Guru Grill: Your Stop For Inside Pitt Athletics

Hello fellow Panther fans, it's time for The Guru Grill. This is where Panther fans come to get the answers to their questions regarding University of Pittsburgh athletics and recruiting from Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels.

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1. demase2331: Should Pitt have a 10-1 or 9-2 type season, where do you see the Panthers ranking in recruiting nationally?

  • GURU: If Pitt manages to pull out Collier, Byham, and Walls along with Aaron Smith they could be poised for a top 10 class. The Notre Dame game is very important for them to set the tone.

steelcurtain55: I saw Da'rel Scott verballed to Maryland. How come we didn't offer? To me that is the most mind-puzzling recruitment all year.

  • GURU: Why? Pitt is stacked at WR, RB, and DB all three positions they would have recruited him for. With not a lot of ships left would you take Scott over collier or Elzy?..No, would you take him over Gary, Fields, or Walls?..No

Chris94: Haven't heard much about the recruitment of Vidal Hazelton in a long time. Is he still considering Pitt? If not, did the recruitment of Dickerson turn him off Pitt?

  • GURU: Hazelton likes the ACC...

tbro34: I know you are not the only person deciding how many stars a prospect has. But I was wondering why Greg Webster only has 2 stars? By the end of the season do you see his rating going up?

  • GURU: He could be a 3-star, as for why he's not that's not a question for me to answer. I personally think he is a 3-star player.

eman11: I have seen articles on other sites that have Anthony Elzy as high on Pitt? Is he as good as Collier? What are our chances with him?

  • GURU: They're both very good backs, personally I don't think you could go wrong with either one .

AzulDos: In your honest opinion which of the Running backs we have that is most ready to play other positions if they do not win the job?

  • GURU: LaRod Stephens looked very good at CB, he is small but he showed some tremendous coverage ability in the Big 33 game. Brooks and Collins have both played defense before.

steelcurtain55: What is your view on Nate Hartung? If he would come back from his mission and is around 330lbs could you see PITT being interested?

  • GURU: I could see a lot of teams being interested in him, bottom line is in today's day and age with all the deaths that happen during training people are scared, whether they admit it or not is a whole different. It will be very interesting to see how everything turns out with Hartung, he's a great kid hopefully he keeps himself in shape and gets a shot.

NJBob: Does it look like we'll get any more verbals prior to the Notre Dame weekend? If so, who are the most likely candidates?

  • GURU: Elzy committed to UNC today

eman11: I really like Ricky Gary from Florida. What are our chances with him? It seems every time I look in his profile he has more offers.

  • GURU: If Florida offers he's gone, if not Pitt will be a player.

demase2331: should Pitt disappoint this year, ala 2003, how do you feel this will affect not only this year's recruiting, but the perception of the program as a whole?

  • GURU: Obviously it would be bad especially with so many returning starters coming back for Pitt, but the bottom line is its still year one during the Wannstedt era. I don't think it would be as big of a deal as it was in 2003. that debacle was basically because of one game (Miami).

Chris94: How close are Tamarcus Porter and Ricky Gary as Pahokee teammates? I see that Porter has named Pitt his sole leader and he'll be attending the ND game with Gary. Will getting a commit from Porter greatly enhance our chances with Gary, or will he still likely bolt to a FLA big 3 program if offered?

  • GURU: They're very close, it could play a factor. In the end though each will make the decision that they feel is best for them.

PittFan7: What's the latest news on McKenzie Mathews, Nate Byham and Daniel Wenger?

  • GURU: Wenger is in the process of setting up his officials and it appears as though Pitt could end up getting one. Mathews will likely visit, he has had Pitt in his top three since the beginning. Byham is just weighing his options, I still think it comes down to Pitt/WVU.

CaptainH: Rumor has it Bryan Williams did not, or is having a hard time qualifying. Any information on his situation?

  • GURU: I have heard nothing concrete as of yet, I really haven't heard anything either way.

steelcurtain55: I was looking at some of the Florida Prospects who list PITT as a Favorite. What are your thoughts on these players ( RB - Dontae Jones, DL - Jared Martin, WR - Preston Parker, DE - Audie Augustine and S - Kellen White), and Pitt's chances of landing any of them?

  • GURU: Pitt appears to be solid players for martin, parker, and White. Martin and White for sure. I saw White at camp and he was very impressive, none of the receivers could do anything against him. Some of our Florida folks say that Martin is very impressive. It would be tough for them to take another back when their fairly solid with Collier and Elzy.

Pitt1999: Why does Tyler Tkach have only a 1 star rating?

  • GURU: The star rankings are not finished yet.

GepDawg: What's up with Joe Flacco? Is he transferring to Delaware or somewhere else, or his staying at Pitt?

  • GURU: No one has really said anything for certain, with all the talk about stull being No. 2 I would say it look's as though Flacco is gone.

steelcurtain55: Name the 5 guys in the state PITT hasn't offered who could see their stock soar this season and could receive an offer?

  • GURU: I would've said Abe Koroma but PSU just got a verbal from him. I'll say Andy Miller because of the need for OT's, John Maddox has 30 offers, none from Pitt. Ashton Cobb, yes he's committed but so was Stull. Brandon King could be a possibility. Terrence McCrae would be a good possibility.

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PittFan7: What are the overall feelings about the new coaching staff from all the local HS coaches? How do the Florida kids like DW and company?

  • GURU: The local coaches love the energy and the attention Wannstedt and company bring to the table. As long as they continue to recruit and do the public relations work they'll be fine here. Florida coaches like Wannstedt, the players love him . most are impressed because he is an ex-NFL coach.
    Our staff would like to thank you for your participation as we strive to make our site the number one source of information for Pittsburgh Panther athletics and high school recruiting. Bill Harris/Scout.com

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