1) GepDawg: Could
Darrell Strong get significant playing time at TE this year?
signed with Pitt because they promised him he'd play QB. If he doesn't,
he'll probably transfer and go somewhere where he will get a shot at being a
QB. If he gets bored with not playing and just wants to get on the field
obviously then the circumstances may change.
PittFan78: Ben McCauley seems to have stopped mentioning us as a possibility.
Has there been a cooling off from side, him or the staff?
GURU: Ben has stated from day one he likes Maryland. I don't see
him being the right fit for the style of play that Pitt uses. I would rather
have someone more athletic in the low-post. Most of the basketball experts think
he'll be a power forward since he's getting bigger. I like New York kids,
kids who play on a higher level, not kids from Pennsylvania. In football, I'll
take a PA kid any day in hoops none for me.
3) Buccoboy: With the loss of Morelli, Johnson and Company last year, what's the alumni's and Athletic Dept's opinion of Walt Harris and his Staff?
GURU: I'm not a member of either, so I couldn't tell you.
I think Pitt is better off without Morelli and the problems with the baggage he
carries. Johnson could've developed into a good back, but I am happy with
Jennings and Mason. Any one who has ever watched AJ play will tell you he plays
soft and he needs to learn to be more physical, but he is athletically gifted.
The conference situation hurt Pitt more than anything else, but it's hard to
argue that when Rutgers and West Virginia both had great classes and they play
in the same conference. Pitt should've gone after Chad Henne or Jordan Steffy,
instead they put all their eggs in Morelli's basket and got burned, hopefully
learning a lesson during the fiasco.
4) Pitt25: How is Pete Carmichael doing (recruiting) in New Jersey?
GURU: All of the recruits I have talked to really like Pete and the fact that he has coached in the NFL. I think the late start they got in New Jersey has hurt them. Can they recover? We shall see
haven't we offered to Jose Cruz yet? How
could Walt not offer to a guy like this? Are there other reasons not quite obvious yet?
honestly believe the staff thought they could keep him a secret until camp.
Until he went to Metro-Index and blew up in front of scouts. Now it puts Pitt in
a situation where if they don't offer soon, they could lose him. In my opinion
I think an offer will find it's way to Jose soon. Jose loves Pitt and I think
he'd commit soon after getting offered.
talk about Pitt playing some Big 10 teams in the near future. I know MSU is
coming up in a few years. Have you heard of any other teams we are in
discussions with, excluding PSU?
GURU: Michigan State is the only Big Ten team I have heard. I did hear just the other day that
Akron offered to play Pitt at home this season and Pitt declined. That's just
what I heard. Instead Pitt chose to play Furman.
7) Pitt1999: Why
is Penn State so bad in football?
PSU has had trouble recruiting skill players. They always get LBs and OL, but
they need better WRs, I don't care if they do have Morelli. Whom does he
throw to? The Big Ten is a tough Conference and it's hard to compete against
Michigan and Ohio State. Joe Paterno was a great coach and I respect him, but I
really do think he needs to hand over the reigns to someone else. I know the PSU
faithful think within 2 years they are going to contend for a National
Championship. I just don't see it. They can bash Pitt all they want and our
conference, but if you look at it we have a much easier road to the BCS than PSU
8) CaptainH: When
do the infamous rankings of the prospective recruits come out?
They should be coming out in June
it true that Rhoades will be employing some new coverage schemes for the DB's.
GURU: Let me
call him and ask, just kidding. I'm sure he is always tweaking the
coverage's based on the skill and the ability of his team and the match ups
they face each week. Do you really think if he's going to make changes he's
going to announce it to anyone?
about the Bova kid at FB from Baldwin, any interest from Pitt on him?
GURU: He is
strong, but a 5.0 forty time that he ran at Nike-PSU is a little slow. FB is not
a huge need for Pitt right now. I'm sure they'll keep an eye on him.
11) CaptainH: How
is it determined what interest level a prospect has in a specific school and
what causes this level of interest to get changed?
prospect tells whoever interviews him who he likes and what the interest level
is. Sometimes they'll email me and say here are my current favorites.
This will change if schools show them less interest or more interest. If
they offer or not, or a recruit may love a school, go there for a visit and
change his mind.
Zookeeper: James McKinney, one of the nation's best, are we going send some mail to this kid?
GURU: It's huge for a big time player like McKinney, who has all those
offers; to actually say he'd like to hear from Pitt. I personally don't
understand why he hasn't heard from them already.
updates on eligibility of Revis, Bokor, Smith, etc.??
GURU: I just
did an article on Revis he is close and retaking his SAT on June 5th,
Bokor only needed to finish the school year with a GPA of 2.0, I will talk with
him this week or next. Smith I have still not been able to contact.
Do you see
any chance of recruiting JUCO lineman for next season?
GURU: I would think we should've gone after some this season, there are enough good lineman around that Pitt is recruiting that we will get at least 4-5 of them this class. I also think the young kids from Ohio will develop into studs Vangas, DeLuca, and McGlynn.
15) CaptainH: Of
the current class of incoming freshmen, who do you feel is most likely to not be
red-shirted and who do you feel will almost definitely be red-shirted?
GURU: Who do I
think will be Agnone? 1-2 of the wide receivers, 2 or maybe all 3 linemen,
possibly 1 of the RBs. I will have to see who is eligible first, so ask me this
question in another month.
many "stars" would you give our current verbals? How many stars do you
think the "experts" will give them?
I'd give 3 stars and John Brown 3 stars. LaRod has the talent of a 5-star but
his size will keep him to a 3 and I think the "experts" will give him 3.
Brown will be playing OT this year and he has always been a TE, he is considered
a raw prospect. I have watched him workout so that's why I say 3 stars, I
think the "experts" will give him 2 stars because he's raw.
17) GepDawg: Where
do you see Darrell Strong ending up: QB or TE?
See question and answer number one.
you know anything about the lawsuit with NIKE?
don't know the specifics of it. Mmy guess is it's about money and or power.
Why else does anyone get sued?
GoldenBoy1234: What is the difference (or is there) between a team running a freeze
option and a regular option?
GURU: In the
Freeze option the QB rides the FB into the line of scrimmage, the better the
ride the better the "Freeze". The idea is to get as many of the defenders to
"Freeze" or step to the FB as possible. First the FB has to be established
as a weapon to allow this to work. Whether the QB gives to the FB or keeps for
an option is determined on the play call, say it's a 30 freeze option if the
"B" gap defender comes across the line of scrimmage then the FB will get the
Ball, if the read man usually the play side DE pinches or closes down on the FB
then the QB will keep and run the option with the TB. There is far more to the
option than this but it's too much to write here. There are so many different
types of options freeze, midline, veer, lead, belly, counter, spread, wishbone,
trap, flex bone, triple, slide, load, power, no-back, g-option, etc…
20) CaptainH: Are
the colleges, high school coaches or players the prime source for this (verbal
GURU: I have
gotten all of my commitments from the players who have called me and told me
they were committing. Sometimes a coach will call and give you a heads up that
the player has committed then I'll follow up with the player.
thought Jason Gwaltney was the next Herschel Walker, the top RB in the country,
a top 10 prospect overall. What happened??
GURU: I think
he is one of the best in the country, but I didn't do the rankings so I
couldn't tell you why he's not.
tell me that Pitt is planning to offer a scholarship to Bill Stull. Are they
planning to offer? When? And will he accept, or are there other strong suitors
his game tape, Pitt better make him their prime target at QB this year. Why they
haven't offered yet, it's obvious he could be an NFL player?
If QB prospect
Bill Stull does not participate at the Pitt camp next month will he be
automatically eliminated from receiving an offer from Harris and staff?
GURU: I think
Pitt should have offered him by now; he is the best in the state and in their
backyard. He and Dom Natale are both arguably the best in this part of the
country. Walt knows QB's so maybe he likes someone else or see's something
we as fans don't. I have said he's better than Morelli, his arm may not be
as strong but I like all the other parts of his game better. There are plenty of
other suitors for Stull, I think Stull would consider Pitt because of the
offense and he'd thrive in it, but how excited can the kid get when he has all
these other offers and none from Pitt? Billy is a great kid I have had the
pleasure of meeting he and his father they are first class people and I'd be
all over him if I were Pitt, but I'm not a recruiting coordinator so my
opinion doesn't really matter. I do think they'll offer him at camp.
Jerry Butler? Any news on this kid? The 4.19 forty stands out to me. Seems to be
the same size as LaRod, so I don't know if Pitt wants to go after him.
always have to consider productive kids, especially with that kind of speed.
Jerry really just got on the radar. Wisconsin is after him very hard.
Zookeeper: Louis Woodland position? He looks like a nice prospect. Are we are still in the
running for prospects at his positions who are as good or better than him? Do
you think he could make a safety? What position are we recruiting him for?
GURU: I would
say DE I haven't seen very many 6'4" safeties lately. He likes Pitt and
I'm not sure that the other DE's really do.
25) CaptainH: Could
someone misinterpret a coach's comment and feel that a verbal offer was made
when it wasn't?
very possible; I believe such was the case with Kevin Wiggins. I have talked to
recruits that say they have a verbal offer and never get the written one it's
a protection implement for them they can say they are offering to keep the
kid's interest but they can also change their mind if they are looking in a
GURU: I am
working on an interview with Kalvin, hopefully this week.
David Harvey, do we have any chance? You would think WR's would jump at the chance to
play here. Do you think the AM situation from last year will work against us?
GURU: I asked
David at a recent combine about Pitt and he shook his head (no). I just think he
wants to get out of state. I don't think the Morelli situation matters much to
him. I have heard from people very close to David that have told me he and
Morelli aren't even close, and many area people are trying to talk him into
going to Pitt because of the system and they think he can become a star and that
Michigan is loaded at WR. It will be interesting to say the least.
28) NJBob: We
seem to be "in the running" for more top ranked recruits than ever (at
least under Walt). How many do we have a serious chance to sign? I'm getting the
feeling that we'll wind up as the 3rd or so choice for most of these kids and
then have to scramble to fill the class with a lot of "maybes."
GURU: If we
compete for the BCS bid we have a shot, just like last year if we beat Miami
we'd have ended up with a Top 10 class. Pitt needs a closer on it's staff,
there are lot's of new faces so we will have to wait and see. If you follow
recruiting this is the same every year, the first few months Pitt is in their
Top 5 then during the season they aren't.
How much of
an effect will Andy Alleman have at DT?
GURU: I like
Andy and his energy; If he gets strong enough I think he can be a force at DT.
He will have to battle for playing time.
30) CaptainH: When and how are prospects updated as far as having a scholarship offered?
the high school coach will get a call and say hey we are going to offer so and
so, and then the coach will tell the player. Then the offer will come in the
mail or by Fed EX, sometimes the player will get an offer without any prior
Charles Spencer makes about one big play a game. Any idea why this physical stud of a
specimen isn't more consistent?
GURU: Look at Mathias Nkwenti who was with the Steelers he was a specimen and never did anything it happens, maybe a lack of drive or willingness to succeed, or in layman's term lack of heart and desire.
Pitt1999: I believe the Pitt defense will actually be better this year than
last due to the amount of players that actually got to play last year. One guy
who really didn't and you said that you were impressed with his spring was
Michael Hearn. I looked at this guy 6'6, 265lbs and thought what a beast. Was he
Claude Harriott's backup...did he red shirt...what's his deal?
GURU: He red shirted in 2003, he has gotten bigger and learned the
system. I think he'll compete for time and be a star before he leaves Pitt.