Who's the target on the Panthers board ?

As the recruiting season starts to wind down, and the official visits begin to mount, several prospects will be in town over the next 6-7 weeks. Lets look at a few of the main Pitt targets remaining on the board. These are who we feel are the top contenders for the few remaining scholarship offers that are left.

We could have included every prospect that has an interest in Pittsburgh, but we decided to stick with the main targets and several Plan "B" players.

Quarterback

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
23 Bill Stull
(Seton-Lasalle HS)
6-4/190/4.68  
Notes; Very talented, this could get interesting. If something transpires with the coaching staff, Stull may become a bigger priority.
NR Dennis Brown
(Miami Central HS)
6-2/185/4.60
Notes; Interest has cooled since earlier in the year
NR Buck Smith
(Westlake HS)
6-4/200/4.80
Notes; Likely D-IAA, Ivy League candidate
NR Drew Willy
(Randolph HS)
6-4/205/4.70 --
Notes; Could be a plan "B" prospect
NR Joe DeSanzo
(Riverside HS)
6-2/220/4.63
Notes; He'll play somewhere, just doesn't appear to be at Pittsburgh
NR Shane Murray
(Cental Catholic HS)
6-2/193/4.58
Notes; Appears as though he will likely verbal after his high school season is complete

Running Back

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
15 Javon Ringer
(Chaminade Julienne HS)
5-10/203/4.40
Notes; It is puzzling as to why Pitt has never shown a lot of interest in this kid, but with two smaller backs in the fold, an offer is unlikely
30 Shane Brooks
(Duquesne HS)
5-11/215/4.50
Notes; May have waited too long to except a offer, Rashad Jennings may be the big back of the future
33 R.C. Lagomarsino
(Lansdale Catholic HS)
5-11/180/4.40
Notes; Hasn't really shown much interest at all in Pittsburgh
55 Ovid Goulbourne
(Easton Area HS)
6-1/198/4.40
Notes; Pitt hasn't shown much interest
NR Ed Collington
(Penn Hills SHS)
6-0/205/4.50
Notes; Appears he may end up in Morgantown
NR Mike Ford
(Sarasota HS)
6-0/200/4.60
Notes; Academics are the only thing holding back this prospect
NR Fela-Tunde Ogun
(Freeman HS)
6-1/190/4.35
Notes; 4.3 speed is hard to turn away, would likely commit if offered

Wide Receivers

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
12 LaVar Lobdell
(Christian Brothers Academy)
6-3/194/4.55 --
Notes; Pitt may get lucky since they were in on him so early, it may be hard to beat out USC and Miami for his services
18 David Harvey
(Penn Hills SHS)
6-1/175/4.40
Notes; Appears to be a PSU-WVU battle
25 Jesse Canada
(Monrovia HS)
6-3/190/4.42
Notes; Pitt is not in the picture anymore
48 James McDonald
(Dunbar HS)
6-2/185/4.55
Notes; Pitt doesn't appear to be interested anymore
NR Keith Massey
(Brookhaven HS)
6-1/192/4.40
Notes; Pitt may need Massey to keep his brother Dominic Jones
NR Cedric McGee
(Plantation HS)
6-1/180/4.50
Notes; BCS may have helped Pitt with this Florida standout
NR Chris Rowell
(Warrensville Heights HS)
6-1/170/4.50
Notes; Victim of the numbers crunch at WR and DB
NR Chris McClover
(Dillard HS)
6-2/180/4.50
Notes; May commit to Rutgers this weekend
NR Quinten Odem
(Farrell Area Hs/Ums)
6-1/172/4.30
Notes; Needs to straighten out his academics

Tight End

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
NR John Pelusi
(Central Dist Catholic HS)
6-4/235/4.70
Notes; He'll be a Panther
NR Charles Young
(Gonzaga College HS)
6-7/235/4.85 --
Notes; Has no film, but could be a steal, missed his junior season due to injury

Offensive Lineman

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
41 Jason Kacinko
(Penn Trafford HS)
6-6/300/5.20
Notes; Never really seemed to like Pitt much at all
47 Dave McClain
(Central Bucks Hs-East)
6-5/321/5.21
Notes; I think if Pitt was going to offer they would have by now
51 Kurt Mattes
(Wyoming Valley West HS)
6-6/260/4.80
Notes; Could be a Panther after the weekend
80 Zack Anderson
(Interboro SHS)
6-6/265/5.00
Notes; Should follow in brother Bryan's footsteps
NR John Bachman
(Moon SHS)
6-4/260/5.10
Notes; I thought he'd be a Panther already
NR Will Bergen
(Middleton HS)
6-3/245/4.90
Notes; Mattes, Anderson, and Bachman are bigger needs
NR Tommy Duhart
(Glades Central HS)
6-3/253/5.15
Notes; Could be plan "B" if Pelusi goes elsewhere
NR Christian Fleming
(Strong Vincent HS)
6-5/240/4.70
Notes; Definite JUCO Candidate
NR Brandon Richardson
(New Brighton Area HS)
6-4/325
Notes; One D-I offer should've jumped on it
NR Kevin Wiggins
(Dunbar HS)
6-7/320/5.20
Notes; See Brandon Richardson, only with a few more offers
NR Zach Haulman
(Altoona Area HS)
6-3/277/5.30 --
Notes; He loves Pitt and Penn State, most under rated lineman in the state

Defensive Tackle

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
17 Antwon Hight
(Mckinley HS)
6-3/285/4.95
Notes; Could end up in Morgantown
20 Jeffrey Owens
(Plantation HS)
6-2/275/4.90
Notes; He is supposed to visit, that's all you can ask for
25 Vladimir Richard
(Piper HS)
6-4/255/4.80
Notes; Big-Time DE just what Pitt desperately needs
47 Kendrick Stewart
(Lakeland Senior HS)
6-1/280/5.10
Notes; Not much interest shown either way
NR Jerrell Robinson
(Paterson Catholic HS)
6-3/260/5.00
Notes; Likely waited too long

Defensive End

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
NR Gary Watts
(Miami Norland HS)
6-4/225/4.80
Notes; Visiting this weekend
NR Rob Mahler
(Brick Township Memorial HS)
6-5/244/4.75
Notes; Will be among 3-4 players who could commit in the next two weeks

Linebacker

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
15 Rico McCoy
(St. Johns College HS)
6-2/215/4.55
Notes; Fate will rest on whatever happens with the coaching soap opera
18 Elijah Hodge
(Dillard HS)
6-0/200/4.70
Notes; Likely headed elsewhere
27 Freddie Lenix
(Glenville HS)
5-11/195/4.50
Notes; Hasn't shown Pitt much love
36 Greg Boone
(Oscar F. Smith HS)
6-3/265/4.60
Notes; Pitt #1 QB target
NR Ernest Williams
(Monessen SHS)
6-2/240/4.60
Notes; Questionable academics, likely Pitt and WVU battle
NR Dustin Forston
(Miami Northwestern HS)
6-0/210/4.60
Notes; This kid is a force
NR Baxter Grisby
(Boynton Beach Community HS)
6-1/220/4.55
Notes; Pitt has appeared to cool on him
NR Eric Houston
(Coral Reef Senior HS)
6-2/220/4.61
Notes; Likely headed elsewhere
NR Garrett White
(Miami Norland HS)
6-2/223/4.63
Notes; Visiting this weekend
NR Doug Fulmer
(Henninger HS)
6-4/220/4.50
Notes; Could be a Panther soon
NR Trae Kenney
(Hermitage HS)
6-1/230/4.70
Notes; Plan "B" but plays like an "A" guy
NR Donnell McKenzie
(Aliquippa SHS)
6-2/220/4.60
Notes; Academics are the main concern here

Defensive Backs

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
49 Ray Herring
(Holy Trinity Episcopal School)
5-11/187/4.60 --
Notes; Notre Dame fiasco may have helped Pitt
NR Sean Lee
(Upper Saint Clair HS)
6-3/215/4.60
Notes; My gut say's he likes Pitt more than people think he does
NR Brandon Jackson
(Plantation HS)
6-0/185/4.75
Notes; He wanted to commit, but Pitt said they were filled up at DB

Kicker

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
NR Merf Trout
(Winslow Township HS)
6-1/185
Notes; Pitt likely will not take a kicker this year

Punter

Nat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
( School) Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Interest Level
NR Anthony Piccirilli
(Aliquippa SHS)
5-11/240
Notes; Could be a walk-on candidate

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