Of course the big highlight of Saturday was Woodland Hills CB Lafayette Pitts committing to Pitt. There's so many good things about Pitts' commitment.
First of all, it brings the total commits for 2011 to eight, and more importantly it comes at a position of need. The biggest things are that it gives Pitt another prospect from Woodland Hills in the last two recruiting classes, as he reconnects with Khaynin Mosley-Smith. Two of Pitts' current teammates, defensive end Quenton Jefferson and linebacker Ejuan Price have been offered by Pitt, and both have the Panthers high on their list. Pitts' commitment doesn't guarantee that Price and/or Jefferson will commit to Pitt, but it also doesn't hurt Pitt's chances either.
STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE
Here's a look at the teams with the top records after day one. Passing camps are good, but they don't necessarily translate to what a team is going to do in the regular season. Woodland Hills is coming off a WPIAL championship, and returns a very strong class of juniors and seniors--many of who either played prominent roles on last year's team, or were pressed into playing because of an injury. Of all the teams in attendance, the Wolverines have the most Division I prospects on the field, during this camp. After one day at the Pitt passing camp, they are 3-2. Here's a look at the top of the standings.
Thomas Jefferson 5-0
Keystone Oaks 5-0
Perry, PA 5-0
Fox Chapel 4-1
Manheim Twp 4-1
Oil City 4-1
Penn Trafford 4-1
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 4-1
Among some of the other standouts in attendance: Jay Whitmire (Alexandria, VA, T.C. Williams) He wore number 59, but Whitmire was running all over the field, running routes against defensive backs supposedly quicker and faster than him. Though most defensive backs would probably edge him in a foot race, Whitmire found ways to break out of his routes and make catches against these quicker, faster defensive backs. Most big receivers have good hands and long arms. Whitmire does that, but he's an offensive tackle making these kind of moves. Pitt is one of the schools that has offered him, and we will talk to him after the weekend to see where Pitt stands.
Ejuan Price (Woodland Hills, LB) We may see the effect of Lafayette Pitts' commitment with Price, as well as another Woodland Hills teammate, below. From what I understand from the Woodland Hills side, Pitts has been wanting to commit to Pitt for awhile. He just wanted to pick the right time for him and for Pitt--basically when his family could be there with him, and when it wasn‘t on a day where another player has committed on the same day, or the next day (which has happened with three other Pitt commits this class). Not sure what kind of timing, but if Price is going to choose Pitt, he may be waiting for the right time, and to let Pitts have a little of the thunder right now. Lets see how long Price decides to wait, if that's going to be the case.
Quinton Jefferson (Woodland Hills, DE) Jefferson recently told us that his top two is Pitt and Iowa. He looks to be an inch or two taller than his listed frame of 6-4 right now. Jefferson played tight end for his team in 7-on-7, and can move well. He did not play defense, since these types of passing scrimmages are for the linebackers and defensive backs on defense. It will be interesting to see how much bigger Jefferson gets. If he continues to grow, all the more intriguing a prospect he can be.
Branden Jackson (McKeesport, LB) Jackson is listed as an outside linebacker, but covers like a safety when he's out there. If it's true--that first-year McKeesport head coach Jim Ward belives he can put Jackson in a three-point stance off the edge, then wow! It's hard to gauge a player's strength in a passing scrimmage like this, but you can pay attention to how players run, how well they run routes and how well they can cover. Jackson can do those things well, and seems to be living up to the hype that has brought him as many offers as he's gotten.
Damion Jones-Moore (RB, Central Catholic) We'll keep an eye on this player, who will be a junior this coming fall. He led the Vikings in rushing a year ago, and looks to do the same again this year. Jones-Moore is only 5-6, but his build, and style of running is very similar to former Central Catholic running back Eugene Jarvis. Once he has the ball in his hands, he just goes. He can stop and juke people out, but he'd rather try to beat them. One on touchdown he scored, two defenders converged on. Instead of trying to juke them, he tried to beat them by running between them. He crossed the goal line before they could get to him.
Anthony Nixon (WR, Central Catholic) Another junior for Central Catholic. This Viking team is stocked with juniors, similar to the way the 2007 state championship team came up together (Tino Sunseri, Andrew Taglianetti, Quentin Williams, Dan Vaughan). Nixon is a very good route-runner, and is the go-to guy. Might only be 6-1, but has some leaping ability.
Desimon Green (QB, Clairton) We didn't get to see his defensive end skills on Saturday, but he did quarterback Clairton to three wins on Saturday. He did everything possible for his team on Saturday, which is why so many good teams have offered him.
Stay tuned for more coverage of Pitt's 7-on-7 passing camp on Sunday, as well as the rest of the week, where we hope to have updates on some of the individual prospects--including a few of the ones listed in this update--who have Pitt offers.