Pitt Recruiting Update: Offense

The University of Pittsburgh coaching staff has been hard at work this summer. With offers extended from as far east as Maryland, New York, New Jersey and as far south as Florida, Dave Wannstedt and the Panthers are making sure to leave no stone, unturned this summer. We take a look at the second part of our series on Pitt's Recruiting Update - Offense.

Wide Receivers

Playmaking wide receivers are always a must for teams across the country and Pittsburgh has made an early effort to position themselves for one of the better wide receiving classes in the country. Current offers are on the table to Vidal Hazelton from Moore Catholic (NY), Elijah Fields from Duquesne (PA), Tamarcus Porter from Pahokee (FL), and Dorin Dickerson from West Allegheny.

Of the talented receivers that have garnered early offers, the most sought after at this point could be Dickerson. Teammate and good friend of 2005 signee, CJ Davis, Dickerson possesses the skills to become an impact player early in his college career. His got nice size and fabulous speed and would be a welcome addition to any receiving corp.

Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels ranks Dickerson as the third best player in Pennsylvania.

"It is all about campus and coaches," Dickerson said. "A school has to have a nice campus with good facilities, and they also have to have a great coaching staff that I feel comfortable with as a player and a person. It is a four-year commitment so I want to make sure that whatever school I select feels as much like a home-away-from home as I can find."

It's safe to say, the recruitment of Dickerson might be Wannstedt's biggest assignment of the early going.

Running Backs

The Panthers have nestled in on three running backs during the early going. Running backs LeSean McCoy from Bishop McDevitt (PA), Kordell Young from West Deptford (NJ) and Kevin Collier from Gates Churchhill (NY) have all earned early scholarship offers from the new coaching staff.

Of the three, the name to watch out for down the stretch may be Kevin Collier. The Empire State native has a host of early offers but has already taken an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh during the spring. With the influx in running backs being recruited by Syracuse, Pitt could possibly sneak in and grab him later in the process.

It is possible this list will expand within the coming months as Pittsburgh continues to evaluate the running back position further.


While the Keystone state may be attracting schools from across the country looking for a quarterback for the future, Pittsburgh might not be one of them, as Pitt has slightly fallen off the top choices for offered gunslingers Pat Devlin (Downtown East, Pa.) and Jeremy Ricker. (Bishop McDevitt, Pa.).

Never fear, as the Pitt staff has already forged ahead with scholarship offers to Thaddeus Lewis and Dexter Davidson of the sunshine state.

Davidson, of Coconut Creek (Fla.) just recently received his offer from Pittsburgh and new coach Dave Wannstedt, but is very interested in the Panthers.

"Coach Wannstedt called my Dad and they talked for a while," Davidson said. "He really likes Pittsburgh and they seem really high on me. They've got a new coordinator and it sounds like a great situation for me."

Davidson is trained by former Pittsburgh great Dan Marino and hails from the same high school that produced five star wide receiver Mike Moore from a year ago.

The staff is hoping the Marino connection will last another year.

Tight End

Despite the majority of the attention focused on Nate Byham of Franklin (Pa.), Pittsburgh has offered two very nice looking prospects that could mirror Byham's success in the future.

Drew Gloster (Good Counsel, Md.) and Tyler Tkach (Northern Lehigh, Pa.) both hold early scholarship offers and could see an opportunity at Tight End, if they don't get moved to Defense once they hit campus.

Tkach appears all but set for Pittsburgh, having claimed that the Panthers have always been his favorite, but the Northern Lehigh star might be waiting to see how the situation shakes up through the summer with Byham, who is everyone's All-American pick.

With three very good chances at nailing down Gloster, Tkach and Byham, Pittsburgh could ensure some versality in their offense for years to come.

Offensive Line

The early going has seen Pittsburgh offer four offensive lineman from the sunshine state.

Jarrod Holt (Clearwater HS), Daniel Wenger (St. Thomas Aquinas HS), Sam Young (St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and Jim Barrie (Berkely Prep) all received early offers from the staff.

Aaron Brown of Princeton, Ohio and Jeff Otah of Valley Forge, PA have been offered as well.

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