Busy Weekend For The Panthers

Common sense says Pittsburgh would rather be preparing for a bowl game right now, but all is not lost for this first year staff. Now the Pittsburgh staff can focus its attention to closing out what could be a top 10-15 recruiting class this year. The major activity will begin this weekend as the Panthers will host at least ten official visitors.


Nate Byham   TE   6-4/230     Franklin, Pa.

Scout.com currently ranks Byham as the No. 1 tight end in the nation. Byham helped lead his Franklin squad to the District 10 playoffs this fall. Byham was selected as a  U.S. Army All-American.


Dorin Dickerson  WR  6-2/205   West Allegheny, Pa.

Scout.com ranks Dickerson as the nation's No. 4 wide receiver prospect. He recently finished his high school career with a loss to Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Dickerson was selected as a U.S. Army All-American and was recently selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" squad.

Kevin Collier   RB   5-10/195   Churchville Chili, N.Y

Collier informed Scout.com on Sunday that he is still committed to Pittsburgh, but is doing his homework. He took a November official visit to Syracuse, and will now visit the Panthers. The record setting back from Rochester is an important key to the Panthers future and any hopes That Dave Wannstedt has of establishing a potent ground game.

Thaddeus Lewis  QB  6-2/185  Hialeah Lakes, Fla.

Pitt currently has commitments from two quarterbacks in this class, but Dave Wannstedt has been impressed with Lewis since this spring. If Lewis chooses Pitt they will likely bring him in. Shane Murray will likely switch positions so that would give the Panthers four quarterbacks behind Tyler Palko.

Jason Pinkston  DT  6-4/275   Baldwin, Pa

Pinkston is currently ranked as the No. 18 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" selection could challenge for playing time as a freshman.


Mckenzie Mathews  DE  6-2/240  Christian Brothers Academy, N.Y.

Mathews is currently ranked at the No. 41 rated defensive end in the country. Mathews has been a long time target of the Panthers who are in desperate need of outside pass rushers.

Dan Loheyde   LB      6-1/225      Gateway, Pa.

Loheyde is currently rated as the nation's No. 100 LB prospect. Loheyde has been a consistent defender for the past two seasons for coach Terry Smith's Gateway Gators

Justin Hargrove   DE    6-4/240         Baldwin, Pa.

Hargrove missed the majority of his senior season due to a head injury.

Eric Rodemoyer   OL    6-3/300      Kennedy Catholic, Pa.

Rodemoyer is coming off of a heartbreaking OT loss in the PIAA playoffs. Rodemoyer has a warrior's mentality and will provide depth along the interior of the Pitt offensive line.

Lowell Robinson    DB    6-2/195    Erie Community College, N.Y.

The Panthers staff is very excited about landing Robinson, who earned his conference's defensive MVP honors. Robinson can play corner or safety and could also play a key role in the panthers return game.

Elijah Fields of Duquesne, Pa. was scheduled for an official visit this weekend, but that may be up in the air now due to the Duke's PIAA playoff run.

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