While contact had long since been made on many juniors and initial letters sent out Sept. 1, 2008, the first big junior day is set for Saturday with the Pittsburgh men's basketball game against Cincinnati the main event at 4 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers should have about 90 prospects in for the day's festivities.
The Pitt staff has not changed its recruiting emphasis, but has picked up the pace a bit in certain areas. And that manifested with about 30 athletes from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia primarily recruited by Panthers receivers coach Bryan Bossard and 20 or so from Eastern Pennsylvania with tight ends coach Brian Angelichio as the chief recruiter.
Bossard's group includes safety Josh Furman from Old Mill HS in Millersville, Md.; quarterback Levi Barber from Thomas A. Edison HS in Alexandria, Va.; athlete Trey Bray from Great Bridge HS in Chesapeake, Va.; wideout Adrian Coxson from Baltimore, Md. City College; wideout E.J. Scott from Our Lady Good Counsel HS in Olney, Md.; outside linebacker Nick Forbes from Governor Thomas Johnson HS in Frederick, Md.; defensive end J.R. Ferguson from St. John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, Md.; linebacker Javari Johnson from Dunbar HS in Washington, D.C.; cornerback Louis Young from Our Lady Good Counsel HS in Olney, Md.; safety Jeff Knox from DeMatha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, Md., formerly from Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh; Billy Cosh from Arundel HS in Gambrills, Md.; and Trey Bray from Great Bridge HS in Chesapeake, Va.
Angelichio's group includes running back Corey Brown from Cardinal O'Hara HS in Springfield, Pa.; safety Jarrod West from Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa; defensive end Dakota Royer, Manheim Central HS, Manheim Township, Pa.; athlete Anthony Gonzalez from Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa.; quarterback Tyler Smith from Wilson HS in Easton, Pa.; quarterback Kyle Smith from Lancaster, Pa. Catholic HS; wideout Salath Williams, defensive backs Aaron Sye and Jonathan Duckett from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa.; lineman Adam Metz from Lower Dauphin HS near Harrisburg, Pa.; middle linebacker Sam Bergen from East Stroudsburg, Pa. HS; and offensive guard Matt Williams from Cardinal O'Hara HS in Springfield, Pa.
Other recruiting prospects attending Pitt's Junior Day include wideout Alex Kenney from State College, Pa. HS; quarterback Joe Boisture from Saline, Mich. HS; wideout Shakim Phillips from DePaul Catholic HS in Wayne, N.J.; center Miles Dieffenbach from Fox Chapel, Pa. HS; wideout Kevin Weatherspoon from Clairton, Pa. HS; safety Chad Hagan from Canon-McMillan HS, Canonsburg, Pa.; Jordan Thomas from Union HS in Endicott, N.Y. and tight end Jerome Lewis from Bishop Kearney HS in Rochester, N.Y.
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