Pitt Burns Up Recruiting Trail

News about Pitt's recruiting demise apparently was greatly exaggerated.

After being chastised several weeks ago for missing out on local kids and losing ground on some upper-level recruits, Pittsburgh has made a surge.

With four players verbally committing to the Panthers today -- wideout Kevin Weatherspoon from Clairton, Pa. High School; defensive end-outside linebacker Bryan Murphy and defensive end-interior lineman Brandon Sacco from Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, N.J.; and running back T.J. Peeler from Broad Run HS in Ashburn, Va. -- Pitt now has 10 commitments in its 2010 recruiting class.

We're further ahead with this year's recruiting with quality names at every position than we've had since I've been here,'' Wannstedt said before Pitt's recent run of success.

"We've had more players come through here (for visits) than we've ever had, and we're further ahead from an evaluation standpoint. So, we're going to have not a good class, but a great class. There's no doubt about that.''

The Panthers also got a verbal from cornerback K'Wuan Williams from St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale, N.J. Saturday and wideout Salath Williams from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa. Thursday. Defensive end T.J. Clemmings from Paterson, N.J. Catholic HS committed Monday, while safety Jeff Knox from Dematha Catholic HS in Hyattesville, Md. picked Pitt June 14.

That's quite a run for Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff, in particular secondary coach Jeff Hafley and wideouts coach Bryan Bossard. Hafley handles most of New Jersey and has brought in eight recruits the past two years with Sacco, Murphy, K'Wuan Williams and Clemmings this year to go with 2009 players like defensive end Bernardo Nunez from Hoboken HS, cornerback Jason Hendricks from Hudson Catholic Regional in Jersey City, tailback Raymond Graham from Elizabeth and cornerback Kevin Adams from St. Joseph Regional HS in Montvale.

Bossard, who has the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas, brought in safety Carl Fleming from Franklin HS in Reistertown, Md. to go with Knox and Peeler this year. These areas, as well as Jersey, were not strong for Pitt's recruiting efforts in previous years.

Pitt's other commitments are from defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh and safety Derrick Burns from Wilmington HS in New Wilmington, Pa.

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