When you host a top ranked team, it’s usually an opportunity for your program to host highly regarded recruits.
That will be the case for Pitt as they’ll host Pitt and also a number of important recruits. The Panthers program will entertain a number of sophomores, juniors and senior players.
Raines and Beck are likely the top two remaining targets on Pitt’s recruiting board. Due to the heavy competition, landing those players won’t be an easy task for Pitt.
Of the two, I believe Pitt has a better chance of landing Raines than Beck. While we believe Beck is down to Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, hometown Virginia Tech is going to be difficult to beat. Last weekend, the star running back visited North Carolina so this weekend Pitt will do its best to make an impression with Beck.
I’m told from an unnamed source in Virginia that when the Hokies want a player from Virginia it’s very hard for another program to land them.
This morning, Beck talked to PSN about what he’s looking forward to this weekend.
“Really just looking forward so seeing the game day activities of the team/coaches and the atmosphere at Heinz Field. Also, just spending more face to face time with the staff. We communicate a lot, but in person is always better,” said Beck.
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— Cole Beck (@ColetonBeck) September 10, 2017
As far as Raines goes, last weekend he was in State College for the Pitt-Penn State game. I’m told that as of now, he doesn’t have an visits planned for the near future.
Pat Narduzzi and his staff will have help in recruiting Raines, Beck and other recruits this weekend. PSN has confirmed that current 2018 Pitt commitments Jake Kradel, Blake Zubovic, John Morgan, Noah Palmer, Devin Danielson and Judson Tallandier will all be coming to Pittsburgh .
One of those recruits told me this morning that, “oh yeah, we’re definitely going to persuade them to join the squad.”
Raines and Beck are the only two 2018 recruits visiting this weekend that hold an offer from Pitt.
Two 2019 players with offers that plan on visiting Saturday are Norwin safety Jayvon Thrift and Ohio running back John Branham, who received an offer from Pitt this week. Thrift is a major junior priority.
“I’m excited to see the guys play. I couldn’t make it to the past game so I’m excited for Saturday,” said Thrift.
Two other junior visitors that could receive an offer are Aliquippa cornerback Marlin Devonshire and Central Catholic safety Corey Thomas. Both are players will be generating major Power Five attention over the next two years.
We’ve also confirmed that Peters Twp defensive lineman Logan Clark and Freedom linebacker Cody Ross will also be at Heinz Field. Clark tells me that he’s been in contact lately with Pitt defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.
One junior that just confirmed to PSN is Shady Side Academy cornerback/wide receiver Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. As this Huddle video shows, Tomlin has big-time talent.
One sophomore that we’ve confirmed as a visitor is 2020 Michigan athlete Enzo Jennings from Oak Park, Michigan.