Walt Harris Camp: Receivers/Tight Ends

One position that Pittsburgh can recruit on a national level is wide receiver. The Panthers have had 2 Biletnikoff Award winners in 4 years: first Antonio Bryant and last year with Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz being at Pittsburgh was huge in recruiting. Most of the kids who mention Pittsburgh all say Larry is their favorite.

Several very promising recruits are very high on Pittsburgh including Lavar Lobdell, Nyan Boateng, Greg Orton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, James McDonald, and Jesse Canada. The Panthers return Princell Brockenbrough, who has the physical potential to be one of the nation's best, along with Greg Lee, Terrell Allen, Joe Stephens Tom Kail, and Joe DelSardo. The Panthers should have some help arriving in Oakland with Kelvin Chandler, Andre Broussard, Marcel Pestano, and Derek Kinder. There are several defensive backs that could play WR if necessary, such as Kennard Cox or Allen Richardson.

At tight end, losing Kris Wilson hurts. Erik Gill is an excellent blocking TE with above average hands, and Steve Buches has always had hands like a wide receiver. Add newly converted DE Vernon Botts to the mix, and the position should be ok. The Panthers have offered and lead with Maple Heights Richard Quinn, who gets better every time we see him. James Day and John Pelusi are also possibilities.

Wide Receivers

Jarmal Ruffin (6-3, 200, Scotland School, PA): We like the way Jarmal goes about his business. He's a big target, appears to have the frame to eventually be a TE, and loves Pitt. He only has an offer from Wisconsin.

Jesse Canada (6-2, 195, Monrovia HS, CA): You don't travel clear across the country on your own dime if you're not interested. Jesse may not have flat out sprinters speed, but he does everything well. We couldn't help while watching him thinking back to watching Fitzgerald coming out of high school. They look alike in their ability. Jesses has over 10 offers and lists Pittsburgh amongst his Top 3.

Frankie Probst (6-3, 195, Central Mountain HS, PA): This kid catches everything in sight. He reminds us of RJ English with out the jets. Frankie is a prototype possession receiver.

Greg Orton (6-4, 190, Huber Heights HS, OH): This kid is going to be very special and would be a great get for Pitt.

Tommie Campbell (6-3, 190, 4.44, Aliquippa HS, PA): Could be the most underrated player in the state. Campbell has a great combination of size and speed. He is also a very good safety.

Sean Simmons (5-11, 170, New Brunswick HS, NJ): Smallish body with good quickness.

Junior Aaron Brown (6-0, 175, Burrell HS, PA): The younger brother of current verbal commitment John Brown. Aaron is very athletic. If John and his father, former Panther John Sr., have anything to say about it Aaron will be a Panther.

Brad Dawson (6-1, 185, Thomas Jefferson HS, PA): This kid has to be one of the best athletes in the state. He was playing with the wide receivers and then shifted to QB and out threw everyone.

Quinten Odem (6-1, 175): In a normal 25-scholarship year, Pitt may offer. This year, they may not. Very fast kid, with decent hands. He's still learning.

Junior Dalen Broussard (5-10, 175, Pittston HS, PA): The younger brother of new Panther Andre Broussard. Dalen is lightning quick. A little small, but he's still young.

Corey Raupers (5-11, 170, Athens HS, PA): A little on the thin side and he could have trouble at the D-1A level, but he's very athletic.

Tight Ends

Scott Uziel (6-4, 245, Franklin Regional HS, PA): For some reason, when we watch Scott we think of Dan LeCarte. He came to Pitt as a LB/TE and ended up as a guard. Scott has the frame and the feet that he could do that.

Richard Quinn (6-4, 220, Maple Heights HS, OH): This kid is going to be a stud. He catches the ball in traffic. He just sits in the hook-zone with no fear. He also separates well on press coverage. Pitt has offered and he's interested.

Josh Byrom (6-5, 255, Montour HS, PA): We're not sure if he can play TE, but could eventually blossom into a nice lineman.

Brandon Long (6-1, 215, GlenOak HS, OH): We really like Brandon. The only question is, where do you put him? Pitt is in on some very good LB's, such as Rico McCoy, plus we have some good ones in house that are young. He may be too small to play TE. He's another one if they had 25 scholarships you'd like to see them offer.

Jake Showers (6-3.5, 220, Biglerville HS, PA): He's strong looking kid, may be better suited on defense. He came away from Pittsburgh very impressed and has Pitt in the top 2.


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