* 4 star DT Donovan Jeter has finished his second stop in his “DeeJee’s Nationwide Commitment Tour ’16” (sponsored by Magic Eraser). His first stop was in South Bend, IN and that was a success as a warmup to his main show.
The pressure to perform live again was too much so his agent booked a date in Ann Arbor, MI for a second and more permanent commitment. Which he offered up on a silver-plated platter.
“I’m done. I can’t put myself through this again,” Jeter said.
Jeter chose Notre Dame in September after a visit for a Fighting Irish game. But not long after, he began to have second thoughts, admitting he made a decision too quickly. He said he also made the Notre Dame commitment to relieve the recruiting pressure and when he made the decision he said Michigan and Pitt were the other finalists.
“I started thinking, ‘Michigan is undefeated and Notre Dame is 2-5,’” Jeter said.
When asked about his change of career venues Jeter was heard to say “A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance!!” Afterward a reporter was hear saying “Well, when the f*ck is that going to happen?”
Let’s hope he doesn’t switch again and come to Pitt – there will be a locker room fight between he and Chris Clark for bragging rights as to who is better at de-committing from schools.
* The Post-Gazette had this article a few days ago: Phillipie Motley is latest to join crew of junkyard dogs in Pitt’s secondary. In it we read this bit of wishful thinking…
“You’ve just got to come out fighting, you know? We’re scrappers,” said Motley. “Me and [Avonte] are what everybody would call ‘littler.’ You’ve got to have that dog in you to not let anything happen, always fighting to get the ball out, not to let a receiver catch the ball. That’s being a dog.”
“Littler” is one way of putting it. Both Maddox, at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, and Motley, a hair taller at 5-10, 175, are not exactly the twin towers of the ACC. Both need strong athleticism and near-perfect fundamentals to compensate for the lack of size.
More like rescue dogs or maybe someone’s bitches are more apt descriptions so far this season, but that’s splitting hairs… .
* Jerry DiPaola of the Trib-Review has a nice piece on two-way players with some history lesson thrown in.
* A sportswriter for the student newspaper, Dan Sostek of the Pitt News, came out with a fun article in which he lists his favorite and best players in five mid-season categories (MVP, Biggest Surprise, etc.)
Here is his take on the “Most Unsung” and I agree 100%. Aston is turning out to be one of the best and most productive players on either side of the ball.:
Most Unsung: George Aston, FB
Fullbacks will naturally get overlooked in offenses, but George Aston is making that tougher and tougher to do every week. A former walk-on linebacker, Aston found playing time last year primarily as a short-yardage pass catcher, hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions.
He’s been even more involved in the offense this year, tallying five touchdowns already on just 24 touches. He’s emerged as a secondary goal line back to bruising tailback James Conner, forcing defenses to divert their attention away from Conner and account for him when Pitt is within a few yards of the end zone.
Aston doesn’t pile up yardage, but he lowers his shoulder with the best of them, and his penchant for finding the end zone has been key for the Panthers.
* On the basketball side Mike Wysocki of the PGH City Paper weighs in with a great article on Pitt having a new BB coach for the first time since 2003.
In 2003 we loved American Idol, Survivor and the Lord of the Rings movies. The music of Evanescense, Chingy and 3 Doors Down filled the air. We hated the French so much that we called French fries, freedom fries. We hated them enough to rebrand them, but not to stop eating them. I hated the French so much that I would refer to old Steelers running back Frenchy Fuqua as Freedomy Fuqua. We were also forced to choose sides in the war between Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Oh, and the University of Pittsburgh hired a new men’s basketball coach.
* Regardless of what is being broadcast 24/7 via the media – some families immigrate to the US because they absolutely have to. Here is a real success story of one of those family’s sons making good in WPIAL HS football as a defensive lineman and linebacker for North Allegheny – Carlos Jaromir Blanco Jr:
His natural position is linebacker (young Steelers phenom Ryan Shazier is his favorite player), but he has been playing defensive line for the North Allegheny Tigers, while he learns a new playbook. Carlos Jr. says Mexican-style football differs from the American brand.
“Football in Mexico is much more smash-mouth style,” says Carlos Jr. “Here, it is very quick. You have to have technique and can’t just ‘hit somebody.’”
So far, this American style has translated into success for Carlos Jr. His best game was against Penn Hills High earlier this month, when he tallied six tackles and three sacks in a North Allegheny win. Carlos Jr., though a bit undersized for a defensive lineman, uses his speed and quickness to avoid blockers and pursue the quarterback. (His sack-per-game average is the best on his team.)
* Here is a great bit about Toddy Graham. (The video is hard to hear – the link is better…)
“Know The Enemy” tomorrow; “Predictions” article on Wednesday and “Game Day Thread” on Thursday.