Official Visit Primer

Can Pitt land few more commits with this next crop of official visitors coming in?

The track record for official visit weekends in Paul Chryst's first year at Pitt has been pretty good. Reggie Green was the only official visitor in September for the Pitt-Virginia Tech game. He committed to the Panthers a few days later.

Then, last month during its bye weekend, Pitt hosted four star offensive tackle Dorian Johnson, five-star receiver Robert Foster, and four-star safety Tyler Boyd. Johnson committed to the Panthers. Foster and Boyd will decide within the next few weeks.

Here's a look at a few of the key visitors who will be in this weekend, starting with the uncommitted targets.

Blake McClain
Not that Pitt is hurting depth wise at corner, but how nice of an addition would a Florida corner be? McClain was initially committed to Kentucky, but became a silent verbal when Joker Phillips was fired. Iowa State is the only other school in the running at this point, and according to McClain, he's already visited there.

Big-time corner from the Cincinnati area. Same with McClain. Pitt not exactly hurting for depth at corner, but based on how the depth at safety dwindled this past season, and the fact that there's room for some other redshirt freshmen or true freshmen to move to linebacker from safety, maybe it's not so bad to bring in a couple defensive backs on this visit weekend.

He's got Pitt and Northwestern visits set. He will visit Northwestern in January. There may be some renewed interest in Kentucky with a new head coach in Lexington, but no offer as of yet. Interesting that Pitt has gone after a couple of Kentucky/SEC-type players in this visit weekend alone, in McClain and Hytchye.

Alex Officer

If Pitt were able to bring in the 6-4, 310-pound Officer, it would give the Panthers their biggest offensive line class since 2007. This year, its Aaron Reese, Carson Baker, Dorian Johnson and Alex Officer. With the Panthers able to redshirt freshmen Adam Bisnowaty and Gabe Roberts this past season, a young nucleus is starting to form. A commitment from Officer would give the Panthers a total of six scholarship freshmen for the 2013 season--two redshirts and four true--a bigger number than we've seen in awhile.

Competition will be stiff for Officer, though. It will come down to Pitt and Lousville for Officer. He has yet to schedule an official visit there, but there's no question the team playing in the BCS bowl is naturally attractive.

Pitt at least gets a first crack at him, not to mention keeping him interested at this point to get him on campus.

Justin Moody
Pitt and Moody have been trying to connect on a visit for quite some time. Finally, that visit gets to happen this weekend.

The great thing about bringing in another defensive tackle is that Pitt may have the flexibility to move Moody to the offensive side of the ball to fill out some depth. Pitt will have at least seven scholarship players on its defensive line that will either be freshmen or sophomores next year. That also doesn't include other linebackers who could potentially be moved to end.

Jaryd Jones-Smith
Another player Pitt has been trying to get on campus for awhile. Has some nice height and leverage that bodes well as a future offensive tackle.

Jones-Smith was initially going to come for a visit earlier in the school year, but was asked to reschedule. He visited Virginia earlier this fall. He's listed as having N.C. State interest, and may still have, but with a new coaching staff that may all change. Pitt has a great opportunity to close the door here.

Scott Orndoff
Obviously, no sell needed here. Orndoff came in on an unofficial a few weeks ago for Johnson, Foster and Boyd. He said after that visit he was closest with Johnson of any recruit. Orndoff found himself a right tackle to line up next to. Can he maybe find a right guard that might have to pull for him at some point?

Orndoff finished his senior season with 18 catches for 313 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Tyrique Jarrett
Jarrett took an unofficial just a few weeks ago, and will be starting up classes at Pitt in just a few weeks.

After spending a year at Milford Academy (NY), there might not be a player more eager to get to Pitt. Jarrett committed to the Panthers in September of 2011. Jarrett also continues the Milford pipeline, which includes LeSean McCoy, Todd Thomas and Khaynin Mosley-Smith and Jevonte Pitts.

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