Elite 11 Primer

Pitt has verbally offered four quarterbacks in this 2012 class so far. While waiting to see where they stand with the three uncommitted prospects out of those four, a number of other targets will be on display at this weekend's Elite 11 passing camp in State College.

Pitt has verbally offered four quarterbacks in the 2011 class so far, with one of them—Texas quarterback Matt Davis—committed to Texas A&M There are others such as Austin Appleby out of North Canton, Ohio, who are starting to get visited at school by quarterbacks coach Todd Dodge Dodge met with Appleby at his school on Wednesday, but there is no mention of any verbal offer yet

There will be a few quarterbacks on display later today at the Penn State Elite 11 camp that have had some contact with the Pitt coaching staff While a good performance at the Elite 11 won't guarantee a Pitt offer, it is an opportunity for several of these targets to be on the field at the same time, competing against each other

Devin Fuller is a possibility for the Elite 11 camp Fuller is a four-star prospect with well over 20 offers Fuller, as well as Tennessee quarterback Chad Voytik and Colorado quarterback Cyler Miles have multiple offers from around the country You have to applaud the Pitt coaching staff for going after four national quarterbacks to this point However many quarterbacks they decide to bring in for 2012 is on hold pending on where Pitt stands with these three

In other words, any more offers that will be extended to other quarterbacks—including some of the ones expected at the Elite 11 tryout in State College later this afternoon—might not go out anytime in the near future However, if and when Pitt decides to offer, there are some good options

Blake Rankin will be at the Elite 11, then he is off to Rutgers for their spring game on Saturday Rutgers still stands as his only offer, as he awaits word from other schools such as Michigan State and Penn State about where he stands with them Rankin was at Pitt's junior day, and also checked out one of Pitt's spring practices three weeks ago when he was in town for the Badger Sports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 passing camp Rankin told Scout com's Bob Lichtenfels this week that he is nearing a decision

"I would like to decide within the next two to three weeks," Rankin said "Rutgers is the leader right now I'm waiting to see what happens with Penn State and Michigan State We'll see what happens and go from there I'd like to decide soon, June will be the latest that I'll wait "

Brendan Nosovitch is also one of Pennsylvania's top signal-callers He was at Pitt's junior day last month, and is scheduled to have Dodge come by his school at some point, to watch him throw and meet with his coaches Nosovitch has picked up offers from South Carolina and Virginia in the meanwhile He threw for 3,100 yards as a junior, rushing for another 1,700 yards, helping Allentown Central Catholic to a state title last season He was also Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year With Rankin leaning towards a decision with no recent mention of Pitt, Nosovitch could now have the best chance of an in-state quarterback landing a Pitt offer

Local quarterbacks such as New Castle's John Matarazzo, Montour's Dillon Buechel, Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Perry Hills and Greensburg Central Catholic's Bobby Noble are all expected to be at the Elite 11 All four have been to Pitt multiple times Of the four, Hills is the only one with a Division I offer at this point He was offered by Kent State this week

All four WPIAL quarterbacks are expected to camp at Pitt this summer Matarazzo has received some interest from some MAC schools recently Buechel has heard from Pitt, Maryland and Virginia, while Noble has had some success this spring in 7-on-7, helping his team advance to the national tournament of the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, which will be held in June Noble was at Temple's junior day two weeks ago


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