2011 Recruiting Class: Capsules

A brief look at each member of Pitt's 2011 recruiting class

Isaac Bennett
Rushed for 1,400 yards as a senior, averaging 9.6 yards a carry for the season. Picked up a Pitt offer just two weeks ago, prior to coming to Pitt for an official visit. Committed Sunday night, following his official visit to Pittsburgh. Helped lead Booker T. Washington to a Class 5A state championship, and 13-1 record as a senior. An all-state selection, and Tulsa World All-Metro selection.

Jeremiah Bryson
Rushed for 1,500 yards and had 23 total touchdowns. Also finished with 47 tackles and four interceptions on defense. Class 6A all-state selection, and District 7-AAA Offensive Player of the Year. Was the final commit of the Dave Wannstedt era, committing to the Panthers in September. Remained a soft verbal to the Panthers, and though he did take other official visits, he gave the Panthers his final commitment after this past weekend's official visit.

Lloyd Carrington
More of a bump-and-run corner, Carrington excelled in his first year of playing organized football. Carrington was a basketball player at Lincoln High, but decided to give the gridiron a shot in his senior year. He earned all-district honors. Kyle Ward, a former defensive back with the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, was his position coach. Head coach James Argenti is a former Pennsylvania native.

Sam Collura
Two-way starter at tight end and defensive end. Finished with 86 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior for DeMatha. On offense, finished with 14 receptions for 287 yards and five touchdowns. In two years as a starting tight end, finished with 28 catches for 581 yards and eight touchdowns. Two-time All-WCAC selection. Collura was the first player to verbally commit to Pitt's 2011 class, committing last April. He opened up his recruitment a little bit during through the coaching change, but re-affirmed his commitment to Pitt prior to taking his official visit this past weekend.

Devin Cook
One of just four WPIAL commits in the 2011 class, Cook was offered by Graham's staff last Wednesday, then committed to the Panthers on Sunday morning, on his way back home. Cook will play linebacker at Pitt, after finishing his senior season with 105 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, six sacks and two interceptions. First-team all-state, first-team all-conference and will also play in this June's Big 33 game. Averaged over 10 yards a carry as a fullback, and 18.7 yards a reception as a tight end on offense.

Malcolm Crockett
Rushed for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter at Friendship Collegiate in Washington D.C. Crockett also started at running back for the south team in December's Chesapeake Bowl held at Towson University. Was offered shortly after the new staff came in. Came in for an official visit on January 21, and committed to the Panthers the next day, following his visit.

Corey Davis
Davis was also one of the first players to be offered by the new staff. Davis rushed for 1,800 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior at Gladewater High School. Was a second-team Class 3A all-state selection, and first-team all-district selection. Davis came in on the weekend of January 21, and committed to the Panthers during his official visit.

Zenel Demhasaj
The first commit of the Todd Graham era. The JUCO offensive lineman committed on the spot when offered by the new coaching staff on January 13, just two days after Todd Graham was hired. Demhasaj then started classes five days later, on January 18. At 6-7, 320, Demhasaj enters Pitt as a redshirt junior, and has a chance to compete for a starting job immediately this spring.

Jason Frimpong
Played quarterback, running back and cornerback during his high school career. Finished with 33 receptions for 457 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. Also rushed for 298 yards and five touchdowns. Threw just seven times as a senior, but completed 51-of-106 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. Took his official visit this past weekend, and was the first player of the weekend to commit to the Panthers—committing to Pitt on Saturday, during the visit.

Nicholas Grigsby
Finished his senior season at Trotwood-Madison with over 160 tackles, five sacks, and interception, two touchdowns on defense and three forced fumbles. Grigsby was also a first-team all-state selection. He considered other schools such as Michigan and Michigan State, but it was Tony Dews who was key in his recruitment. Dews came over to the new coaching staff from Michigan, where he previously recruited Grigsby. After taking an official visit this past weekend, Grigsby committed to the Panthers late Monday night.

Justin Jackson
Surprise signee on signing day; a 6-4 receiver out of Daphne Alabama. Jackson sent film to Pitt on Sunday, and the Pitt coaching staff offered him that same day. 76 receptions for 1,152 yards and 14 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons combined. Helped his team to a perfect 15-0 record and an Alabama Class 6A state title as a senior.

Ronald Jones
Also committed last Saturday, during his official visit to Pittsburgh. Was offered on his visit last weekend. Started as a wide receiver as a freshman and sophomore, then moved to quarterback where he started as a junior and senior, helping Fort Meade to a 21-3 record. Threw for 1,698 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 624 yards and 10 touchdowns. All-state selection as a senior.

Khaynin Mosley-Smith
Initially a member of Pitt's 2009 recruiting class, spent all of training camp with the Panthers before being declared ineligible due to a high school online class that did not go through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Spent the 2009 season at Milford Academy in New York, which has also seen the likes of former Panther LeSean McCoy and redshirt freshman Panther Todd Thomas. Mosley-Smith was named Milford's Defensive MVP this past season after finishing with 28 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and two blocked field goals. Enrolled at Pitt at the beginning of January.

Darius Patton
A former Pittsburgh native, out of Penn Hills High School, comes to Pitt out of Poland Seminary in Ohio. A two-time all-state selection, and first-team all-district selection as a senior. Finished his senior season with 49 catches for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, had five interceptions and a returned fumble for a touchdown. Received a Pitt offer the night that Todd Graham was hired. Took his official visit to Pitt last weekend on January 21, and committed to the Panthers following the visit.

Jevonte Pitts
Another late addition to the class. Pitts is the cousin of Lafayette Pitts, and will start off as a safety. He finished his senior season with 80 tackles, and two interceptions. The two interceptions are due largely in part to other teams throwing away from his side. Pitts considers himself more of a tackler, making him a better fit at safety.

Lafayette Pitts
Initially committed to Pitt in June. Re-opened his recruitment after Dave Wannstedt was dismissed as head coach. Took visits to Iowa and Maryland. After Michael Haywood was fired, Pitts took an additional visit to Rutgers. A day after returning from Rutgers, Pitts committed to the Scarlet Knights, only to go back to Pitt on signing day. Pitt's is the highest-rated player in this year's class, and will come to Pitt as a corner. He did not rule out the possibility of also playing offense, and told us after his announcement Wednesday, he could be used out of a Wildcat formation, in a special package designed for him. Pitts helped lead Woodland Hills to two appearances in the WPIAL Quad-A championship game, including a championship win at Heinz Field in 2009. As a senior, Pitts rushed for over 1,700 yards and may be used on punt and kick returns for the Panthers as well.

Artie Rowell
One of the originally commits from the Dave Wannstedt era, the 6-2, 275-pound offensive lineman stuck with Pitt through two coaching changes. Rowell represented Pitt in the Chesapeake Bowl, alongside fellow signee Malcolm Crockett. Rowell was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball for Central Dauphin, and was also a first-team all-state selection this past season on both sides of the ball as well. First-team all-conference on both sides of the ball. Through his entire recruitment, Rowell never decommitted from Pitt.

Roderick Ryles
Smith's high school teammate at Dr. Phillips high school, Ryles comes to Pitt as a safety, choosing the Panthers over offers from West Virginia and Washington State, among a host of others. Ryles finished his senior season with 103 tackles and seven interceptions. While his teammate Smith set a school-record for fumble recoveries in a career, Ryles finished as the school's all-time leader with 15 interceptions.

LaQuentin Smith
Smith chose Pitt over offers from South Florida and West Virginia. The 6-2, 210-pound linebacker finished his senior season with 78 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He finished his high school career with a school-record 10 fumble recoveries.

Stephen Williams
Bruising running back out of Savannah (GA) Calvary Academy, who picked up an offer during his visit to Pitt this past weekend. Williams committed during the visit as well. Listed as a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back by Pitt, Williams was an all-state selection after rushing for 1,691 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Region 3-A East Player of the Year, and an All-Greater Savannah selection. Savannah Morning News Offensive Player of the Year.


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