With the addition yesterday of OL Justin Morgan, Pitt now has 16 verbal commitments for 2016.
I asked someone in the football program how many scholarships can be given out this year? That person told me, “It’s a fluid number. Hard to say. Lots of projections.”
With the announced transfers of Jamal Davis, Chris James and Pat Amara, 3 additional scholarships became available. I wouldn’t be surprised if the team lost another player or two in the next month.
With all that being said, my guess is that Pitt will use another 6-7 scholarships. Regardless of the number, Pitt doesn’t have an endless number kids that they can take. It’s to the point now where they have to start filling position needs/holes.
Over the last 3 years, here are the positions that have been filled with the 16 verbal commitments in 2016 and Pitt’s Recruiting Classes in 2015 & 2014.
QB- Thomas MacVittie, Ben DiNucci, Adam Bertke
RB- Chawntez Moss, Quadree Ollison, Darrin Hall
WR- Maurice Ffrench, Ruben Flowers, Quadree Henderon, Gentry Ivery, Tre Tipton, Rafael Araujo-Lopes, Elijah Zeise, Jaqauan Davidson
OL- Brandon Ford, Justin Morgan, Zack Williams, Tony Pilato, Alex Paulina, Alex Bookser, Mike Grimm, Brian O’Neil, Connor Hayes, Mike Herndon
TE- Chris Clark (transfer)
DE- Zack Gilbert. Patrick Jones, Allen Edwards, Dewayne Hendrix (transfer), Rori Blair, James Folston
DT- Bryce Hargrove, Rashad Wheeler, Connor Dintino, Shane Roy
LB- Chase Pine, Kaezon Pugh, Saleem Brightwell, Anthony McKee, Quintin Wirginis
S- Phil Campbell, Jay Stocker, Jordan Whitehead, Bricen Garner
CB- Therran Coleman, Malik Henderson, Dane Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Phillipie Motley
From the looks of that depth chart, which positions should Pitt pursue with their remaining scholarships? As I’ve said a few times over the last year, a scholarship offer doesn’t last forever (for most kids). Most times, it comes with an experation date.
Hubbard, Ohio RB George Hill
Coffeyville, Kansas WR Juwann Winfree
Florida CB Henry Miller
Here are kids some kids that Pitt has been recruiting over the last couple of months. Not 100% certain that they’re still pursuing some of them.
RB- Robert Washington, Miles Sanders, Elijah Deveaux
FB- Theo Anderson
WR- Juwann Winfree
TE- Jovani Haskins
DE- Quayshon Alexander, Desmond Chapple, Andre Mintze
DT- Amir Watts, Keyshon Camp, Aaron Thompson
LB- Khaleke Hudson, Elias Reynolds
CB- Henry Miller, Damar Hamlin
Athletes- George Hill, Aaron Mathews
Of this group, the only 2 kids that I’m confident Pitt will get are Winfree and Miller.