Pitt Commits, Targets, Square Off

It doesn't get much bigger on a national level than Maryland's Gilman School taking on New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep. Locally, in Pittsburgh, the Hopewell-Montour game is drawing a lot of hype, while in the central part of the state, two rivals square off, as Bishop McDevitt and Central Cauphin go to work.

Gilman School vs. Don Bosco
There is no shortage of talent in this matchup. Look no further than the quarterbacks, in four-star prospect Darius Jennings and Pitt commit, three-star quarterback Gary Nova.

Gilman already has two games under its belt. Jennings went wild last week, in a win over a talented Our Lady of Good Counsel team, with 151 yards on the ground, and a touchdown, while throwing for another 73 yards and a score. This is Nova's first action of the season, coming off 1,668 yards passing last year, with 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 159 passing attempts.

Two other guys to keep an eye on, from Bosco, are receiver Leonte Carroo and safety Elijah Shumate, who both have some interest from Pitt. Caroo had five receptions for 51 yards last year as a sophomore, but at 6-2, 200, is already expected to be one of the go-to guys this year. The Ironmen also have a junior defensive end by the name of Darius Hamilton--son of former Pitt defensive lineman Keith Hamilton.

Keep an eye on Gilman's 2012 running back Cyrus Jones, who also has a Pitt offer. Jones rushed for 54 yards with a touchdown, and also had two catches for 43 yards. Kenneth Goins, also a 2012 running back, is expected to draw some interest.

St. Peter's Prep vs. St. Joseph's Prep
There's no Pitt targets on the St. Joseph's side, but it is the 2010 debut for running back Savon Huggins, who recently put Pitt in his top five. Last year, against St. Joseph's, Huggins rushed for 140 yards in a 40-28 loss.

St. Peter's also has offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin, who committed to Rutgers yesterday, and safety Sheldon Royster, who is expected to take an official visit to Pitt this fall. St. Joseph's has Stanford commit Skyler Mornhinweg, son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Keep an eye on the next wave of prospects from St. Peter's, as it seems Pitt is in the mix there every year. The Marauders have a number of 2012 prospects that are expected to get Division I offers, including quarterback Brandon Napoleon, running back Jared Creighton, receiver Nagee Glass and safety D.J. Singleton.

Bishop McDevitt vs. Central Dauphin
Two rivals from Harrisburg clash in week two, with each side featuring a Pitt commit. McDevitt had a physical win over Gateway last week, and will face another tough Quad-A team in Central Dauphin. McDevitt has four-star running back, and Pitt commit Jameel Poteat, who rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in the win over Gateway.

Noah Spence, a 2012 defensive end prospect, wreaked havoc on Gateway's offense all day, coming away with a sack, three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Spence is already up to 14 offers, including Pitt.

Don't forget about offensive line commit Artie Rowell, who anchored 313 rushing yards in his first game of the season, in a 49-6 win over Red Lion.

DeMatha Catholic vs. Friendship Collegiate Academy
Pitt commit Sam Collura, and number-one offensive tackle prospect Cyrus Kouandjio are coming off a big win, as they face Friendship Collegiate Academy this week. Friendship had a number of prospects that camped at Pitt this past summer, including cornerbacks Larenzo Fisher and DeAndre Price, but the big one to watch is 2012 defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, who is already claiming a host of offers from around the country, including Pitt.

Hopewell vs. Montour
It's already the second game of the season for western Pennsylvania teams, and already, we're looking at a game that could decide Class AAA's Parkway Conference. Hopewell has 2012 running back Rushel Shell, one of the nation's top junior prospects overall. Shell rushed for 173 yards in his team's opening win, including a 79-yard touchdown. Shell also returned a kickoff 90 yards.

On the other side is a junior-heavy team in Montour, including running back Julian Durden, who rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns in the Spartans' opening win. Quarterback Dillon Buechel, 2011 offensive lineman Austin Heter (Maryland, Bowling Green offers), and 2012 offensive lineman Domenic Martinelli are also ones to watch.

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