Carmody Visits Pitt

Western Pennsylvania doesn’t produce a ton of Division One talent and when they do, Pitt needs to at least be a serious consideration for him. Mars 2018 SG Robby Carmody is one of the top 100 players in the entire country and prior to Kevin Stallings arriving, Pitt didn’t have a chance with him. That’s not the case now.

This elite prospect from Mars just finished up a visit to “The Pete” with Stallings and his staff. After talking with Carmody, you get the feel that Pitt at least has a chance.

Photo Courtesy- Rob Carmody
Photo courtesy of Rob Carmody

“We went today to meet all the staff.  We’ve been there and have seen everything from all of our other trips but today it was nice to visit the entire staff. If was nice, they were all great guys,” said Carmody.

It’s not secret that Pitt’s trying to make up some ground with Carmody and the staff tried to work on that today.

“They talked about Coach Stallings and how he’s a players coach. Also, that he doesn’t run many sets and let’s his players have freedom on the court which definitely fits my style really well,” said Carmody.

“We (Coach Stallings) talked a lot and you can tell that he really wants to bring this program back to where it was when they were in the Big East. He thinks they have the potential to be at the top of the ACC every year. Hiring him really changed my perspective of Pitt basketball.”

Photo Courtesy- Rob Carmody
Photo courtesy of Rob Carmody

“Coach Dixon did a great job but he definitely had some trouble going from the Big East to the ACC. I think Coach Stallings will turn that around.”

Finally, I asked Carmody if he would’ve considered Pitt with their old style of play and what’s his timeline for deciding?

“I don’t think I would’ve been a good fit in Coach Dixon’s system. Coach Stallings runs a system I could see myself playing in,” said Carmody.

“I don’t have any favorite teams right now. I would like to make a decision by my senior year just so I don’t have to worry about it during the season.”

“Pitt has a chance.”

Monday Camp Sights and Sounds

We’re back at Pitt’s training camp on the Southside for the start of week 3. Here are some sights and sounds from today’s first practice, as well as Pat Narduzzi’s pre-camp media session.

Pitt Training Camp, 8/22/2016 (Photo credit: Alan Saunders)
Pitt Training Camp, 8/22/2016 (Photo credit: Alan Saunders)
Pitt Training Camp, 8/22/2016 (Photo credit: Alan Saunders)
Pitt Training Camp, 8/22/2016 (Photo credit: Alan Saunders)

Pat Narduzzi on the depth chart, the weekend’s scrimmage, and who’s impressed him so far.

A playlist of drills from today’s camp.

Linebackers coach Rob Harley after practice.

Pitt wide receiever Jester Weah after practice.

Pitt SS Jordan Whitehead after practice.

The Pitt Week in Review (Aug 15-21)

We’re a little late with this week’s “Pitt Week in Review,” but nevertheless here’s all of our work from the past week (which was a lot) plus bits and pieces from the other outlets across the nation.

A special shout out to all our readers, Thursday was our best day in over six months.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Monday Pitt Notes

I asked this question on Twitter last night and I’ll ask it again. If you plan on attending one of our first two Pitt football Watch Parties at Cupka’s on the South Side, send us a direct message on Twitter (@PghSportsNow) or leave a comment here to let us know. We are hoping for a big turnout and would love to personally meet you and talk and watch Pitt football.

** Kevin Stallings and the Panthers hosted New Jersey guard Matt Turner this weekend and offered him a scholarship. A player that already holds an offer from Pitt will be visiting soon. 2017 SF Aaron Wheeler (6-7, 180) from St. Andrews (Barrington, Rhode Island) tells me that he plans on visiting Pitt in mid September. Wheeler will make the trip once he arrives at school (September 9th).

UPDATE (5:23 AM)-

** Has Beaver Falls DT Donovan Jeter set a decision date? Assuming he’s not playing a “trick” on everyone, Jeter tweeted out this morning that he plans on committing on Halloween. Pat Narduzzi believes this tweet is legit because a little after 5 AM, he retweeted it.

UPDATE (12:05 PM)-

**Another player that Pitt would like to land has announced a commitment date. Philadelphia CB Kenny Bennett announced that he’ll be making his college decision on November 9th.  Pitt is a finalist along with Maryland and Temple.

UPDATE (12:40 PM)-

**Another impressive recruit visiting Duquesne today. Moments ago,  3-star SG Anthony Mack (Blairstown, New Jersey) confirmed to me that he was about to start an unofficial visit to Duquesne. Mack (6-5, 215) holds offers from Duquesne, Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Memphis, St. Louis, Niagra and Vermont.  We’ll talk with Mack following his visit.

UPDATE (3:21 PM)-

**Congragulations to Penn Hills 2018 WR Julian Major for picking up an offer today from Paul Chryst and Wisconsin.

UPDATE (6:09 PM) by Alan Saunders-

**Pitt guard Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon) earned another preseason accolade today, as he was named to ESPN’s preseason All-America team.

He’s one of six representatives of the ACC selected to the squad.

What Is Pitt’s Depth Chart?

With two weeks of training camp in the books, the Pitt football team only has one more week before it has to start preparing for the season opener on September 3rd vs. Villanova. Pat Narduzzi and his staff have to slowly start changing their mindset from camp evaluation to working on a specific game plan.

At the start of camp, some of the questions were: who would start at running back, who’d take Tyler Boyd’s spot, would Damar Hamlin earn a starting spot, would any of the young linebackers earn playing time? Most of these pre-camp questions have been answered.

As we stand 12 days away from the opener, here’s my take on where things stand with the Pitt depth chart.

OFFENSE

LT- Adam Bisnowaty

LG- Dorian Johnson

C- Alex Bookser

RG- ??

RT- Brian O’Neil

WR-  Dontez Ford,  Tre Tipton, Aaron Mathews

WR- Quadree Henderson, Jester Weah, Rafael Araujo-Lopes

RB- James Conner, Chawntez Moss/Darrin Hall, Qadree Ollison, Rachib Ibrahim

QB- Nate Peterman, Manny Stocker, Ben DiNucci, Thomas MacVittie (redshirt)

DEFENSE

DE- Ejaun Price, James Folston

DT- Shakir Soto, Amir Watts, Rashad Wheeler

NT- Tyrique Jarrett, Keyshon Camp

DE- Dewayne Hendrix or Allen Edwards, Rori Blair

Star LB-  Elijah Zeise, Seun Idowu or Anthony McKee

Mike LB- Matt Galambos, Quinton Wirginis

Money LB- Mike Caprera, Bam Bradley,  Saleem Brightwell

CB- Avonte Maddox, Therran Coleman, Malik Henderson

SS- Jordan Whitehead, Dennis Briggs

FS- Reggie Mitchell or Terrish Webb, Bricen Garner

CB- Damar Hamlin, Ryan Lewis, Dane Jackson

This is not set in stone but that’s my guess as to how the Pitt depth chart currently stands with 12 days to the opener.

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