The plan for Pittsburgh is to take a quarterback in every recruiting class.
The Panthers still get a quality quarterback in Bertke, who led his team to a state championship as a senior. The Panthers might take two in the 2015 class.
The Panthers were one of the first schools to offer Malzone, out of Michigan. Malzone is up to nine offers, and he's been in contact with the Michigan staff for awhile. There's no offer from the Wolverines, but a lot of schools are coming to take a look at Malzone throw. Last week, Malzone had seven schools come to see him throw, with more on the way as part of the May evaluation period.
The Panthers are also in a good spot with in-state prospect Shurmur, where offensive line coach Jim Heuber has developed a good relationship with the staff.
The question is, if he wants to play the waiting game with those schools--to see if they'll offer--how long will that be, and what is his time table for making a decision? Shurmur seems pretty open-minded on both.
Ideally, Pitt is in good contention to get either Malzone or Shurmur. If they do get one or the other, will they also extend an offer to Bishop McDevitt's Nick Marsilio, or local prospect Brett Brumbaugh? A lot of that will depend on how the commitment numbers shape up at other positions.
Defensive coordinator Matt House watched Morsilio throw at his school last week. Brumbaugh is expected to come in for a camp visit next month. Either is a good backup option, in the event Pitt loses out on Malzone and/or Shurmur.
Pitt is definitely going to take one quarterback in this class. We'll have to wait to see how the rest of the 2015 class shapes up--something we may see after some camp offers and potential commits start rolling in, later in June. Pitt picked up two quarterback commits last year. It was different then, because there was more of a push to get two quarterbacks on scholarship, knowing they would only have Chad Voytik and a Trey Anderson on scholarship. Bertke adds one to the position. Ideally, Paul Chryst would like to have four on scholarship, at all times.