his daughter … “if Ivanka wasn’t my daughter, I might date her” .. which of course would be just the right age for him (the rest of us can only dream).

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 12:44 pm

@Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:07 pm

26% of the class is from Dixie (6 of 23).
61% is PA, OH, NJ (14 of 23)
13% is other – in this case NYC and Chicago, other times it’s New England (3/23)

That’s a pretty good break down, I think. Gotta strike a balance between Southern speed and protecting your back yard. Lot of talent in Youngstown, WPIAL, Philly, NJ.

Comment by BostonsCommon 02.03.16 @ 12:45 pm

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here yet…it will take 1-2 years before most of these guys can make an impact of this team. But the trend is looking up. I’m already excited about next year’s signing day.

Price coming back is big though….that and Conner and a very good O-line.

The DE transfer Hendrix will help improve the defense. Of course we all expect Hamlin to be a big improvement overs Pitts this season.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 12:47 pm

Dan @12:21PM >>> Nice to see a fellow Panther in PedState territory. When you read the local newspapers around here you would hardly know that Pitt exists >>>>After we smash the Nittany Pussycats they will have to face reality!!

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 12:47 pm

wbb, have you seen the photo of the daughter at age 15 on his lap? Doesn’t get any creepier.

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:47 pm

Ivanka is pretty fine fellas.

I’m still dating the Estonian. Fellas – If you are single find yourself a good Estonian girl.

I also have free golf at Breakers in WPB if you guys are every down that way.

Some of you should come watch Pitt play Miami in Baseball this spring. It will be ugly but the weather and cigars will be great.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:51 pm

Sam – I once dated a Pitt Girl from Langhorne. 215 Crew. Haha

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 12:51 pm

Comment by Reed 02.03.16 @ 12:53 pm

Evidently her father agrees that she’s fine. Repeat-Her father agrees. In you own words Upitt, Gross

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 12:54 pm

It will be real interesting to see how much these guys push the upper class men next fall.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 12:54 pm

Sam, with a paper thin D/L I think Watts @ Camp quickly get in the rotation. Hamlin & Miller both should get on the field as well. Only offensive player I see getting time is Flowers.

Comment by pd 02.03.16 @ 12:56 pm

UPitt .. Who you like in the SuperBowl??

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 12:58 pm

Really excited about this class. We have a Chancellor, AD and HC that absolutely “get it”.
This coaching staff is a hard working bunch of guys with a mission from their leader.

There will be no let down as this coming weekend we are hosting a ‘Junior Day” and bringing in many potential players for 2017. #norestfor theweary
Hail to Pitt!!!

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 02.03.16 @ 12:59 pm

pd, agree on those. No Pine? He needs to get bigger but we do need LB help too. Pugh is intriguing.

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 1:01 pm

Penn State coach James Franklin this recruiting class will help the Nittany Lions match up with the rest of the Big Ten.

link to espn.go.com

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.03.16 @ 1:01 pm

Paid for my season tickets and after this LOI day I did it without drinking gallons of Kool-aid, a quart or two but not gallons!

Comment by WarrenPAnther 02.03.16 @ 1:03 pm

Coach NardDog will be on KDKA FM – the Fan at 5:00, reportedly

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.03.16 @ 1:03 pm

Do not like to touch negatives on great day like this but there is an old Polish proverb like this ” uh on me once your fault, uh on me twice, my fault”. Pitt got rid of Pederson once then hired him a second time after Osborne fired him at Nebraska for wrecking their program.That fault goes to Nordy. Thats why its so great to have a top administrative team, Chancellor, AD and coaches. H2p

Comment by Pitt60 02.03.16 @ 1:04 pm

What a great job by this coaching staff. HCPN has been on the job a little over a year and to make the inroads he needed to and to get the quality of players he did, speaks volumes for his staff and HCPN’s abilities. To pull in a kid like Camp at the last minute, boy that is some serious crootin. When you think of the time needed to build relationships with the local coaches and players, isn’t it crazy that HCPN was able to get the locals on board so fast. It is pretty obvious that Pitt will go after any player the feel will fit their program no matter who else is after that player or what part of the country they are from.

I also love the Pedo’s state of affairs. Losing Pryts today had to hurt, especially when his dad played there. They had a significant number of big time players go elsewhere, which definitely put a black mark on this incoming class. If Franklinstein loses the Pitt game, he’ll be a rough spot. Would hate to see him go as he makes things easier for Pitt.

Comment by FoolOfPitt 02.03.16 @ 1:04 pm

As I look at these outstanding recruits, I am reminded that Aaron Donald — arguably one of the Top 10 players in Pitt’s long history, and certainly the most-decorated — was a 3-star recruit who received only one other P5 offer … from Rutgers.

link to n.rivals.com

Good days ahead for this program. I can’t wait to see it.

Comment by Jim Lakely 02.03.16 @ 1:05 pm

Sorry – here is the Pitt Public relations Dept’s official LOI Day posting of the class of 2016 recruits – great detailed write up and nice videos of each kid.

http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com

Comment by Reed 02.03.16 @ 1:06 pm

Big B – On paper Panthers should win this game and kick the Broncos ass.

But – Cam Newton will not have a good game and I believe the Broncos Defense does enough. I think Peyton short passes them to death and Denver Covers the Spread. Not sure if they win but a 2-3 point game at most. I love Denver and Under. Denver getting 5 eh?

I think the NFL wants Manning to win and retire and have a great story it can sell.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 1:11 pm

Isnore: I had not heard Rev George passed – very sad – great Pitt fan, good poster to this blog.

Good people on this blog – sorry I couldn’t meet some of you at the bowl game or tailgating last year. Hopefully in the future

Good day for the program – HCPN real deal on recruiting. I’m optimistic on the direction of this program.

Comment by Mill 02.03.16 @ 1:11 pm

We see all these ratings for the various players that signed today. I’d love to see someone actually rate each collegiate coach for 1 to 5 stars. And now that we have these great players……… let’s get the great Mustard & Blue uniforms back to show them off in…….. !!

Comment by Mtoolmn 02.03.16 @ 1:18 pm

pd, I think it will be tough for a freshman to play much on the D-Line, it happens but the lines favor maturity. Jarrett, Moody, Taleni and Dintino, are all big string guys and have three or four years in the weight room ahead of them.

If Camp and/or Watt do get to play let’s hope it is because they are really ready and not because the others have failed.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 1:24 pm

UPitt, I think Newton is going to rip them apart and Peyton once again shows that he is an old, washed up guy that should have retired last year.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 1:27 pm

GC, I get what your saying but, Moody has shown almost nothing since being here. Jarrett tires too quickly and fades due to carrying too much weight. Taleni is probably nothing but a career back-up and Dintino is an unknown.

Comment by pd 02.03.16 @ 1:33 pm

I don’t know who will win the Super Bowl, but saying that Peyton Manning is old, washed up, and should have retired last year is interesting since he led his team to the No. 1 seed in the AFC and is playing in the Super Bowl.

Comment by kanyon40 02.03.16 @ 1:35 pm

GC – Friendly Wager?

America all thinks that and in my eyes shows this is a sucker bet.

Newton won’t be able to handle the Defense and Limelight.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 1:36 pm

Sam, I think Pine is an outstanding pick-up but I don’t know if he leap frogs over guys like McKee/Brightwell. Same goes for Campbell really like him but Stocker will probably be on the field before him.

Comment by pd 02.03.16 @ 1:38 pm

BigB – still betting against UPitt? – you owe him a ride on your yacht that you’ve won this year.
Reed thanks for the link.
Last year some and through part of recruiting some questioned whether Nard could close. HE CAN.
H2P

Comment by rkb 02.03.16 @ 1:44 pm

@Upitt, been thinking that myself. Bronco’s D is not to be underestimated.

Comment by Dan 02.03.16 @ 1:47 pm

When I saw mention of The Donald, I expected a reference to Aaron. What a disappointment.

Comment by OhHowIhateOhioState 02.03.16 @ 1:51 pm

2rkb..respect Upitts betting savey..would like to recoup early season losses so I can put money into my yacht which is a never-ending story if you have ever owned a boat then ya know what I mean!!

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 1:54 pm

For those of you that don’t know it, I live in a Columbus suburb. I have been diagnosed with a serious illness and am being treated at the prominent OSU hospital. When I was assigned my room, I was told that I would have a great view of OSU stadium. I was unsuccessful in getting my room changed.

Comment by OhHowIhateOhioState 02.03.16 @ 1:57 pm

I see Rashan Gary picked Michigan. At least he’ll being beating up on the pedos and OSU.

It must be tough on the kids choosing to play for the pedos knowing they’ll never be any higher than 3rd in their own division while in Unhappy Valley.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 2:01 pm

@ OhHowIhateOhioState…..I hope you’re kidding…

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 2:03 pm

OhHow– In the face of major adversity your outstanding sense of humor should help you achieve recovery.

Thank G-d your room does not face Pedometer Stadium.

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 2:05 pm

Doesn’t sound like a kidding??

@OhHowIhateOhioState, my prayers and thoughts to you with a strong recovery my friend.

Comment by Dan 02.03.16 @ 2:06 pm

DL in 2016, why no mention of Allen Edwards? We just recruited (extremely well !!) some good high school players. Here’s what they will be up against: Allen Edwards, in the picture of four, is second from the left.

link to twitter.com

Comment by PetePitt73 02.03.16 @ 2:06 pm

Pedometer Stadium ???

Must be some goofy form of auto correct. LOL.

Comment by Isnore 02.03.16 @ 2:07 pm

Get well OhHowIHateOhioState.

UPitt, I don’t gamble sorry. Just think the AFC was extremely soft this year with tons of injuries at NE and Pittsburgh. Denver’s D is good, but Ben had few problems and he can’t move. Cam on the other hand…Manning has been getting away with too many wounded ducks. Carolina linebackers will pick them off.

Manning has choked in the playoff more than any other QB. Too much pressure for him.

Only thing that could save Denver is turnovers.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:11 pm

OhHow – Prayers for you buddy!!! I have to go to Cincy next week. If I get down to Columbus I will come spend some time with you. Maybe slip in some scotch past the nurses.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 2:12 pm

Last year at this time I was singing the praises of Narduzzi’s recruiting skills. Peterman, DiNucci, Hendrix, Brightwell, Edwards, McKee, Scarpinato, and of course bring home Jordan Whitehead. I was told by some that this was not an exceptional class. Maybe not, but it was a clear demonstration of Narduzzi’s ability to plug up the holes in the schedule that needed immediate help. All accomplished within weeks of taking the reins of Pitt football in his hands.

This clas is exceptional. When Upittbaseball becomes joyful you know Pitt has just hit a home run. The real hidden gem here and now? Competition! Good players without serious competition to push them for starting spots just remain good. However with such competition from other really talented athletes forges Champions! Another benefit to be seen with this incoming class? Immediate depth at positions that needed both talent and depth. Defensive line, defensive backfield, even the LBs Corp. now strengths on this team. This defense will dominate, This Year! Mark my words.

Just to satisfy gc, I TOLD YOU Narduzzi and Co. Could recruit!

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.03.16 @ 2:13 pm

ESPN says we are the eighth best recruiting class in the ACC. Say What!

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:16 pm

Does anyone know where the player (I think his name was Butler) ended up?

Comment by markp 02.03.16 @ 2:21 pm

I figure that an Estonian girl friend will keep Upitt very happy—except for not having as much time to look at girls on the beach.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 2:21 pm

Upitt, why haven’t I been introduced to this Estonian’s friends yet?

Comment by tedsptman 02.03.16 @ 2:23 pm

link to insider.espn.go.com

“Still can’t get no respect” – Rodney Dangerfield

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:25 pm

Prayers as well for ya OhHow…

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 2:27 pm

Teddy – She is in West Palm…

She has a few…

PMD – She looks at them with me and makes fun of me. Haha.

Something in the water in Estonia. Nice and Sweet and Beautiful and Humble.

I keep pinching myself.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 2:27 pm

Does anyone know what address on Periscope that Coach Duzz 3 pm news conference will be ?

Comment by Panther Fan in Hoopieland 02.03.16 @ 2:28 pm

GC – I agree… I just think the Good Lord gives Peyton enough. Not sure they win but bet teh farm Denver covers.

Especially after the Seahawks embarrassment.

Denver’s Defense is hardcore.

Did you watch Atlanta beat Panthers?

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 2:30 pm

30th on Rivals

link to n.rivals.com

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:32 pm

OhHow, best wishes for your recovery … and hope you have to put up with those insufferable fans for decades to come

markp, Tony Butler ended with Nebraska. With Damlin, Miller, Coleman and Hill in the fold, he doesn’t seem like that big of a loss anymore

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 2:37 pm

UPitt, yeah, one loss all year, probably glad they got that out of the way. Too much pressure to run the table.

The Good Lord and a couple of steroid and pain injections, lol

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:39 pm

gc, FWIW, Rivals has Camp as 3-star and Reynolds as 2-star … just about everyone else has then one level higher

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 2:41 pm

GC – Haha… His shoulder has to squeak when he throws… Man has probably thrown a million times.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 2:44 pm

wbb, agreed, not really worried about the rankings. I think we did way better than expected and these kids have a lot of potential which is all you can hope for.

As far as the ACC, FLST, Clemson, Miami, significantly better, but all the rest within the margin of error.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:51 pm

Anyone think Miami can win the ACC in 1-2 years under Richt?

Think we can?

Or is FSU and Clemson to strong?

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 2:53 pm

Probably not even Miami, but we have gained ground on all of them.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:54 pm

UPitt, I’m going to say no, but anything is possible. They both got excellent classes again.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 2:56 pm

The Super Bowl comes down to Carolina’s O-line. I have no idea how good they are, but if they can keep Newton clean then the Panthers should win by a couple scores. The Steelers kept Denver’s rush in check, but Brady got creamed. The Steelers just made too many mistakes. Carolina has a much better D than Pgh.

Comment by Nick 02.03.16 @ 2:57 pm

How much money do some of these programs make?

Harbaugh just announced that the first spring practice will be held in Florida while the school is on spring break.

(maybe they’ll practice on the beach and the cheerleaders will have a wet t-shirt contest)

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 2:57 pm

OK, we had our few hours of enjoyment … time to focus on next year

link to panthersprey.blogspot.com

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 3:00 pm

Chris Dokish: One more for Pitt. DE Rashad Weaver, who originally committed to Michigan. That’s seven defensive linemen.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 3:02 pm

Upitt

“Nice and Sweet and Beautiful and Humble”? Well, they do say that opposites attract. I am happy for you.

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 3:04 pm

So, any word on Weaver?

H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 3:06 pm

Weaver signed with Pitt.

Comment by PetePitt73 02.03.16 @ 3:08 pm

Oops. Sorry, NickC. Missed your post.

Yahoo. H2P

Comment by pmdH2P 02.03.16 @ 3:08 pm

@wbb, Michigan’s athletic department generated $157 million last year, which is $100 million more than Pitt.

Comment by cnorwoodaz 02.03.16 @ 3:08 pm

We did lose Wallace to Clemson didn’t we?—Nevertheless it seems like on paper this will be a great class of recruits. Hope we have a few Whitehead 1st year stars to help us get trough next season on a positive note.

Comment by jrnpitt 02.03.16 @ 3:10 pm

What a difference a year makes? We have recruits that had offers from tOSU, Michigan, USC, etc. Two years ago were competing with the MAC schools. And on the Super Bowl, if Denver’s D can stop Brady, they’ll confuse and cause Cam to throw a few up for grabs. I say Peyton game manages one last win.

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 3:11 pm

Just checked in to see if we got Weaver….nice….

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 3:16 pm

Brady is a statue, Newton is a fullback that runs like a gazelle.

What a job, Defensive Line, Defensive Backfield, Linebackers oh my!

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 3:16 pm

OhHow… My prayers for your complete recovery friend

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 3:17 pm

Seattle 48 – Denver 8, how soon we forget.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 3:18 pm

Human Growth Hormone can only do so much.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 3:19 pm

AZ Cardinals had the #1 offense and #5 defense.

Carolina 49 – Cardinals 15

How soon we forget, indeed.

Denver could be getting +16 and still not cover.

Comment by cnorwoodaz 02.03.16 @ 3:24 pm

The addition of Weaver did nothing to Pitt’s Rival ranking. They’re still at #30. Rivals only have him as a 2-Star. Regardless, this was a great day for Pitt. One of the best signing days in a long time. Now, we get to see what they can do on the field in the next few years.

Comment by Panther Pride 02.03.16 @ 3:32 pm

PMD – Damn that is hard!

CZNorwood- wager?

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 3:33 pm

Just watched Weaver’s HUDL, it had over 24,000 hits. He looks very athletic for a big guy with a frame to get bigger and stronger. Think we found a diamond in the rough.

Comment by gc 02.03.16 @ 3:37 pm

I just wish that all these “Defensive Recruits” had one year with our coaches and training staff under their belt before the 2016 season started. But like I previously posted, hopefully we will get a couple of Whitehead like performances out of this class this coming season.

Comment by jrnpitt 02.03.16 @ 3:46 pm

Weaver is a 3 star on both ESPN & the 247 composite. Final decision apparently between Pitt, Penn St. and Temple. Nice offer list. Not likely a “2 star”. Good pickup, but we already have quite a few DL #s in this class, maybe they’re thinking TE?

Comment by 1618mt 02.03.16 @ 3:46 pm

Chris Dokish: Narduzzi also said that they are still trying to get Chris Clark eligible to play this season.

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 3:52 pm

It’s crazy how our football recruits had offers from all of the big time programs. I just clicked on the Pitt basketball tab on rivals to look at what schools have offered our bball recruits. Jamie needs some help with recruiting asap.

Comment by ShorePitt 02.03.16 @ 3:59 pm

Great recruits. Also we recruited well in ACC territory even though ESPN (not as good as Rivals) has us 8 in conference. I think we will see these recruits with a couple of starters and certainly backups during the season. We need them for tough schedule. H2P

Comment by Frank MD 02.03.16 @ 4:01 pm

For all the Carolina backers–John Fox has two weeks to prepare for Cam Newton. I know Cam is a freak athlete but I believe he still has moments where he is unsure of what he is seeing in the secondary. Put a spy on him and if the rush is there, I think he can be slowed down. And he’s not in Carolina. But there is a reason I gave up betting long ago so take it for what it’s worth.

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 4:04 pm

Shore – Jamie needs to help himself. He has zero excuses.

Comment by Upittbaseball 02.03.16 @ 4:04 pm

Rashad Weaver on board. A VERY GOOD Get for Pitt.

Look for him to make an impact as a Pass Rusher.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.03.16 @ 4:11 pm

Obviously Weaver’s weekend stopover in Happy Valley wasn’t so happy.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.03.16 @ 4:15 pm

Sam_in_2015 – Fox was fired during the offseason. Kubiak (Offensive minded coach) has two weeks to prepare and Wade (Historically known for tripping over himself and causing his team to choke in the big game) as the defensive coordinator more than likely will find a way to screw it up.

Comment by tedsptman 02.03.16 @ 4:15 pm

Would love to see Clark eligible this year…

How can we be 30th in the country and 8th in the ‘weak’ ACC? Do these dolts not know that there’s 5 power conferences and the ACC is considered to be the weakest?

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 4:16 pm

So sad.

Comment by PittofDreams 02.03.16 @ 4:17 pm

Philips is one of the best DQ’s in the NFL. I expect Denver to get waxed though…

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 4:17 pm

cbs has pitt at the #30 class, 4th in the ACC

link to 247sports.com

Comment by KeyboardKev 02.03.16 @ 4:18 pm

“DC’s”

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 4:18 pm

ted, Oops I meant Wade Phillips. My bad. He is a great defensive coordinator. Bad head coach but great DC. Same thought

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 4:20 pm

HISTORY WAS MADE TODAY…. HERE’S WHY

3 players out of FL
Top player out of Virginia
Top player out of NY
3 high players out NJ
Flipped a USC commit.
4star from OH
A Top evaluated QB in country

Ped state 0-5 when they tried to flip a Pitt player

We Flip a Ped State player

Pitt makes Ped State sweat… and sweat hard on 2 of their key recruits we almost flipped (sanders and toney)
(BTW Franklinstein told Toney he would ‘kiss him on the mouth’ he was so happy he stuck)

Miami loses to us on an FL recruit
V. Tech loses to us on top LB in Virginia
Top OH kid picks us and walks away from OSU
LSU can’t take our quarterback

head to head Ped State and Pitt (exclude sanders who committed before duzz was hired) and we took Hamlin, Mathews, Watts, Camps, etc.?

If even half of the above had happened we would have been happy…. all of this??

First year? Crazy!!

Comment by PittScript 02.03.16 @ 4:26 pm

I think Cam gets some hits and that does affect a QB. NC road game. I think game close.

Comment by Frank MD 02.03.16 @ 4:30 pm

PittScript – “kiss on the mouth”? Is that what he really said?

After all the Sandusky turmoil you’d think he would be more discrete.

Comment by dinosaur 71 02.03.16 @ 4:39 pm

Some of you have a disturbing infatuation with PSU…It’s just really weird.

This is a great full cycle recruiting class for Pitt. This coaching staff really makes you believe in their plan to get Pitt to the next level, unlike the last two staffs.

As for faxing, can this 80’s technology please die? At least Brandon Ford went with the e-fax…or email. I assume it was an e-fax though.

Comment by Matt 02.03.16 @ 5:08 pm

@matt,

if you grew up watching the rivalry you would understand.

Comment by goalie44 02.03.16 @ 5:36 pm

FWIW you can fax via email @faxmaker.com

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 5:38 pm

After a long day at work, it is good to see we secured all of our verbals, signed two additional in Camp / Weaver and then received the great news that Ejuan Price was granted and accepted a 6th year of eligibility.

Our CEO did a fine job – I look forward to this coming season. HCPN may top this roster off with a few grad transfers like MLB Neal from IL and the son of Pitt great Keith Hamilton (DL) from Rutgers.

As a side note: Michigan currently has 28 signed, may have one more signing today yet if you listen to ESPN – where does Hudson fit in there? I know he signed earlier this morning, but I thought the max # was 25…

Pitt currently has 24 signed – one more spot available – is Duzz keeping that open for someone, just in case?

We may never know…

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 5:38 pm

Erie, you are allowed max 85 schollies. So if you currently have only 55 schollies, you can sign 30. HCPN is going to get rid of a handful to meet the limit … some 5th year seniors may be shown the door, and others may be asked to transfer; it’s the sad part of the business but often inevitable

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 5:44 pm

Matt, remember the curling thermal paper of early faxes? Or they could telex their LOI!

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 5:48 pm

Matt – Infatuation implies a short term admiration. I think what you meant was a long enduring intense loathing of anything psu. That would probably better describe what you observing here.

If you’re not feeling it, just wait till the upcoming four game series is underway.

Comment by dinosaur 71 02.03.16 @ 5:50 pm

I imagine this board today was what a lot of big time programs go through every year. A bunch of grown men whose mood hinges on the whims of 19 and 19 year olds. Old(er) guys who know way too much about teenage football stars and the coaches trying to lure them to their college. Adults with responsible jobs stealing moments to catch up on which recruits signed and which flipped. Ain’t it awesome!!!

Comment by Sam_in_215 02.03.16 @ 5:54 pm

@ matt AFter years of shit from creepy valley in our direction…it not infatuation… it is simply realizing the historic moment of today.

Pitt leveled the playing field for the first time in decades…

realistically Ped State will get their coaching together and will always be a strong program…

Yet Pitt it back… not 6 years back… we mean going back to Jack Sherrill (sp) back!!! … potentially…. decades.

Their obession with us far exceeds some good jabs here today. Because their perception reality has been destroyed but they still don’t admit it yet.

So 3 coaches hired from WPIAL… need to hire 3 more… haha.

Comment by PittScript 02.03.16 @ 5:57 pm

@matt,
WE HATE PENN STATE BECAUSE:
– They have been our in-state rival for 150 years.
– They are a cult in the middle of nowhere which sits upon thousands of acres of cow manure and nothing else.
– These cult members are delusional, arrogant, self righteous farmers who think they are better than everyone else.
– Their former cult leader of all-time (poopy pants Joe) enabled, housed, covered up, and ignored a vicious sexual child predator who feasted on young, innocent, under privileged boys for not days, not weeks, not months, BUT for YEARS – turning his back to this shear EVIL and not doing anything about it because his glory and the glory of the cult would suffer.
– and finally, as a former PSU grad told me years ago: “99% of all college girls are beautiful, the other 1% go to Penn State…

Comment by pittman4ever 02.03.16 @ 6:31 pm

link to twitter.com

Awesome photo courtesy of Coach Harley..

Comment by NickC 02.03.16 @ 6:31 pm

Just a few unsolicited thoughts. First and foremost any Pitt fan that has the benefit of a historical perspective need no explanation on our preoccupation with those things penn state. The center of Pennsylvania is consumed by a vacuum created by penn state. And of course that is because, as true Pitt Faithful all understand, penn state SUCKS!

2nd, any Pitt fan that doesn’t fully appreciate the “running of the table” that Narduzzi & Co. accomplished today, unfortunately has missed a landmark occasion. This day will produce at least a half dozen future highlight reels on college players destined for the pros.

3rd, It’s time to start challenging your friends, relatives, coworkers and neighbors who call themselves football fans. This is Pittsburgh. The city that possesses six Lombardi Trophies! We know football, we appreciate good football, we support winners. Well then get on board because Narduzzi is producing a product worth it’s metal to such a football savy fanbase. Get off your a$$ and go sit in one of those yellow seats at Heinz Field on some home game Saturdays. You will be in for some quality college football. This program now deserves your support!

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.03.16 @ 6:33 pm

Oh How, wishing you a strong recovery. I am in Columbus and would gladly stop in on you. Upitt can smuggle in some scotch. Feel free to let us know where you are at in the “Wex”.

If you look at the stadium, one of my offices is in there. I can walk to you easily.

Great day for Pitt football. Congrats to our Chancellor, AD and especially all of the coaches. Will be hard to keep these guys but it sure feels good to be on the right side of the recruiting effort. And…we already have a 4 star and 3 star next year. Thorpe, Jeter and Adams are 3 more 4 stars that put us over the top!

Comment by dhuffdaddy 02.03.16 @ 6:34 pm

Oh, one more thing!
Besides the above mentioned points, if you really want to know what I think of PSU………..

Comment by pittman4ever 02.03.16 @ 6:34 pm

Current Pitt class rankings:

Scout 27th
Rivals 28th
247Sport 30th
ESPN 31st

Good class – very nice effort by our coaching staff.

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 6:39 pm

Current Pitt class rankings in the ACC:

Scout 4th
Rivals 5th
247Sport 4th
ESPN 5th

The ACC is averaging a ranking of 3rd among P5 conferences.

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 6:58 pm

Oh how…Blessings and prayers to you sir. My dad passed from lung cancer about 30 years ago and he was in WVA Univ hospital for months during the 85 football season. That facility overlooks the West end zone of Mountiner Stadium. It was torture visiting him. I have not been back to WVA since.

A great day in Pitt Football history. Great new players with a great staff to coach them. Cannot wait for 9/10 and the pedophile invasion.

Comment by Dan 72 02.03.16 @ 7:08 pm

Ruby Memorial … know it well. Got a cornea transplant there in early 90s Worked there from 88 thru 94 and also haven’t been back since

Comment by wbb 02.03.16 @ 7:16 pm

Recruiting class rankings are meaningless to me. In a program like Pitt’s, it is all about bringing in recruits that fill the voids in the roster. Nard Dog has done that perfectly with this class. Our interior defensive line was thin and lacked dominate players. Today we have Camp, Watts, Wheeler, Hargrove with Zack Gilbert able to move interiorly as he matures and adds weight.

In a snap a major weakness turns into a future strength. Probably two of these three see the field this year, Camp, Watts or Wheeler.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.03.16 @ 7:28 pm

If McVitties mom was aPresident .. She would be Baberaham Lincoln.. Just saw the family signing day pic on Vuk’s site

Comment by BigB 02.03.16 @ 7:39 pm

Just checking in, rough day at work, good day to be a Pitt fan. OHIHOS – speedy recovery my man. I hate them too but that’s a really good hospital. You’re in good hands.

UPitt, congrats on Miss Estonia. I knew it was more than the recruiting class responsible for your fountain of positivity.

And congratulations to the 25 young men who have chosen to represent the Univ. of Pittsburgh on the football field for the next 3,4,5 years. Here’s to fulfilling your dreams.

Comment by Iron Duke 02.03.16 @ 7:52 pm

Doc – our FB CEO filled many voids today. Very nice job of securing talent for future title runs.

The rankings were somewhat impressive to me – not Harbaugh impressive, but non the less it feels like a big surge upward for Pitt FB after 30 some years of average at best results.

HTP!

Comment by Erie Express 02.03.16 @ 8:20 pm

Home Run Pitt Coaches. Went after top talent and got it. Plays into the coaching scheme. If I am a recruit, one thing to take note of is Narduzzi, for the most part, made better half time adjustments than most coaches. This guy can coach. Talent + Coaching = Fun Time Winning

Comment by Kukumaluku 02.03.16 @ 8:58 pm

I was so busy today I completely lost track that it was NLOI day. What a welcome surprise to come home and pull up the Blather to see just how well we did!

H2P!

Comment by panther94 02.03.16 @ 9:01 pm

Went to the festivities at Heinz this evening. Over 2,000 in attendance. Have not seen Pitt fans this excited in decades. This staff is energetic and impressive. H2P!!

Comment by JP 02.03.16 @ 9:21 pm

Surprised that 247 doesn’t have one Pitt recruiter in their top 150. The pedos have 3 and the hoopies have 3. Tim Salem is rated at 162. He’s the only one in the top 200. Kevin Sherman is at 216.

link to 247sports.com

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 9:28 pm

Goalie – I did grow up watching the rivalry, while I may not be as old as some of you, I don’t like PSU either. I get the dislike, but some seem to comment more on hating Penn State than liking Pitt. That makes no sense to me.

Regardless of that, I really like what Pitt did in this class.

Comment by Matt 02.03.16 @ 9:43 pm

For POD….

Chris Dokish ?@ChrisDokish 6 hours ago

Sounds like Narduzzi just said George Hill may start out on offense.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 9:44 pm

Pitt Script – I would have to agree with you in regards to the PSU to Pitt infatuation as well. I only have to go as far as reading the Post Gazette these days. I’m not longer sure where the Sports Section of that paper is printed some days.

Comment by Matt 02.03.16 @ 9:45 pm

Matt, it’s like this…for some of us, our favorite 2 teams are Pitt and whoever plays the pedos. Most of us will take that to our graves…I know I will.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 9:46 pm

This is hilarious – intelligent nitters at their finest. link to bwi.forums.rivals.com

Comment by marcus of schaumburg 02.03.16 @ 9:55 pm

What a day to be a PITT Panther! There’s something special going here, just got back from LOI at Heinz. Favorite line from the “DUZZ” on AD Scott Barnes, doesn’t know the meaning of NO! They gave these guys all the means to go out balls to the wall and make a splash and that’s what they did. It starts from the top, thank you Chancellor Gallagher and Scott Barnes

Comment by PTG 02.03.16 @ 9:55 pm

Great article on next year’s recruits:

link to triblive.com

Wade is very much in the picture. Can you imagine him & Hamlin at the corners?

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:00 pm

Yeah PTG….Nordy & his pal Cyanide Steve have to be wondering what they did wrong. They’ll feel 10 times as stupid in a few years I assure you.

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:02 pm

For the younger set, you will understand PItt Ped State once you experience it. It was and should be the best rivalry on the East Coast. City sophistication vs. Country Bumpkin. You get the picture.

Comment by Kukumaluku 02.03.16 @ 10:10 pm

The pedos talking the big game….all 117 posts since yesterday. Think maybe they hate us too?

link to bwi.forums.rivals.com

Comment by Jackagain 02.03.16 @ 10:26 pm

Solid first year class…great job by the coaching staff…Not coincidentally (I’m sure), I received my football season ticket renewal application in the mail today!

Comment by HbgFrank 02.03.16 @ 10:50 pm

Thanks for the link,jackagain. Had to laugh at the psu fans who fear for their safety amid the rabid Pitt fans. Really??

Comment by Dinosaur 71 02.03.16 @ 11:06 pm

Jacksagain, after click on your link, I wish the game was tomorrow. What a bunch of A-holes.

Comment by Justinian 02.03.16 @ 11:36 pm

LOL Justinian….and Matt thinks we’re obsessed. Can’t wait ’till we beat them. Those boards will really light up them.

Yeah Dino…leave the women and children at the farm for that one….lol.

Comment by Jackagain 02.04.16 @ 12:04 am

uPitt, what are you thinking for a wager?

Comment by cnorwoodaz 02.04.16 @ 12:17 am

From my days at Pitt….
Pitt vs Penn State… Culture vs Agriculture
And another favorite…
Directions to Penn State: Go east until you smell it, go north until you step in it.

Good memories?

Comment by Annie 02.04.16 @ 12:21 am

From my days at Pitt….
Pitt vs Penn State… Culture vs Agriculture
And another favorite…
Directions to Penn State: Go east until you smell it, go north until you step in it.

Good memories?

Comment by Annie 02.04.16 @ 12:23 am

Sorry, don’t know why that posted twice. I hate typing on my phone.

Comment by Annie 02.04.16 @ 12:25 am

I checked out Black Shoe Diaries last night to see how the pedos class ended up and came a at perplexed by the drivel in all of the articles comment section. For instance an article on their premier RB, Miles Sanders, who single handed raise this class about ten spots in the class rankings had the very 1st comment created by a advertising robot for a rental car company. Thereafter, another 30 or so insane comments followed all involved with comments and replies about rental cars. WTF?

Plus most comments are a sentence long with little substance beyond sophomoric comments with tagged pictures to match often in reply to other juvenile comments left on the board. Seriously, I had to wade through about 40 comments before I read one multiple sentence, somewhat intelligent comment about the best recruit in PA, that was the subject of the article in the first place.

It’s like a bunch of middle school kids victimized with bad cases of ADD over there in creepy valley. Really kinda sad actually. Hopefully Miles Sanders won’t read that, because if he doe’s he’ll just end up shaking his head while wondering, “why did I come here again”? He deserves a lot more respect than those dicks gave him in the comments section, that’s all I know.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.04.16 @ 6:01 am

Thanks for that link Jackagain. After reading all of the posts, now I’m depressed. I had no idea how badly Pitt’s football team was before reading their in depth analysis. We stink!

Surprise players for the Panthers next season? Any thoughts?
Personally I’m all in for a breakout season for our new DE Hendrix. He will be a beast. I’m still high on Allen Edwards too, same as last season. I gave him props them even though he never saw the field as he integrated into Narduzzi’s system while continuing to bulk up in muscle. Allen will also contribute at the other DE spot. Less we forget about Price who was just granted a sixth year. He came into his own last season and will only be getting better this fall. As for the middle of the D line either Watts or Camp will break into the two deep for immediate playing time. And really as thin as thin as we were at that spot maybe both will burn their Freahmen RS. That will all depend on Connor Dintino though. If he is ready to contribute, which he should be then it will be difficult for both Freshmen to play this coming season.

Needless to say Hamlin sees the field a lot this season, and I think Miller does too. If these two guys are as good as their highlight reels show, Maddox may soon see his time on the field relegated to kick returns and special teams.

Now that Boyd is gone I suspect Ford to really blossom this year. He is a reliable receiver and I like his YAC stats. And speaking of blossoming, Flowers will be a surprise contributor this year too. He is a real talent!

What will be no surprise is how solid our OL will be, with Smith back and another year of experience from all of the returning guys, that group should be special.

Yeah, Penn State is going to own us in that early September game at Heunz we don’t have a prayer, wink, wink.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.04.16 @ 6:44 am

Pitt vs Penn State.. If you never experienced it .. Well tighten your chin straps… Penn State was the king of eastern football through most of the 60’s and early 70’s winning the Lambert trophy several times and often shunned by the pollsters.. Pitt was the polar opposite during that time period.. PSU football was the benchmark where we needed to be and may posters experienced Pitts rise to glory. During the 80’s our 2 universities were nationally ranked in the top 5 or 10 in the nation. I hold no animosity against our neighbors until they step onto the field of play. Pitt vs Penn State.. Good for me n you.. Good for our state.. And good for football. They are our only true rivalry.. The battle for Pa and eastern dominance

Comment by BigB 02.04.16 @ 6:57 am

if you look at the post from their forums and assess our own team for this coming September, the key appears to be who is able to dominate the run game.

It will be our veteran OL with Ollie and Hall (can’t count on Conner right now) toting the ball. They apparently have a good DB and our receiving corp (especially in Sept) may not strike fear into anyone’s hearts (Orndoff is really good.)

Barkley is the biggest offensive threat on either team going into the game, but they have a new starting QB. Our defense will be much more quicker but inexperienced in many places. I’m hoping that Hendrix lives up to his billing because with him and Price at DEs, it can create some havoc.

Early prediction … low scoring game.

Comment by wbb 02.04.16 @ 7:07 am

Matt Canada on The Fan at 8 am

Comment by wbb 02.04.16 @ 7:33 am

@wbb.. Bet the under

Comment by BigB 02.04.16 @ 7:48 am

So in rating our 2016 recruits, are any as highly touted as Whitehead was last year?

Comment by PittPT 02.04.16 @ 7:50 am

PittPT, a quick response is that in Rivals, Whitehead had a 5.9 Rating (Hall was 5.8). Hamlin has a 5.9 rating while Pugh, Watts, Flowers and Hill are at 5.8. All are 4-stars.

Of course, that is just one rating system … some of the above in other rating systems are not even 40-stars so who knows?

Comment by wbb 02.04.16 @ 8:25 am

4-stars not 40-stars

Comment by wbb 02.04.16 @ 8:26 am

in 247, last year Whitehead had a .9494 rating and Hall was at .8974. This year Hamlin .9307, Hill .9289 and Camp .9048 (note that Camp is not a 4-star at Rivals)

Comment by wbb 02.04.16 @ 8:39 am

OhhowIhateOhioState – my thoughts and prayers are with you. Screw the Red and Silver. Seriously best of luck

Comment by rkb 02.04.16 @ 9:36 am

Once again my thoughts on this class that make it particularly good is that we got good recruits at positions of need across the board! About the only deficit in this class was bringing in a backup graduate transfer QB as a security blanket in case of an injury to Peterman. The only other thing that could be better than now is if our 5star TE transfer Clark would be granted an NCAA exception to play immediately. A few of these highly touted recruits will see the field this season because of this fact. I’m guessing Hill, Hamlin, Camp, Watts, Miller & Flowers all have legit chances to play immediately.

Comment by Dr. Tom 02.04.16 @ 10:16 am

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