Introducing Pitt's 2014 Recruiting Class

Players can start faxing their National Letters of Intent after 7 am. Pitt head coach Paul Chryst will talk about his incoming class today at 3 pm.

Adam Bertke
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 50 Quarterback
High School:
Marion (OH) Maria Stein
Height, Weight:
6-6, 210
About Bertke:
- No. 20 QB in the nation
- 41-4 career record as a starter
- Led team to three consecutive Divison VII state titles
- 6,272 career passing yards, 58 passing touchhows

Dennis Briggs
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 111 Running Back
High School:
Pittsburgh (PA) Shady Side Academy
Height, Weight:
6-3, 190
About Briggs:
- four-year starter on defense, three-year starter on offense at running back

Chris James
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 12 Safety
High School:
Chicago (IL)Notre Dame College Prep
Height, Weight:
5-10, 210
About James:
- No. 22 running back in the country
- rushed for 4,220 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career at Notre Dame College Prep
- No. 8 overall player in Illinois

Qadree Ollison
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 43 Running Back
High School:
Buffalo (NY) Canisius
Height, Weight:
6-1, 205
About Ollison:
- two-time all-state selection at running back

JaQuan Davidson
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 136 Wide Receiver
High School:
Elizabeth (PA) Elizabeth-Forward
Height, Weight:
6-2, 170
About Davidson:
- threw for 1,038 yards, rushing for 1,109 yards, accounting for a total of 29 touchdowns
- guided Elizabeth-Forward to back-to-back playoff appearances as a junior and senior
- member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22

Adonis Jennings
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 92 Wide Receiver
High School:
Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek
Height, Weight:
6-2, 183
About Jennings:
- No. 13 overall player in New Jersey

Elijah Zeise
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 102 Wide Receiver
High School:
Wexford (PA) North Allegheny
Height, Weight:
6-2, 195
About Zeise:
- No. 19 overall player in Pennsylvania
- a three-year starter, helped North Allegheny to a pair of WPIAL titles, and one state championship
- 49 catches for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior
- eight career interceptions
- his dad Paul Zeise was a long-time beat writer for Pitt football, now a beat writer for Pitt basketball

Brian O'Neill
Rating:
Ranking:
NR Tight End
High School:
Salesianum (DE)
Height, Weight:
6-6, 245
About O'Neill:
- first-team all-state as a senior; three-time all-state selection in his career
- 33 catches for 614 yards and eight touchdowns on offense as a senior; 45 tackles, five sacks, 13 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense

Alex Bookser
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 13 Offensive Tackle
High School:
Pittsburgh (PA) Mount Lebanon
Height, Weight:
6-6, 295
About Bookser:
- No. 3 overall player in Pennsylvania
all-state selection
- 34 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two blocked field goals as a senior
- two-way starter as a junior and senior
- will play in this year's Big 33 game

Mike Grimm
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 67 Offensive Tackle
High School:
Bethel Park (PA)
Height, Weight:
6-6, 325
About Grimm:
- No. 16 overall player in Pennsylvania
- all-state selection, also first-team all-conference
- will play in this year's Big 33 game

Connor Hayes
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 67 Offensive Guard
High School:
Traverse City (MI) Traverse City West
Height, Weight:
6-4, 270
About Hayes:
- No. 12 offensive tackle in the nation
- No. 24 overall player in Michigan
- four-year member of the offensive line, starting at both guard and tackle
- one of four players in school's last 20 years to make varsity team as a freshman

Connor Dintino
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 88 Offensive Guard
High School:
Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemary Hall
Height, Weight:
6-3, 295
About Dintino:
- No. 88 offensive guard in the nation, but comes to Pitt as a defensive tackle
- No. 6 overall player Connecticut
- two-way player, starting on both the offensive and defensive line
- 40 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three blocked kicks as a senior
- captain of both the football and wrestling teams

Mike Herndon
Rating:
Ranking:
NR Offensive Tackle
High School:
Staunton (VA) Riverheads
Height, Weight:
6-4, 320
About Herndon:
- No. 34 overall player in the state of Virginia
- Listed as an offensive tackle, but comes to Pitt as a defensive tackle
- anchored an offensive line that averaged 321 rushing yards and 41 points a game
- played defensive tackle and middle linebacker, where he finished with 102 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles
- VHSCA Group 2A East Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Lineman of the Year, Shenandoah District Defensive Player of the Year, Conference 36 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year

Rori Blair
Rating:
Ranking:
NR Linebacker
High School:
Pittsburgh (PA) Upper St. Clair
Height, Weight:
6-4, 230
About Blair:
- overcame a stroke suffered in the spring of 2012
- was granted an extra year of eligibility, bounced back with 48 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a senior
- first-team all-conference as a senior
- listed as a linebacker, will start off at defensive end at Pitt

Shane Roy
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 76 Defensive End
High School:
Reading (OH) Reading Community
Height, Weight:
6-4, 235
About Roy:
- No. 76 defensive end in the nation
- honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district, all-conference
- racked up 279 tackles and 27.5 sacks in his career
- 94 tackles and seven sacks as a senior

Hezekiah Trahan
Rating:
Ranking:
NR Defensive End
High School:
Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic
Height, Weight:
6-4, 250
About Trahan:
- 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and three sacks as a senior
- three-year starter
- two-time Philadelphia All-Catholic selection

Jamal Davis II
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 100 Outside Linebacker
High School:
Canton (OH) McKinley
Height, Weight:
6-2, 200
About Taleni:
- No. 100 outside linebacker in the country
- three-year starter at McKinley
- 105 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles
- first-team all-state selection

James Folston Jr.
Rating:
Ranking:
NR Outside Linebacker
High School:
Cocoa (FL)
Height, Weight:
6-3, 200
About Folston:
- 108 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries
- honorable mention all-state selection, first-team all-district and all-conference
- wears No. 11 because his favorite player is former Panther Larry Fitzgerald
- his dad James Folston spent eight years in he NFL, playing for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals; his brother Tarean Folston is a running back at Notre Dame, sister Jazzmine Folston is a track star at TCU

Quintin Wirginis
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 111 Outside Linebacker
High School:
Fox Chapel (PA)
Height, Weight:
6-2, 220
About Wirginis:
- No. 33 overall player in Pennsylvania
- missed his entire senior season due to injury, but was a three-year starter prior to that
- finished with 72 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, three sacks and an interception as a junior; also played tight end on offense

Patrick Amara
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 175 Wide Receiver
High School:
Philadelphia (PA) West Catholic
Height, Weight:
6-2, 190
About Amara:
- listed as a receiver, but will come to Pitt as either a linebacker or safety
- all-state, all-conference, all-city and all-Catholic selection
- 43 tackles, 22 pass breakups, three interceptions on defense as a senior; 25 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns on offense
- selected to play in both the Offense-Defense and Chesapeake Bowl all-star games
- high school teammate of offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith

Jalen Williams
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 114 Safety
High School:
Newburgh (NY) Free Academy
Height, Weight:
6-2, 180
About Williams:
- No. 114 safety in the nation
- No. 7 overall player from New York
- all-state selection
- three-year starter on both sides of the ball
- 17 career interceptions
- 100 tackles and three interceptions as a senior

Avonte Maddox
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 37 Cornerback
High School:
Detroit (MI) Martin Luther King
Height, Weight:
5-9, 165
About Maddox:
- No. 37 cornerback in the nation
- No. 6 overall player in Michigan
- 35 catches for 956 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense
- was hardly thrown at as a corner on defense, but intercepted four passes as a senior, returning two for touchdowns
- first-team all-state and all-metro selection

Phillipie Motley
Rating:
Ranking:
No. 105 Cornerback
High School:
Hilliard (OH) Davidson
Height, Weight:
5-10, 170
About Motley:
- No. 105 corner in the country
- two-year, two-way starter
- helped Davidson to a 13-1 record as a senior, and an appearance in the Ohio Division I semifinal game
- rushed for 781 yards and nine touchdowns, an average of nearly 10 yards a carry; another 248 yards receiving on just nine catches, with four touchdowns
- a first-team all-conference selection
- selected to play in Ohio's North-South Classic


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