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2024 4-Star Central Catholic LB Anthony Speca Commits to Penn State

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While it always appeared as if Pitt was just a step or two behind when it came to Anthony Speca, recent visits and developments had left fans hopeful.

It would have been important for Speca, a 2024 four-star linebacker from Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh, to make it out to the campus either this weekend or next, but that isn’t going to happen now. It appears Pitt was indeed a step behind.

Speca committed to Penn State Tuesday morning, announcing his decision following a visit to State College last weekend.

“First off, I’d like to thank my family. Thank you guys for the endless support and love you’ve shown me. You guys are my rock and the reason why I’m in this position. Secondly, I’d like to thank my coaches. From youth to high school, thank you for the time you took out of your days to help me grow as a football player. Lastly, I’d like to thank God, absolutely none of this could’ve been done without you’re love and guidance.”

It’s a disappointing, if not unexpected, blow that a self-proclaimed Pitt fan would pick Penn State over Pitt. But with Local Junior Day this weekend and Junior Day next weekend, it’s a big weekend of recruiting coming up.

It’s onto the next for Pitt’s recruiting staff. Pitt did land three linebackers in the class of 2023, which includes Jordan Bass, Braylan Lovelace and Rasheem Biles.

247Sports rates Speca as the 328th-ranked recruit in the class (23rd-ranked linebacker and fifth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while Rivals rates him as the 186th-ranked recruit in the class (ninth-ranked inside linebacker and the sixth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania).

Pitt currently holds verbal commitments from four-star wide receive DayDay Farmer (Cocoa, Florida) and four-star defensive tackle Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago

Just like I stated yesterday….Speca knows LBU…Carter, Rojas and Speca, oh boy here comes the Natty!
I think PSU sign in background should say “The best in PA go to PSU”
Welcome home Mr. Speca, Manny Diaz has some great plans for you
Unrivaled
107k
LBU

Joe
Joe
10 days ago

That LBU now stands for Lags Behind Universities of Michigan, OSU and MSU.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Not sure if that’s the case. I’ll ask Mr. Speca to see what he says..
Linebacker U
Unrivaled

Greg Tombasco
Greg Tombasco
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe

That lbu stands for little boy University as in little Pitt🤣🤣

Palko>Flacco
Palko>Flacco
10 days ago
Reply to  Greg Tombasco

Little boy? sheesh

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  Greg Tombasco

are you typing your own laughing emoji’s? Now that’s funny.

Tim
Tim
9 days ago
Reply to  Joe

🤣👍

Giovanni
Giovanni
9 days ago

As has been typical for local star recruits, Speca will eventually figure out State Penn false promises and transfer to Pitt.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Yes, Miles Sanders rushed back to play in front of 20k. You get the cast offs, the ones who have MAC/acc talent who come back. Some can’t hang in the SEC or BigTen (big boy football) so Davis, McMillon, Petrishen will come back.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago

Obviously a smart kid from a great family. He knows the value of Penn State’s education and playing in the BigTen in front of 107k fans every week. He

will be a tackling machine in the beautiful white home uni’s

Unrivaled

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago

You may have the Big 10 part. But education? Not so sure that’s true anymore.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

Oh it’s true…just ask the Speca family

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago

what?

Jane
Jane
10 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

You win in recruiting… and lose on the field.. really wasn’t a fit at Pitt you’re right he’s a big 10 linebacker first time you ever said anything that was actually right… you’re still🤡

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Jane

How many wins did pitt have this year? PSU?
And yes, he’s a middle linebacker in the Big Ten, real physical football….the big leagues

sousesider
sousesider
9 days ago

so pitt was ranked at 13 at the end of 21 and state was……..

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  sousesider

haha, going back to 21? Penn State was unranked. I can play that game as well. What was pitt ranked from 2019-2016? How about PSU? I’ll wait.

PittFanDeez
PittFanDeez
9 days ago
Reply to  Jane

Speca is a fit at any school in the country. Just because he committed to a team Pitt fans don’t like doesn’t change this fact.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  PittFanDeez

Now Dez knows football and isn’t blinded with fanboy posts. Good job Dez, we will get through to people eventually (maybe not Jane, she seems lost)!

Last edited 9 days ago by On Campus Stadium Please
PittFanDeez
PittFanDeez
9 days ago

Thanks, OnCampus. If I see a take that’s far out there- and both fan bases provide them- I like to call it out.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  PittFanDeez

as you should

Giovanni
Giovanni
9 days ago

Pitt: 9-National Championships
State Penn: 2

Says it all.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Now count championships after WWII.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago

#patsignal…..oops, nevermind

Columbus Panther
Columbus Panther
10 days ago

I know you just come to razz Pitt fans a little and quite honestly it’s funny to see at times, but your constant belittling of Pitt ON a Pitt fan site is a little excessive. Penn State is doing good things and should be celebrated by their fans, but putting down Pitt to make PSU sound better is unnecessary and defeats the purpose.

Palko>Flacco
Palko>Flacco
10 days ago

his life seems really meaningful and fulfilled, it’s actually really sad seeing this person comment on every Pitt related article.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  Palko>Flacco

I’m living my best life yolo!!!!!! What is sadder, me commenting or you replying? Hmmmmm

Tim
Tim
9 days ago

I think you’re hilarious. I look forward to your posts. You’re like the perfect example of a troll. Text book. My concern? My responses to you might end up next to the kiddie porn many PSU fans apparently tolerate. You’re a fun guy tho. My guess? Pencil neck. Never played ball. And didn’t get accepted in Oakland.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Won’t dignify your first point. Any abuse, especially kids is abhorrent.
Aw I shrug a VW bus, no pencil neck.
Played “ball” at a D1 school. I’d never set foot in Oakland, especially after the sun goes down
I do thank you for being a fan and finding my posts hilarious. We both are doing our part (me a bit more) in getting record engagement for these columns. Kudos to us, and of course H2P!!!!!

sousesider
sousesider
9 days ago

I agree with Tim that your post do add flavor to this site, I do wish you would come with more give and take facts than the nah nah nah nah nah stuff…but all in all I acknowledge your strength to giving as well as taking. (and that you are a weinerhead:)

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  sousesider

I try to provide a fair and balanced discussion with facts, but typically the pitt fans just respond with “ped state” or state penn”. It’s comedy gold I know….I can take any criticisms, words don’t hurt me. Weinerhead might be the most mellow putdown I’ve gotten here. I can see you were raised with class, parents were probably PSU grads.

Ed Rose
Ed Rose
10 days ago

Well put. It makes no sense. He does not realize that PSU football will not pay his bills or bury him when he dies. Worshipping false idols gets you nowhere. It is to the point now I do not even read the comments anymore because it has gotten ridiculous.

Columbus Panther
Columbus Panther
10 days ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

Agreed on the not reading comments part. I come to the site for info and insights. The comments are an added pleasure. I used to do Cardiac Hill prior to its demise. There were a few PSU haters on there, but even they made it fun banter. “On Campus” is making it unenjoyable and not because of the negativity. Only because it’s childish.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

Oh Ed, you know you read my comments. Certainly I don’t need anyone to pay my bills or bury me when I die, I’m financially rich for generations. If pitt wants to pay my bills and bury me maybe I’ll become their #1 fan (only if they bury me in a pitt panther coffin)
#h2p, even in the afterlife!!!

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago

I appreciate you getting the humor. It’s all it is. I have no ill will towards pitt but if everyone here is so sensitive. It’s easy to get responses. If you are in Columbus, OSU fans are the worst.

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago

imagine a Pitt fan posting on Black Shoe Diaries… just saying.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us, only sky

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago

you’re not even trying anymore.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

yet you respond……

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

Can’t always hit it out of the park. Don’t worry, I’m tough like an Ampipe linebacker. I’ll get back up and keep posting for the people. Can’t disappoint all the pitt fans that follow me here.

PittBand
PittBand
10 days ago

53-years ago, I committed to PS, next day received my acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh. Sent a note “Joe keep the $50. And before you extoll the virtues of a PS education, I wasn’t accepted to the Pitt Graduate School of Business on my first attempt. Dean of the PS Graduate Business School sent me a personal letter asking me to apply. Sorry troll, you grow better grass, cows and produce a better ice cream, oh that’s right we do none of those.But the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Business and Engineering are found wanting when compared to my Alma… Read more »

Jane
Jane
10 days ago
Reply to  PittBand

They have basket weaving and BS degree .. they’re all about💰💰

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  PittBand

cool story bro….did you get a band scholarship? And you didn’t get accepted to Penn State

Pittband
Pittband
9 days ago

Don’t read very well doesn’t speak highly of your education. Didn’t apply to your business school. Katz got my money. Oh, and with respect to a band scholarship, Pitt doesn’t have a music school. Two thirds of the band are tech students, myself a chemical engineer. So stuff your superiority complex, PS’s just a wannabe school no matter what the US News and World Report claims. You do host a nice arts and crafts festival every July but Ann Arbor hosts a better one.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Pittband

WHAT, NO MUSIC SHCOOL!!!!!!! I know pitt was culturally devoid but this takes the cake.
If Ann Arbor has a rocking arts and crafts festival I’ll have to skip Penn State and head there next time. Wanna car pool, let’s do our part to save the Earth.

PittBand
PittBand
10 days ago

Fellow Central Catholic alum Petrusan is whispering in his ear “take the money for a year, you can always come home”.

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago
Reply to  PittBand

sometimes people just don’t want to stay home when they go to college. I didn’t. I don’t know why people think it’s a given that we should get WPIAL recruits.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
10 days ago
Reply to  PittBand

Who is Petrusan? Is that the kid who wasn’t good enough to crack the 2 deep so he had to drop down a level in competition? If so, you should learn to spell his last name right? Maybe just light headed from band practice?

kmp30
kmp30
10 days ago

yeah, when you start picking on spelling you are definitely losing steam. nice post. some of your other stuff is actually witty.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  kmp30

Meh, I agree. Not one of my best but it pains me to hear Johnny Footballs last name massacred like that. Special teamers need respect too!

Rob
Rob
10 days ago

Don’t wprry. Give him three years and he will be portaling back to Pitt.

Last edited 10 days ago by Rob
Jane
Jane
10 days ago
Reply to  Rob

He’s really not a fit … He’s a run stopping middle linebacker.. They throw the football in the ACC

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Jane

Oh Jane, you try so hard. If not a fit, why offer?

Jane
Jane
9 days ago

Didn’t say his no good.. just a better fit for Big 10.. still a 🤡

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Jane

sure he’s not a fit because no team needs an extra 4* linebacker (especially a local kid)

Jane
Jane
10 days ago

Not a big deal… but no way is he a big pitt fan … I call bullshit

Pap76
9 days ago

OCSP…You truly have no life…sure I dislike Pedo St…but to spend this much time on a message board 1st as a troll and now a confirmed Nitter, to take shots at a school your school may never even play again…pretty pathetic bro

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Pap76

yet here you are responding. Thanks for the follow.
P.S., I have a wonderful life, and what gave me away that I’m a PSU fan? Thought I was being subtle, good job Sherlock.

Jane
Jane
9 days ago
Reply to  Pap76

Take the 🤡 for what he is!

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Jane

also take people who use emoji’s for what they are…..

Pap76
9 days ago

OCSP…Pitt may not draw 107K…but Pittsburgh has 3 professional teams, culture, landmarks…I worked with a girl years ago who was a PSU grad and we’d take friendly jabs at each other( she wasn’t obnoxious like yourself) but the thing she bragged the most about was a freaking ice cream shop dude…yeah unrivaled 🤔👍

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  Pap76

As long as you have culture and landmarks then you win I guess. What’s the landmark in Oakland? Needles, chalk marks, empty fireball nips, shell casings?
Question, you use “dude” and “bro”. Do you surf? Maybe we can catch a wave on the Monongahela some morning?

Wlat 910 Radio and the Big Beat!
Wlat 910 Radio and the Big Beat!
9 days ago

You are a pedo state troll go back under the rock you crawled out from

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago

Ok, since you told me to…..on second thought, no thanks.
duzz knew

Jane
Jane
9 days ago

🤡 You have a cow pasture has a parking lot

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Jane

those fields are tailgating heaven, but you wouldn’t know about tailgating in Oakland unless it’s 40’s and crack pipes

cdouble92
cdouble92
9 days ago

The funny part is we did not recruit him lol already have a 4 star linebacker coming in who is better! Bass is faster and more athletic.. But the child rapist in here trying to stir the pot, ignore that clown, they will lose the same games they lose every year….

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
9 days ago
Reply to  cdouble92

so I’ve called my lawyer and you will be hearing from Lionel Hutz esq. I’m certainly NOT a rapist of anyone ever. We lost 2 games last year (and won 11). Is that good? What did shi*t do for a record last year?
Are you willing to be hooked up to a lie detector and state that sh*tt didn’t recruit the great Mr. Speca?

Rooster
Rooster
9 days ago

When you go to PennState or elsewhere you forfeit being ” a Pittsburgh Guy”

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago
Reply to  Rooster

what if they transfer home like davis and mcmillon? Do they get their titles back?

Cignetti & Friends
Cignetti & Friends
9 days ago

A truly misguided fellow Viking….I’m gonna have to call him and set him straight.
Vikings don’t go to Creepy Valley.

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