This is the eighth of a longer POV series looking at the individual positions which need to be re-filled in 2017 and whether we will meet the PRODUCTION we had in those positions. We will not factor in true freshman at this point.
Even though we are excluding true freshmen from the conversation in these pre-camp articles some breaking news was just reported by Rivals.com’s Chris Peak; 2017 recruit All-Everything 4* big-time Safety Paris Ford will not be enrolling for classes at Pitt that start on Monday. Recruits (and the staffs) tend to want to get a jump on the fall camp by enrolling early and being able to use the Pitt weight room, training table, partake in peer drills & exercises, etc… before the August training camp and the September semester.
Not every recruit does this though I believe but the majority do. This is almost certainly a case of non-qualifying academically so keep fingers crossed that Ford can resolve this problem and report before or during camp. One thing to note though is that Pitt cannot offer any services to Ford in terms of tutoring, study, etc… because he isn’t a student yet.
All-in-all it is not a great beginning for the DB unit as he was figured to be heavily involved as a true FR at the Safety position. Especially as his Rivals.com rating was a 6.0 which is .1 away from being a 5* kid. Let’s hope Hamlin is healthy finally to alleviate the blow if Ford has to be absent.
I’m already bummed about this unit due to the above even though Ford is a case of the ‘unknown qualities’ that I talk about all the time on here. But the intent of these articles is to discuss who we have returning in this specific unit so here goes…
On Pitt’s roster as we speak are the following defensive backs (listed by #):
|7||Henry Miller||6-3/205||RS FR|
|11||Dane Jackson||6-0/180||RS SO|
|16||Therran Coleman||6-0/190||RS FR|
|20||Dennis Briggs||5-10/190||RS JR|
|21||Malik Henderson||6-0/185||RS SO|
|24||Phil Campbell||6-1/195||RS FR|
|27||Bricen Garner||6-1/175||RS FR|
|32||Phillipie Motley||5-10/175||RS JR|
|35||Rob Boatright||5-10/185||RS SR|
|43||Jazzee Stocker||6-2/185||RS SO|
|46||Rimoni Dorsey||6-0/190||RS SO|