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Thursday Pitt Recruiting Notes

Lots of interesting things developing today in the world of Pitt football:

*Now that the regular season is over with, it’s not unusual to have players looking to transfer.  That’s especially true after the first year with a new head coach.

Earlier today, long-time Pitt recruiting Insider Harry Psaros tweeted this out: ” Have been informed that LB Jamal Davis cleaned out his locker & appears to be transferring.”

Davis is a redshirt freshman linebacker that was recruited by the Paul Chryst staff. Davis didn’t get much playing time this season and probably didn’t figure into the depth chart in 2016.

*Another note concerning the current Pitt roster.  During his media gathering today,  Pat Narduzzi mentioned that the topic of QB Chad Voytik possibly being a graduate transfer has come up. Considering Nate Peterman will return in 2016, this isn’t very surprising. Back in 2014, Voytik showed that he can be a starting D-1 quarterback, so I’d expect him to look to do that at another school next year.

*Pitt extended a scholarship offer to a HIGHLY rated 2017 recruit.  Zachary Carter is a 4-star player from Tampa Bay, Florida and is already ranked one of the top 10 defensive ends in the Class of 2017.  As you’d imagine, Carter has scholarship offers from every major school in the country.

*Pitt coaches are still recruiting and working on their relationship with kids that have already committed.  Offensive line coach John Peterson was in Ohio this afternoon visiting with Bryce Hargrove.

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*The Pitt basketball team also extended a scholarship offer today. Jamie Dixon offered Jordy Tshimanga (6-10, 232) from Springfield, Mass.  Tshimanga is a Rivals 3-star prospect and considered to have  a lot of potential.

UPDATE  (10:04 PM)-
**Starting tomorrow, Pitt will host recruits on official visits.  Tonight, a couple recruits told me when they’ll be arriving in town.  WR Juwann Winfree says he’ll arrive in Pgh “tomorrow early afternoon”, while OL Zack Williams will arrive in town tomorrow at Noon.

UPDATE (10:20 PM):
**Pitt is in a battle with Rutgers for the top safety prospect in the state of New Jersey. Phil Campbell is a player the Pitt coaches want really bad. Currently, he’s committed to Rutgers but that’s up in the air because of the coaching change. Today, he was visited in his home by new Rutgers coach Chris Ash.  Yesterday, it was Pitt’s duo of Tim Salem and CB coach Renaldo Hill.  Campbell will get to spend a lot more time with the Pitt coaches this weekend as he makes his official visit to Pitt. Campbell told Scout.com that Pitt is selling him on the opportunity to play on offense, defense and special teams.

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