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Weekend Pitt / WPIAL Notes

This weekend, we’ll update this thread with Pitt/WPIAL recruiting notes plus news and notes from Pitt’s weekend practices.

FRIDAY

** First off, let’s start off with news on a big local recruit. Aliquippa 2018 Kwantel Raines picked up an offer this afternoon from Virginia Tech. Last time I talked with Raines, he told me that he’s nowhere near making a college decision.

** University Prep athlete Kenny Robinson told Scout.com that his two top schools right now are West Virginia and Iowa State, primarily because of how hard they’re recruiting him. Robinson told Scout that he’ll be making an official visit to Iowa State on September 24th and that he’d like to make a final decision by the end of September.

Now some news and notes from Pitt practice.
— The team will hold a scrimmage tomorrow morning which is closed to the media. This morning, HC Pat Narduzzi announced that Alex Bookser will start at C and also said that Alex Officer will also get some reps.

— Who’s going to be Nate Peterman’s backup this year? Narduzzi said that Manny Stocker and Ben DiNucci are “neck and neck.”

Ben Dinucci (3) (Photo credit: David Hague)

Ben Dinucci (3) (Photo credit: David Hague)

— Want a freshman that is making an early impression? Narduzzi says that Clairton WR Aaron Mathews will be an option as a deep threat in the Panthers offense and that on the field, Mathews is a “physical specimen.”

Aaron Mathews during the first practice of the season (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Aaron Mathews during the first practice of the season (Photo credit: David Hague)

— A “Little Panther” is also telling me that these players have caught the eye of the coaching staff this first week- Bricen Garner, Kazeon Pugh, Thomas MacVittie (coaches think he’s going to be really good), Keyson Camp and Chawntez Moss (he might be used more this year than everyone thinks).

Thomas MacVittie works on his footwork during the first practice of the season (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Thomas MacVittie works on his footwork during the first practice of the season (Photo credit: David Hague)

UPDATE (3:45 PM)-
** Terrible news for a local product. West Virginia safety and Aliquippa native Dravon Henry will miss the entire 2016 season with a torn ACL  in his left knee. Henry has made 26 career starts for West Virginia and was going to be their top returning starter. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

UPDATE (4:58 PM)-
** 4-star recruit TyJuan Garbutt just messaged me and said that he’ll be coming to town for the Pitt/Penn State game on September 10th. Garbutt, who’s one of the top defensive ends in the country, has been a target of Pat Narduzzi and Rob Harley since last year, as Pitt was the first school to offer him.

UPDATE (7:45 PM)-
** A highly recruited player that Pitt is after apparently won’t play this season. Mike Dyer from WCPO.com is reporting that Ohio OL Thayer Munford has been ruled ineligible this season due to a transfer rule. Munford went from LaSalle HS to powerhouse Massillon but reportedly won’t even play a down for them. Pitt is believed to be one of the leaders for Munford, who holds offers from Alabama and Penn State.

SATURDAY

UPDATE (11:20 AM)-

** Just received word that Clairton cornerback Lamont Wade is at the Pitt facility and watching the Pitt scrimmage. This is the 2nd time this week Wade has been at Pitt. Does this mean, Wade is coming to Pitt? No. But it certainly isn’t a bad thing to be around the coaches and players this much.

UPDATE (1:56 PM)-

** As I’ve mentioned a few times over the last few months, the Pitt coaching staff is searching for a tight end and this afternoon they’ve offered another prospect.

Grant Carrigan (6-7, 235) from Pine-Richland HS has earned an offer from Pitt. This is Carrigan’s 2nd Power 5 offer, last week Wake Forest offered. Carrigan has visited Pitt numerous times and has been waiting for this offer. His family also has history with the Pitt program as his father is a former Pitt basketball player. I hope to talk with Carrigan later this afternoon for his reaction to the offer.

UPDATE (2:37 PM)-

** Pitt offers another tight end today. Neshannock TE Tyler Sears, who’s already committed to Temple, was offered by Pitt. I’ll be talking with Sears shortly.

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