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Hometown Heroes wanted: Pitt coming up short with local recruits

Hometown Heroes wanted: Pitt coming up short with local recruits

By Ben Bobeck, Staff Writer

May 21, 2019

Many of Pitt’s great players have come through the WPIAL pipeline. Now, is Pitt struggling to win local stars to its football and basketball teams?

Time to panic about Pitt basketball recruiting?

Time to panic about Pitt basketball recruiting?

By Trent Leonard, Contributing Editor

May 15, 2019

Khadim Sy was the latest big man to spurn Pitt basketball, leaving many fans to wonder why the Panthers can’t seem to catch a break on the recruiting trail.

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt football nabs two 2020 recruits

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt football nabs two 2020 recruits

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019

Pitt football added a couple recruits to its class of 2020, while Capel's basketball club looks to round out its remaining scholarship offers for the 2019 season.

Recruiting roundup: Champagnie chooses Pitt

Recruiting roundup: Champagnie chooses Pitt

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019

With the men’s basketball season officially over and spring football in full swing, it’s time for some more recruiting news for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

Keeping up with Pitt’s recruiting trail

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019

The Pitt News teamed up with Pitt Recruiting to bring you all the recruiting information you need to know to keep up with Pitt Athletics.

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

Capel will prevail on recruiting trail

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018

When Jeff Capel was announced as Pitt’s 16th men’s basketball coach this offseason, his aptitude as a recruiter was highlighted as one of his biggest strengths — especially appealing for a Panther squad facing an uphill battle to rebuild after going winless in the ACC.

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 24, 2018

The Pitt men’s basketball team received its first verbal commitment of the 2018-2019 recruiting season today at noon when four-star recruit Trey McGowens announced his commitment to the Panthers via Twitter. McGowens, a senior 6-foot-3 guard at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., chose Pitt...

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

Pitt looks overseas for latest lineman

By Alex Lehmbeck | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018

Although a growing demographic, international college football players are hard to find. According to The Growth of a Game, a Belgian-based company connecting football advocates across Europe, only two active Division I college football players were born in Italy as of 2015. Incoming Pitt commit Haba...

Panthers pounce during early signing period

Panthers pounce during early signing period

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 26, 2017

The ink has dried on 16 letters of intent for Panther football so far, as new faces signed up to be sporting blue and gold at Heinz Field in 2018. The first early signing period in NCAA college football history — from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 — concluded Friday with 16 of 17 commits officially ...

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

Three-star cornerback Jason Pinnock commits to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 18, 2017

With only two weeks until National Signing Day, the Pitt football team added the 21st member to its 2017 recruiting class and continued to strengthen its defensive back depth in the process. Jason Pinnock, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from Windsor, Connecticut, gave his verbal commitment Tuesday to join ...

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

Meet the Panthers: Q&A with Jerry Drake Jr.

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 10, 2017

Pitt’s newest offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. doesn’t like the cold. Drake, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, could have easily stayed down south to play college ball in the warm, friendly confines of the Southeastern Conference. After all, he had scholarship...

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

There was a time when Pitt basketball could compile northeastern-focused recruiting classes. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers, that time has passed. For the majority of Dixon’s tenure as Pitt’s head basketball coach, becoming a regular season force and faltering in the postseason w...

Pitt adds 2016 basketball commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 16, 2015

While Pitt fans may have been disappointed by Sunday’s NIT selection for the men’s basketball team, an recruitment announcement helped ease that pain one day later. Head coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers will welcome Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound 2016 forward who announced his commitment ...

Dust in Pitt, PSU recruiting battle settles on National Signing Day

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

February 4, 2015

Another year, another National Signing Day in which Pennsylvania received little national attention. Maybe it’s the media’s way of punishing us non-Ohio State-loving northerners for our crazy notion that life exists outside of football.Locally, however, the brewing recruiting rivalry between Pitt a...

Linebacker flips commitment to Penn State on eve of signing day

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 3, 2015

Linebacker Kevin Givens will be sending in his National Letter of Intent today, as all high school football recruits will. But instead of sending it to Pitt as he’d planned for almost a year, Givens will now give his commitment to play for Penn State in the fall.The Altoona native, who committed to Pi...

Narduzzi, staff finishing recruiting season at a sprint

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2015

Since taking over the Pitt football program after the sudden departure of Paul Chryst, new head coach Pat Narduzzi has been busy on the recruiting trail. Narduzzi and his newly assembled staff have already received six commitments. Here is a rundown on the sextet of future Panthers.JAY STOCKER The firs...

Dixon lands 2015 center commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014

Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot-tall center from Pensacola State College (Fla.), committed to play for the Pitt basketball team on Sunday.Nix committed two days after visiting the school on Oct. 24 during the team’s Spike and Slam Madness, Pitt’s basketball season kick-off on Friday night. He was also conside...

Pitt recruiting rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehea...

Recruit rundown: Tipton scores in three different ways

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 20, 2014

Pitt’s newest commit, Jordan Whitehead, scored three touchdowns in three different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared last weekend. Jordan Whitehead (cornerback) ­— Central Valley High School, Pa.Central Valley remained undefeated at 8-0, defeating Hopewell 57-7. Whitehead s...

Recruit Rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014

Quadree Henderson was excellent this week, scoring touchdowns two different ways. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits performed. Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioAustintown Fitch beat Boardman 31-5. Hall accumulated 19 yards on 5 carries, though he left ...

Hall highlights weekly football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014

Pitt’s two running back commits, Darrin Hall and Sekai Lindsay, had standout efforts on the ground this weekend. Here’s how they and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 42-32 win over Do...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014

Nick Bowers and Tre Tipton faced off in a thrilling overtime battle on Friday, with Tipton putting together a record-setting performance. Here’s how he and the rest of Pitt’s commits fared in last week’s games.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School, OhioHall ran 10 times for 27 yards, as Aus...

Football recruit rundown

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014

Pitt football has 13 commits in its 2015 class. Here’s how they and their teams performed last week.Darrin Hall (running back) — Austintown Fitch High School , OhioOn the way to a 49-14 victory over Warren Harding, Hall ran 16 times for 160 yards and a 35-yard touchdown.Nick Bowers (tight end) — Kittanning Senior Hi...

Women’s Basketball: Recruit ineligible for upcoming season, won’t attend Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 11, 2014

Naje Gibson, a talented women’s basketball recruit, will not attend Pitt this year as she is academically ineligible, according to reports by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Karen Price of the Tribune-Review reported last night that Gibson, a 6-foot forward, will attend Florida Stat...

Men’s Basketball: Doorson reopens his recruitment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 25, 2014

In early March, it seemed as though Pitt men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon had the first Kobe-Shaq duo since the Los Angeles Lakers. It wasn’t to be.Kobe Eubanks, a highly rated shooting guard prospect from Florida, would commit to Baylor University over Pitt and other schools in March. The Pit...

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 24, 2014

When former Pitt men’s basketball assistant coach Barry Rohrssen parted ways with Jamie Dixon and Pitt’s staff for the University of Kentucky in April, he left a hole in Pitt’s bench that gaped wider every day.Nine weeks later, Dixon found the guy to fill the space left behind.Enter ex-UMass as...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Freshmen football players join the Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

Pitt football has finished the last two seasons with a combined record of 13-13, so why should fans be optimistic?Coach Paul Chryst’s steady improvement of the football program may not be obvious, but after examining his second recruiting class, it’s hard to ignore the depth the coach added this o...

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