Pitt's Junior Day

Less than three weeks after signing the No. 1-ranked class in the Big East, 16th nationally, the Pitt football program has set up a big Junior Day primarily for 2011 recruits with three five-star prospects scheduled to visit for the Panthers basketball game with Villanova Sunday at noon at the Petersen Events Center.

Nearly 100 recruits are scheduled to attend with tight end Ben Koyack from Oil City, Pa. High School, running back Jameel Poteat from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, Pa. and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio from Dematha Catholic HS in Hyattsville, Md. among the best nationally at their respective positions.

Koyack was scheduled to be at the West Virginia game last week, but an illness forced him to stay home. He also might opt to stay home this weekend as well in order to schedule a personal visit so he might have more individual attention.

Cornerback Terrell Chestnut from Pottsgrove HS in Pottstown, Pa.; linebacker Mike Caputo from West Allegheny HS in Imperial, Pa.; and tight end Ray Hamilton from Strongsville, Ohio HS are four-star recruits expected to attend.

Along with Poteat, linebacker Sean Barowski, quarterback Matt Johnson and defensive end Noah Spence, a 2012 prospect, represent Bishop McDevitt. Defensive tackle Darian Cooper joins Kouandjio from Dematha Catholic.

Pittsburgh pipeline Aliquippa, Pa. HS is expected to have three recruits in attendance: offensive tackle Zack Hooks, wideout Troy Jeter and wideout Kevin Johnson. Other local invited players include defensive back Jevonte Pitts and linebacker Ejuan Price from Woodland Hills HS in Pittsburgh, defensive end Sascha Craig from Gateway HS in Monroeville, running back Sam Gooden and linebacker Branden Jackson from McKeesport, Pa. HS; and offensive lineman Pat Mahoney, offensive guard Bernie Sarra and offensive guard Joe Sullivan from Greensburg, Pa. Central Catholic HS.

Two invitees from outside Pitt's regular recruiting areas are Vinnie Sunseri, an outside linebacker from Northridge HS in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Kelvin Fisher, a safety from Higley HS in Gilbert, Ariz. Sunseri's older brother is Pitt's redshirt sophomore quarterback Tino Sunseri, and their father is Sal Sunseri, a former Panthers All-America linebacker and current Alabama coach. Fisher's father, Kelvin, is an Aliquippa grad who coaches with the Arizona Cardinals.

Other recruits expected to attend include linebacker Quinton Alston from Timber Creek Regional HS, Erial, N.J.; wideout Bill Belton from Winslow Twp. HS, Atco, N.J.; running back Karell Bostick from Bergen Catholic HS, Oradell, N.J.; quarterback Christian Brumbaugh from South Fayette Twp. HS, McDonald, Pa.; defensive back Blake Countess from Good Counsel HS, Olney, Md.; defensive tackle Brandon Clemons from Delaware Valley HS, Milford, Pa.; running back Charles Davis from Neptune, N.J. HS; wideout Kris Drummond from St. John's College, Washington, D.C.; cornerback Chris Dukes from Colerain HS, Cincinnati, Ohio; running back Bre' Ford from Bethel Park, Pa. HS; offensive tackle Paul Gaughan from Dunmore, Pa. HS; quarterback Cardale Jones from Glenville HS, Cleveland, Ohio; tight end Tyler Kroft from Downingtown East HS, Exton, Pa.; defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds from St. John's College, Washington, D.C.; linebacker Deaysean Rippey from Sto-Rox HS, McKees Rocks, Pa. and wideout Louis Smith from Downingtown, Pa. West HS.

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