If wideout Todd Thomas successfully completes his academic requirements at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. and can enroll in January, 2010, Pittsburgh would have 20 verbal commitments now with him in the class. That means five more are needed.
Targets to fill those spots could come from a group that includes quarterback Mark Myers from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, wideouts Alonzo Russell from H.D. Woodson HS in Washington, D.C. and Allen Hurns from Carol City HS in Miami, Fla.; defensive back Brandon Ifill from Penn Hills HS in Pittsburgh; offensive tackle Shane Johnson from Dematha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, Md. and defensive end Sherard Cadogan from Camden Catholic HS in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Pitt has offered everyone from the above group except Myers, so the coaches must decide if they want to take two quarterback prospects or just stick with the athletic Gonzalez. Some believe he would make an excellent safety. It also is believed that if the Panthers offer Myers, he would commit rather quickly.
Ifill appears to have Maryland and Pitt in his top two with West Virginia, Rutgers and Michigan trailing. Ifill, as well as Penn Hills teammate Cullen Christian, don't appear to be ready to make a decision anytime soon. But who knows? With the way they talk up a school after a visit, they also could commit on the spot.
The Panthers and West Virginia are Russell's only offers, and he appears to be interested in waiting for more. He has not yet scheduled an official visit to Pitt. Hurns has offers from Miami, Fla., WVU, Central Florida and Mississippi and was expected to commit to the Hurricanes. However, Hurns reportedly was injured recently. And that could force schools to back off.
Johnson and Cadogan have had nothing but good things to say about Pitt since they first stepped foot on campus and were at the practice facility, but neither has felt good enough to pull the trigger. Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia and Cal join the Panthers in Johnson's top five, while Cadogan has Pitt in his best group with WVU, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Michigan State.
After an amazing six-week stretch when Pitt went from having just two verbal commitments and just as many high-profile local recruits pledge elsewhere to completing about two-thirds of its class with 15 more commits, the Panthers have had just two since training camp began.
Safety Eric Williams from Pennsbury HS in Fairless Hills, Pa. and quarterback Anthony Gonzalez from Liberty HS in Bethlehem, Pa. gave Pitt 20 solid verbal commitments. The Panthers also missed out on several recruits where they reportedly were in the running until the end.
That group includes wideout Shakim Phillips (Boston College), wideouts Manasseh Garner (Wisconsin) Brendon Felder (North Carolina) and offensive guard Sal Conaboy (Maryland). Phillips' family reportedly pushed hard for him to verbal to BC, while Conaboy just liked Maryland better.
Garner wants to be an offensive player -- a wideout, tight end or H-back -- but Pitt believes he's better-suited to be an outside linebacker or grow into a D-end. The same for Felder, who will be a receiver for the Tar Heels, but the Panthers like him as a defensive back.
Here is a list with Pitt's 20 verbal commitments for 2010: Click Here
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