Pitt Football Recruiting Update

The University of Pittsburgh Football program is steadily preparing for letter o intent day next month. With a precious few scholarship remaining, Pitt is in the process of placing its focus on a small number of blue-chip prospects. Read on for details.

Moye's decision coming next week

"It's going to be tough but I'm going to make my decision sometime next week. I'm still torn between Pitt and Penn State," stated blue-chip wide receiver Derek Moye (6-foot-5 inches, 180 pounds) from Rochester High School in Rochester, PA.

Scout.com ranks Moye a "four-star" recruit and the 57th best wide receiver in the nation.

"Coach (Mike) McQueary came to see my basketball practice last week and we had a chance to talk about Penn State," Moye said. "I went to the Pitt-Georgetown game last Saturday. It gave me a chance to spend some time there with their coaches and recruits."

"I have to sit down and lay out what I like about both schools. It's going to be a really tough decision. I can't go wrong either way but I want to make a choice that best fits me."

Derek rushed for 1,000 yards on 141 attempts, caught 15 passes for 350 yards and scored 29 touchdowns this season.

Sheard down to two schools

"I was supposed to visit South Carolina this weekend but I guess that's been canceled," stated defensive end Jabaal Sheard. "It looks like I'm down to Pitt, Auburn and Rutgers. I guess you can say that Pitt and Auburn are my final two."

Scout.com ranks Sheard a "three-star" prospect and the 64th best defensive end in the nation. He registered 45 tackles and 12 sacks this season. Jabaal visited the Pittsburgh on December 2nd.

"I'll probably make my decision within the next few weeks. I had two good visits to Pitt and Auburn. It's a big decision and I don't want to rush it. I can't go wrong with either school."

Wright enjoys visit to Pitt

"I really had a great visit to Pitt. I can't wait to get there," stated wide receiver Aundre Wright from Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. "I arrived there on Friday and I had a chance to hand out with my future teammates on Friday at Dave and Busters. Oderick Turner was my host for the weekend."

"It was kind of funny. A lot of the recruits met me on Friday and asked me "Are you the fast guy? We heard about you," Wright said. "We got along right from the start."

Scout.com ranks McCoy a "five-star recruit" and the 2nd best prep school player in the nation.

"Saturday was great. I thought I knew everything about Pitt but I learned a lot more," said Wright. "The dorms we're going to be living in are great and the campus nicer than I thought. They did a nice job during the tour."

Wright, originally from Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, PA, was known for his blistering speed on the football field. An athlete capable of recording a consistent 4.3 forty-yard dash, he was an impressive wide receiver and kick returner. Aundre has frequently been compared to current Washington Redskin wide receiver Santana Moss.

"The basketball game against Georgetown was a lot of fun," said Wright. "We sat really close to the floor and it gave me a chance to spend more time with the guys visiting that weekend. The atmosphere exciting and we were all bonding. I could tell then that LeSean (McCoy) was starting to turn our way."

"I told LeSean all along that he should come to Pitt. He can come to Pitt and be the man. When he visited Penn State, some of those players gave him an attitude. He visited Pitt and they treated him like family. I'm glad he's going to be part of our recruiting class."

Wright, a bright and articulate young man, was beaming with excitement when taking about his future as a Pitt Panther. "I sat down with the coaches on Sunday to talk about next year," Wright said. "They want me to return kicks and work hard to gain some playing time as a receiver. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt told me he's excited to add my speed to the team."

"I have two goals right now. I want to maintain a high grade point average and work hard on my conditioning. I want simply want to contribute next year and help the team."

Williams set to commit

Valley Forge Military defensive back Bryan Williams will visit Pitt this weekend. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with him and he openly stated he was prepared to commit to Pitt.

Williams stated, "I have de-committed from Temple. There was a miscommunication with myself and the Pitt coaching staff but all that has been taken care of. They had a little turnover in their staff and that's to be expected. My scholarship is still there and waiting for me. I'm not going to lie. I want meet Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and talk with him and take a second look at Pitt. If everything as good as I remember, I'm going to commit to Pitt. I'm still a Panther at heart."

Williams was named first team All-Ohio Division III as a running back after rushing for 1,897 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior. Scout.com ranked him the 77th best cornerback in the nation. Bryan is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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