Jan 31 (Wed) 7:00 PMACC at Miami [Fla.]Coral Gables, FLTV: RSN Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Here is an excellent Excel spreadsheet with all of Pitt’s class of 2018 scholarship offers on it. This great bit of work was done by a frequent poster on Rivals.com named Pugs35 and he graciously provides the link as an open source.
Look at the total numbers of offers we had out – 264 and at this point we have signed 16 recruits with one player, QB transfer Ricky Town, not listed an a recruit so that brings us up to 17 total commits which is where we now stand.
On a down note however you’ll see that we offered a total of 105 4* and 5* blue-chip kids and didn’t land any (so far). Zero for 105 really hurts folks.
However as I commented in the last article keep an eye on WR Mychale Salahuddin who is a 4* recruit out of DC. He took four official visits and we were the last of them just a week ago so that’s a good sign. It would be nice to land at least one 4*.
Another interesting thing about this spreadsheet is the info column to the right of the “commit Dates” that shows a recruit flipping to another school of just decommitting for his original verbal. i didn’t realize it’s so prevalent now.
I can’t embed the whole document but the link above takes you to a copy of it… here is a snapshot so you know what it entails:
Note on the bottom of the spreadsheet there are tabs to take a look at other recruiting classes – 2016, ’17, ’19 & ’20.
Here is that link in its html form in case you need it.
Two days ago we posted up the verrrrry early look at a possible two-deep for Pitt’s 2018 season. We concentrated talking about the offense in that article. today let’s look at the defense.
Here are the graphics I included in that last article:
And here is the prospective ’18 two-deep:
OK – let’s start breaking this defense down. First we’ll start with the Defensive Line.
At one DE position we see returners 4* transfer Dewayne Hendrix, who transferred in from Tennessee, and 2* kid Rashad Weaver. Weaver is, to me, the better of the two players. Hendrix hasn’t shown us much at all while after his rsFR year in 2016 Weaver came on strong in starting five games.
Over the season Weaver was very productive for a kid who spot-played until the last quarter of the season: 28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss (TFL) and 3 sacks – then he had 3 pass breakups to boot. Really pretty impressive for a first season of play.
Let’s get back to some Pitt football talk. All the issues surrounding the MSU scandal aren’t going away and we can talk that to death if left unchecked. Pitt BB should be shot and put out of its misery.
First though I want to mention this – I deleted some posts today due to political content. I’ll do that a few times then let the poster(s) know I’ll ban them if it keeps happening… along with any racist posts that are encoded. This blog has an extremely low tolerance for that bullcrap.
So – 2018… We have questions galore in this offseason and especially because we just came off an extremely disappointing 2017 season where we went 5-7 without a bowl bid. Let’s look at the talent on hand and see if it makes us feel any better about the possibilities of turning that record around to seven wins at least.
Here is the final two-deep found in the Game Notes published prior to the Miami game.
Here is my verrrry early prediction of the 2018 two-deep. Note: I edited it because I was rushed and forgot about Aston, Wirginis and Ford.The bare-bones table above is what I figure, at this very early date, what may be the two-deep coming out of fall camp. Let’s not bet on this holding especially the lineman on both sides of the ball. It is always hard for any fans not actually at the practices to tell which OL are doing what.
And, truth be told, even when I attend the practices and watch the OL and DL go at it out there it just looks like a bunch of water buffaloes beating the crap out of each other.
To make something very clear – I do not believe in guilt by association, so please keep that in mind as you read this article.
Unless you have sequestered yourself over the last month or so you have heard the media stories about Larry Nassar and his sexual abuse of hundreds (if not thousands) of young girls who were mostly gymnasts both at Michigan State University and through his work with the U. S. Olympic Committee. It is horrifying and, unfortunately, 100% believable.
Nasser was just this week sentenced to 175 years in prison for his crimes and during that sentencing the presiding judge did this: “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. “I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.”
That almost vindictive statement came on the heels of a letter Nasser wrote to here trying to explain away the situation. In that letter he wrote:
“I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned. Well, I think every man among us can related to that centuries old saying – but still get sick to our stomachs to hear it used as an excuse for abhorrent and criminal actions.
But this is a Pitt football blog and what does the above have to do with us? Well, taken separately Nasser’s actions, especially his crimes committed against the olympic gymnasts, may not have any connection. But in situations like this you have to look to see what the avenues are where investigations and blame’s bloodletting travel.
Well, the time has rolled around again for the Pitt football staff to put their best feet forward and host their annual National Letter of Intent (LOI) Signing Day event this year on Feb 7th, 2018.
Even though some of the signing drama that existed on past LOI Days doesn’t exist much now that we have a early signing period in December – it is still great fun to watch Narduzzi and the position coaches talk about the individual recruits and what they anticipate for the kids while they are at Pitt.
For instance the 2013 LOI Day event was when the staff said they were going to play Conner at running back rather than at Defensive End as he was being recruited by other teams to play. BTW – he was only offered by Pitt, Ohio, Bowling Green, Toledo, YSU and Eastern Michigan!
I like these events as it is an afternoon and evening of meeting other Pitt fans and talking about Pitt football smack in the middle of the off-season doldrums.
Here is the article we had last year about what we POV’ers did at the event... we met at Bettis’ at 3:30 for a few drinks then over to Heinz’s North Club Room for the event itself. We really had a lot of fun last year so let’s do it again. As always the first round or two is on me…
This is the official RSVP Link… (Although if you just show up I’m sure you won’t get turned away… but RSVP anyway)
So and again, The Pitt recruiting class of 2018’s Pitt National Letter Of Intent Day (NLOI) that will held be at Heinz Field with free parking in the Gold Lot. (You can RSVP through the link above).
I will be hosting a cocktail hour before the official start of the event. Meet me and other POV’ers at Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 between 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Possibly earlier depending how long my drive up from Maryland takes.
At around 5 o’clock we’ll mosey over to the North Club at Heinz Field to do the football coaching staff ‘meet and greet’ that Pitt puts on before the more formal 6:00 pm talks and PowerPoint shows by the position coaches talking about the kids from the 2018 recruiting class they will have under their care. That lasts about an hour or so then if we feel like it we can have another few back at Bettis’ Grille.
I’ll actually be staying overnight at the Renaissance Inn right there at Heinz so if anyone wants to keep painting the town blue and gold afterward I’m up for that also.
Plus, we may meet up with Inoke Breckterfield again – we are old friends and go way back to the Islands…
Later on I’ll throw up a poll to see who will make it – much like the Spring Game this is the only real Pitt football-related activity for fans for a long time so take advantage…
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