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UPDATE (10:39 PM)-

**Pittsburgh Sports Now was the first place to tell you about Pitt’s Josh Conklin visiting 4-star RB A.J. Davis, an elite recruit. In my opinion, this was the biggest story/development of day one of Pitt’s post-regular season recruiting. Tonight, Conklin was back with Davis. It’s early but Davis could be a game-changing recruit for Pitt’s Class of 2017.

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**Broyles Award finalist  Matt Canada is visiting 2017 commit Kenny Pickett tonight.

Photo courtesy of Kenny Pickett

Photo courtesy of Kenny Pickett

UPDATE (7:18 PM)-

**Alabama 3-star linebacker and Pitt commit Cam Bright tells me that he’ll make his official visit to Pitt o n January 13-15.

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UPDATE (4:41 PM) by Alan Saunders-

Damarri Mathis, a 3-star cornerback from Lakeland, Florida that defensive coordinator Josh Conklin was visiting today, announced on Twitter that he is decommitting from South Carolina. Mathis is a 2017 prospect.

UPDATE (3:46 PM)-

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin was a busy man in Florida today. He’s visited a handful of  prospects including 2017 Lakeland, Florida linebacker AJ Deshazor, who’s a 247 Sports 3-star recruit. Deshazor holds offers from Pitt, Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, LSU, and Vanderbilt

UPDATE  (2:35 PM )-

Pitt extends an offer to Florida 2018 4-star safety Gurvan Hall (6-1, 185) who also holds offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL) and West Virginia

UPDATE (2:10PM)-

**Just confirmed that Pat Narduzzi was just in Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) to check in with Nunzio Campanile, who’s the head coach of four future D-1 prospects: Antonio Alfano (2019 DL, 4-star), Johnny Langan (2018), Josh McKenzie (2019) and Rahmir Johnson (2019). Coach Narduzzi cannot speak to them personally, but he’s making his presence known.

UPDATE (12:53 PM)-

**Just confirmed that Florida 2017 DE Deslin Alexandre, who’s a verbal commit to NC State, will meet with Pat Narduzzi and Tim Salem on Wednesday.

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**While at Lakeland HS today, Josh Conklin will talk with a very highly recruited running back. 247 Sports 4-star back AJ Davis, who holds an offer from Pitt, will meet with Conklin. Davis has 30+ offers including  ones from Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville, Ohio State, LSU, Florida State, and Oklahoma, among others. We’ll attempt to speak with Davis later today.

UPDATE (10:29 AM)-

**247 Sports 3-star Florida  WR DJ Edwards messaged me and said that Pitt will be visiting him tomorrow. I haven’t confirmed which coach is stopping by. If you’re a Pitt fan, he’s a player to keep your eye on.

UPDATE (9:29 AM)-

**Pitt’s quest to improve their secondary continues today as DC Josh Conklin will be in Florida talking with a cornerback prospect. I’m told that Conklin I’ll be at Lakeland HS (Florida) to visit cornerback Damarri Mathis, who holds an offer from 20+ schools but is currently committed to South Carolina. 247 Sports rates Mathis as a 3-star prospect.

UPDATE (8:36 AM)-

**The Pitt coaching staff will be making a visit to one of their biggest targets. I’ve confirmed that Coach Powell will be in Maryland tomorrow visiting 4-star linebacker Nathan Proctor. Aside from Clairton’s Lamont Wade, Proctor is possibly Pitt’s biggest remaining target.

Photo courtesy of Nathan Proctor

Photo courtesy of Nathan Proctor

UPDATE (8:32 AM)-

**I’ve learned of an interesting visit scheduled for later this week. I’m told that Coach Sims will be in Philadelphia on Thursday to have a home visit with DE Emil Moody. The interesting thing about this is that Moody is already committed to Temple. Moody (6-5, 210) is a big-time athlete that plays defensive end and tight end in high school. Currently, Moody doesn’t have an offer from Pitt but that could change on Thursday.

UPDATE (8:11 AM)-

**Coach Pat Narduzzi is on the road will be in New Jersey this morning. I’m told that Narduzzi and Coach Peterson will be visiting current Pitt recruit Owen Drexel.

**Speaking of New Jersey, OC Matt Canada will be there to visit 2017 Pitt commitment quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Kenny Pickett (Photo credit: PSN)

Kenny Pickett (Photo credit: PSN)

UPDATE (8:00 AM)-

**Pitt wide receiver commit Darian Street says that on Thursday Coach Sherman is scheduled to stop by his school.

UPDATE (7:50 AM)-

**A player that Pitt recently offered will get a visit this week. 3-star defensive end Zion DeBose from Spencer, North Carolina will get a visit from defensive line coach Thomas Sims. Pitt has a lot of offers out to defensive ends right now, so tracking these visits is important.

Photo courtesy of Zion DeRose

Photo courtesy of Zion DeRose

**Speaking of defensive ends, on Wednesday, Coach Powell will be in Washington DC to visit 3-star St. John’s High School (Washington, D.C.) DE Kofi Wardlow, who holds offers from Pitt, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

Photo courtesy of Kofi Wardlow

Photo courtesy of Kofi Wardlow

UPDATE (7:30 PM)-

**Current Pitt recruit Upper St. Clair offensive lineman Gabe Houy will be visited on Wednesday by Coach Peterson.

**Another current Pitt commitment will get a visit on Wednesday. Ohio linebacker Kyle Nunn will get visited by his future position coach Rob Harley.

**Pitt wide receiver commitment Dontavius Butler tells me that on Tuesday Coach Salem and Coach Narduzzi will be in Florida to visit him.

**Ohio defensive end and Pitt commit Carson Van Lynn messaged me and said that Coach Peterson will be coming to his house on Thursday.

UPDATE (7:23 AM)-

**I spoke with Georgia wide receiver Connor Heyward last night who told me that Coach Sherman will be visiting him today. Heyward also told me that he’s narrowed his list of schools but doesn’t want to make it public. He also says there’s a possibility he’ll make his decision in December.

Connor Heyward at Pitt, photo courtesy of Connor Heyward

Connor Heyward at Pitt, photo courtesy of Connor Heyward

The Pitt recruiting season is officially in full gear. Now that the regular season is over with, the entire coaching staff will spend the next couple of weeks visiting prospective recruits and also players that have already given them a commitment.

We hope you stay with us during this next few months as recruiting season is in full gear because Pittsburgh Sports Now will have you covered with continuous Pitt recruiting news.

So where will the Pitt coaches be the next couple of weeks?

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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