A Look At Pitt's 2012 Class

A look at those who have verbally committed to Pitt, a look at those expected to have their letters faxed in a few short hours, as well as a few who will be deciding amongst Pitt as their final choice.

Pitt could have three key additions by the time noon rolls around. The three to keep the most eyes on will be four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy (9 am), three-star safety Bam Bradley out of Ohio and three-star defensive tackle Terrell Jackson.

Rippy has it down to Pitt and West Virginia, and contrary to some local reports in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Rippy confirmed via twitter that he has not committed anywhere. Also at 9 am, Bradley will make his decision, with Pitt believed to be one of his leaders. Bradley had taken an official visit to Pittsburgh earlier in the fall, and also had some interest in Stanford, Arizona and some late interest in Ohio State.

Paul Chryst and his staff will also have their eyes glued to the fax machine around 10 am, Jackson will make his college choice. Jackson took a visit to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, followed by a trip to Michigan State. He will decide between those two schools and Illinois.

-will choose between Pitt and West Virginia at his school around 9 am
- helped Sto-Rox to its first-ever unbeaten regular season in school history, with a trip to the WPIAL Championship game at Heinz Field
- had 22 catches for 389 yards on offense, and was an all-conference selection.


-helped guide Trotwood-Madison to a Division II state championship with a 42-28 win over Avon in December
-brother Nicholas Grigsby is a freshman linebacker for the Panthers


-took an official visit to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, after gaining some late interest from Pitt assistant Joe Rudolph
-finished his senior season with 75 tackles and 20 sacks, on his way to All-City, All-Region and All-State honors
- also named the City's Defensive Player of the Year

-committed to Pitt in September, prior to the Panthers' win over USF on September 29
-helped Fox Chapel to its ninth playoff appearance in school history under first-year head coach Eric Ravotti
-competed at the first Semper-Fidelis bowl game in Arizona last month

-the first player to commit under new head coach Paul Chryst
-finished with 103 tackles, four fumble recoveries and an interception
- will play in the annual Big 33 game this June in Hershey

-the first player to commit under new head coach Paul Chryst
-plagued with injuries as a senior, but still finished with 19 catches for 360 yards
-helped Clairton to three state championships in his high school career, including a 47-game winning streak in his final three seasons

-committed to Pitt back in July with his twin brother Demitrious
-has the ability to play either receiver or corner
-has been instrumental in helping recruit other prospects to the 2012 recruiting class

-played quarterback and receiver for Austintown-Fitch, and will most likely play receiver for the Panthers
-like his twin brother Chris, was instrumental in helping recruit several key members to Pitt's 2012 class.

-initially a Penn State commit, re-opened his recruitment after his senior season
-chose the Panthers after taking official visits to Purdue and Michigan State, in addition to Pitt
-Ran for 337 yards on 72 carries, also finished with 19 receptions for 332 yards and 15 touchdowns
Selected to play in this June's Big 33 game in Hershey.

-committed to Pitt back in September out of Pittsburgh's Allderdice High School
-took his official to Pittsburgh last weekend
-could play on either the offensive or defensive line, but will most likely start off on the defensive side of the ball

-another late addition to the Pitt class; committing shortly after his official visit last week
-a stellar senior season that produced 1,700 yards on the ground with 27 touchdowns
-will most likely play corner for the Panthers
-nephew of former Pitt star and current Atlanta Falcons assistant Tim Lewis

-committed to the Panthers in November, after being offered late in his senior season
-helped Aquinas Institute to a state title as a junior, and an appearance in the state championship game as a senior
-initially was going to come to Pitt as a safety/linebacker, but has been told by the new staff he will be a corner
-scored 13 touchdowns on offense as a senior, while racking up 40 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense


-committed to the Panthers in August, out of Maryland powerhouse Gilman School
-stuck with his Pitt commitment even after his recruiting coach, Tony Dews, left for Arizona
-will be a linebacker for Pitt

-committed to the Panthers back in August
-can play either defensive end or linebacker
-helped Lakewood (OH) St. Edward to a state championship as a junior
-had a stellar opening game against Cleveland (OH) Glenville, where he came up with a sack and forced a fumble on the game's final play in overtime, to clinch the win for his team.

-Pitt's most recent commit, choosing the Panthers on Sunday
-an all-conference selection on both sides of the ball, most likely to be an offensive guard in college
-started to pick up interest from Pitt just two weeks ago, which was followed quickly by an official visit

-The most heavily recruited player in Pitt's 2012 class, Shell committed to the Panthers in October
-rushed for 2,313 yards as a senior
-finished his career as Pennsylvania's all-time leading rusher with 9,078 yards on 1,107 yards and 110 touchdowns as a four-year starter
-set a nationl record with 39 consecutive 100-yard games
-also had 25 200-yard games during his career, averaging 206.3 yards a game in 44 career games
-played in the Semper-Fidelis bowl game in Arizona last month, and has been invited to play in the Big 33 game in June


-committed to the Panthers in July following a stellar high school career
-was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game last month
-threw for 17 touchdowns and ran for another 7 in his junior year
-followed up that junior year with 10 touchdown passes and eight rushing scores as a senior
-was also selected to compete at the Elite 11 passing camp this past summer

-committed to the Panthers in June, where he is expected to play linebacker
-was a tackling machine this past season for Johnstown, finishing his senior season with 136 tackles (40 solo), four sacks, an interception, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery
-averaged 12.4 tackles per game, finishing nine of Johnstown's 11 games with tackle totals ranging from 10 to 16.

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