Blue-Chip Recruiting Day II

There probably were more than a couple dozen recruiting prospects who attended Pitt's second intra-squad scrimmage Saturday at the indoor field, including a handful who the Panthers already have offered and a few who will be freshmen in the fall.

So, call it Blue-Chip Day II for Pittsburgh with five-star quarterback Paul Jones from Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks, Pa. leading the way. Jones, who also visited the Panthers Friday and spent all afternoon with the team, arrived about an hour late but called first and appeared to enjoy himself on the sideline with some of the other recruits.

"It's been a nice couple days at Pitt,'' Jones said. "I had a good time talking with the coaches and some of the other players. I just wish I could get out there and play some. It's no fun just watching from the sideline.''

Jones spoke with Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt after the scrimmage and spent some 15-20 minutes afterward talking exclusively with Panthers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. The two traded information so they could keep in contact with each other until Jones officially signs his letter of intent next February. Jones committed to Penn State about 10 weeks ago, but has re-opened his recruitment and is strongly considering Pitt in the mix.

Other players attended position meetings prior to watching the scrimmage. That group included some Pitt offers: running back-safety Derrick Burns from Wilmington HS in New Wilmington, Pa., Pitt's lone verbal for its 2010 class; wideout-linebacker Manasseh Garner from Brashear HS in Pittsburgh, the Panthers' newest scholarship offer; tight end Dan Schneider from Avon Lake, Ohio HS; wideout Salath Williams from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa.; quarterback Anthony Gonzalez from Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa.; and wideout Kevin Weatherspoon from Clairton, Pa. HS.

Three 2009 recruits -- defensive end Tyrone Ezell from Steel Valley HS in Munhall, Pa.; tight end Brock DeCicco from Thomas Jefferson HS in Jefferson Hills, Pa.; and middle linebacker Dan Mason from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh -- all watched the scrimmage. Former Panthers Jim Sweeney and Steve Buches also were in attendance.

Other recruiting prospects at the scrimmage were wideout-safety Jarrod West from Liberty HS, tailback Deontae Howard from Clairton, massive lineman George Beerhalter from Montour HS in the Pittsburgh area, 6-4, two-way tackle Patrick Christie from Boiling Springs, Pa. HS; as well as a large contingent from Forestville, Md.

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