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Dave Wannstedt Announces 2007 Recruiting Class

Dave Wannstedt

Dave Wannstedt

Feb. 7, 2007

    PITTSBURGH-For the second consecutive year, Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt and his staff have signed a recruiting class considered to be among the nation's finest.

 

    Wannstedt officially welcomed Pitt's 2007 class today by receiving National Letters of Intent from 25 players. The Panthers are enjoying their strongest back-to-back recruiting years since the late 1980s. Last year's class ranked among the country's top 15 and the 2007 edition figures to gain similar recognition.

 

    "Today was a very satisfying conclusion to our recruiting efforts of the past 12 months," Wannstedt said. "Our staff worked very diligently during the past year to sign a class that not only met our needs as a team, but also met our high standards as a program and university. We believe we have signed an exceptional group of young men who will help this program be successful both on and off the field."


 

 

 

    Pitt signed some highly accomplished players from six different states. The Panthers' Class of 2007 includes:

 

·   Sixteen players from Pennsylvania, including 12 who earned all-state recognition during their prep careers. The Panthers signed five players from the WPIAL (defensive lineman Myles Caragein, defensive back and WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year Dom DeCicco, defensive lineman Justin Hargrove, offensive lineman Chris Jacobson and linebacker Brandon Lindsey) and one City League product (receiver Aundre Wright, who attended New York's Milford Academy last year).

 

·   The Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year in quarterback Pat Bostick.

 

·   The Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year in fullback Henry Hynoski.

 

·   One of the nation's most coveted prep school prospects in running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy, who spent this season at New York's Milford Academy, was the Pennsylvania Class AAAA Player of the Year as a junior at Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt in 2005.

 

·   Two players who ranked among the nation's Top 100 recruits by at least one scouting service, including quarterback Pat Bostick and offensive lineman Chris Jacobson. Jacobson is rated Pennsylvania's No. 1 overall prospect by Scout.com, while Bostick is ranked No. 2.

 

·   Five players who hail from the state of Florida, including prized JUCO defensive line prospect Tommie Duhart and all-state defensive back Sherod Murdock.

 

·   One of the most heavily recruited players in the Washington D.C. area in defensive lineman Tony Tucker, who earned PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America honors.

 

2007 Pitt Football Recruits
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Prep School
Pat Bostick QB 6-3 220 Lititz, Pa. Manheim Township
Myles Caragein DL 6-2 270 Pittsburgh, Pa., Keystone Oaks
Dom DeCicco DB 6-3 200 Jefferson Hills, Pa., Thomas Jefferson
Tommie Duhart DL 6-2 275 Belle Glade, Fl., Glades Central, Coffeyville C.C. (Ks.)
John Fieger OL 6-5 265 Red Hill, Pa., Upper Perkiomen
Greg Gaskins OL 6-4 280 York, Pa. William Penn
Jordan Gibbs TE 6-7 270 Lancaster, Pa., Penn Manor
Max Gruder LB 6-2 230 Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Country Day School
Justin Hargrove* DL 6-4 245 Pittsburgh, Pa., Baldwin
Shariff Harris RB 6-2 190 Irvington, N.J., St. Peter's Prep School
Kyle Hubbard WR 6-4 225 Lakewood, Oh., St. Edward
Henry Hynoski FB 6-2 245 Elysburg, Pa., Southern Columbia
Buddy Jackson DB 6-0 160 Weston, Fl., Cypress Bay
Chris Jacobson OL 6-3 285 Pittsburgh, Pa., Keystone Oaks
Wayne Jones DL 6-2 315 Johnstown, Pa., Johnstown Bishop McCourt
Brandon Lindsey LB 6-2 225 Aliquippa, Pa., Aliquippa
Dan Matha OL 6-6 310 Erie, Pa., Erie McDowell
LeSean McCoy RB 5-11 205 Harrisburg, Pa., Bishop McDevitt H.S., Milford Academy (N.Y.)
Sherod Murdock DB 6-0 170 Tampa, Fl., Middleton
Tristan Roberts LB 6-0 215 Perkasie, Pa., Pennridge
Jabaal Sheard DL 6-4 240 Hollywood, Fl.,, Hollywood Hills
Tony Tucker DL 6-2 225 Bowie, Md., St. John's College
Greg Williams RB 6-3 215 Naples, Fl., Barron Collier
Maurice Williams WR 6-1 190 Erie, Pa., Erie Strong Vincent
Aundre Wright WR 6-2 185 Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry Traditional Academy, Milford Academy (N.Y.)

   

*enrolled January '07

 

 

2007 Pitt Recruiting Class Breakdown

 

By Position:

 

Defensive Linemen -- 6 (Myles Caragein, Tommie Duhart, Justin Hargrove, Wayne Jones, Jabaal Sheard, Tony Tucker)

 

Offensive Linemen -- 4 (John Fieger, Greg Gaskins, Chris Jacobson, Dan Matha)

 

Wide Receivers -- 3 (Kyle Hubbard, Maurice Williams, Aundre Wright)

 

Linebackers -- 3 (Max Gruder, Brandon Lindsey, Tristan Roberts)

 

Defensive Backs -- 3 (Dom DeCicco, Buddy Jackson, Sherod Murdock)

 

Running Backs -- 3 (Shariff Harris, LeSean McCoy, Greg Williams)

 

Fullbacks -- 1 (Henry Hynoski)

 

Quarterbacks -- 1 (Pat Bostick)

 

Tight Ends -- 1 (Jordan Gibbs)

 

 

 

By State:

 

Pennsylvania -- 16 (QB Pat Bostick, DL Myles Caragein, DB Dom DeCicco, OL John Fieger, OL Greg Gaskins, TE Jordan Gibbs, DL Justin Hargrove, FB Henry Hynoski, OL Chris Jacobson, DL Wayne Jones, LB Brandon Lindsey, OL Dan Matha, RB LeSean McCoy, LB Tristan Roberts, WR Maurice Williams, WR Aundre Wright)

 

Florida -- 5 (DL Tommie Duhart, DB Buddy Jackson, DB Sherod Murdock, DL Jabaal Sheard, RB Greg Williams)

 

Maryland -- 1 (DL Tony Tucker)

 

New Jersey -- 1 (RB Shariff Harris)

 

North Carolina -- 1 (LB Max Gruder)

 

Ohio -- 1 (WR Kyle Hubbard)

 

 

Pat Bostick, QB, 6-3, 220, Lititz, Pa., Manheim Township - VIDEO CLIP

Considered one of the nation's top quarterback prospects...SuperPrep All-American...selected the 2006 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year...finished his career ranked among Pennsylvania's all-time leading passers...threw for 7,259 career yards at Manheim Township to rank fifth in state annals...as a senior, passed for 2,172 yards with 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions...threw for a school-record 2,810 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior...holds nearly every major Manheim Township passing record, including career yards (7,259), touchdowns (82), completions (543) and attempts (903)...his single-game marks include 392 passing yards and seven TD passes...two-time member of The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team...two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 Offensive Player of the Year...was also a two-time all-league punter and averaged 36.1 yards per attempt as a senior...three-year starter who led Manheim Township to a 23-9 mark (.719) during his career, including District 3 Class AAAA playoff berths his junior and senior seasons...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...SuperPrep "Elite 50"...PrepStar Top 100...rated Pennsylvania's No. 1 prospect by Keystone Recruiting...rated the state's No. 2 prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 5 quarterback by SuperPrep...rated the nation's No. 6 quarterback by Scout.com...rated the nation's No. 6 "pro-style quarterback" by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 10 quarterback by PrepStar...Scout All-East Region...played under Coach Mike Melnyk...selected to play in the East Meets West All-American Game in Orlando, Fla.

 

Myles Caragein, DL, 6-2, 270, Pittsburgh, Pa., Keystone Oaks - VIDEO CLIP

Excelled on both sides of the ball during an accomplished career at Keystone Oaks...four-year starter on both offense and defense...compiled 71 tackles, 23 tackles for losses, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries at defensive end as a senior...as a tight end had 86 pancake blocks, a team-high 27 catches for 298 yards and scored six total touchdowns...for his career, had 208 tackles, 76 tackles for losses and 27 sacks...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team)... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...first team All-Big Seven...led the Eagles to the WPIAL playoffs as a senior...shared Keystone Oaks' team MVP honor with fellow Pitt signee Chris Jacobson...rated Pennsylvania's No. 17 prospect by Rivals.com...rated the state's No. 19 prospect by Scout.com...rated the nation's No. 27 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 33 defensive end by Scout.com...Scout East "Hot 100" list...PrepStar All-East Region...played under Coach Nick Kamberis...also an outstanding wrestler...competing in the heavyweight division, went 41-3 as a junior, winning the WPIAL Class AAA championship and placing fourth in the state...at the 2005 USA Wrestling Cadet National Championships, won the 275-pound Greco-Roman title with eight consecutive victories...Caragein and Chris Jacobson join fellow Keystone Oaks product Frank Kochin, a junior offensive lineman, at Pitt.

 

Dom DeCicco, DB, 6-3, 200, Jefferson Hills, Pa., Thomas Jefferson - VIDEO CLIP

One of Western Pennsylvania's most diverse athletes...a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for perennial WPIAL Class AAA power Thomas Jefferson...switched from receiver to quarterback for his senior season and was a 1,000-yard rusher and passer...finished with 1,132 yards passing with 17 touchdowns...also rushed for 1,064 yards and 15 TDs...started each of his three varsity seasons at safety...led team to the WPIAL Class AAA championship and the semifinals of the PIAA playoffs with a 14-1 record his senior year...in his three seasons as a starter, Thomas Jefferson went a combined 39-5 (.886) with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA Class AAA championship his sophomore year...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...first team All-Big Seven...rated Pennsylvania's No. 9 prospect by Scout.com...rated the nation's No. 18 safety prospect by Scout.com... Scout All-East Region...PrepStar All-East Region...rated Pennsylvania's No. 16 prospect by Keystone Recruiting...rated the state's No. 34 prospect by Rivals.com...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Bill Cherpak, a standout offensive lineman for Pitt from 1985-89...joins fellow Thomas Jefferson product Nate Nix, a redshirt freshman linebacker at Pitt.

 

Tommie Duhart, DL, 6-2, 275, Belle Glade, Fla., Glades Central, Coffeyville C.C. (Ks.) - VIDEO CLIP

One of the nation's top junior-college prospects...was an All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) defensive lineman...collected 35 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries during the 2006 season...helped Coffeyville to a 7-3 regular-season mark, the KJCCC title and a berth in the "Top of the Mountains" Bowl...rated the nation's No. 26 JUCO prospect by Rivals...rated a "four-star" JUCO prospect by Scout.com...played under Coffeyville coach Jeff Leiker...will join Pitt with three years of eligibility remaining...originally signed with Pitt in 2005 before attending junior college...was a two-way standout for perennial Florida prep power Glades Central High...selected All-Palm Beach County and All-Western Conference...selected to play in the Outback Steakhouse All-Star Game...collected 58 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and four sacks as a senior defensive lineman...had five receptions for 124 yards (24.8 avg.) at tight end...Glades Central posted unbeaten regular seasons in each of his final two years...team finished 10-1, advancing to the regional finals of the Florida 3A playoffs...his junior year Glades Central went 11-1 and made it to the regional semifinals...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...rated one of the top 100 players in Florida by Scout.com...played under Glades Central coach Larry Coffey...Duhart was a high school teammate of Pitt junior defensive tackle Rashaad Duncan...Glades Central also produced former All-Big East defensive end Claude Harriott, who lettered at Pitt from 2000-03, and now is with the Detroit Lions...Duhart's father played for Florida, while his uncle played for Florida State.

 

John Fieger, OL, 6-5, 265, Red Hill, Pa., Upper Perkiomen - VIDEO CLIP

One of the state's top offensive lineman prospects...selected first team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State... first team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference....first team All-Philadelphia Inquirer...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-year starter who led Upper Perkiomen to a combined 23-11 mark (.676) during his career...led team to two PIAA Class AAA playoff berths and two runner-up finishes in the Pioneer Athletic Conference...PrepStar All-East Region...rated one of Pennsylvania's top 40 prospects by Scout.com...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Keith Leamer.

 

Greg Gaskins, OL, 6-4, 280, York, Pa., William Penn - VIDEO CLIP

Rated one of Pennsylvania's top offensive linemen and a national-caliber prospect at center...owns an intriguing upside as he turned just 17 years of age this past January...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...selected to The York Daily Record/Sunday News YAIAA Division I All-Star Team...rated the nation's No. 15 center prospect by Rivals.com and No. 17 by Scout.com...PrepStar All-East Region...rated the No. 30 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout.com, No. 31 by SuperPrep and No. 33 by Rivals.com...played under Coach Matt Ortega.

 

Jordan Gibbs, TE, 6-7, 270, Lancaster, Pa., Penn Manor - VIDEO CLIP

Three-year starter at Penn Manor, playing tight end and on the defensive line...compiled career totals of 47 receptions for 833 yards (17.7 avg.) and a school-record nine touchdowns...two-time All-Lebanon-Lancaster League selection...his senior season had 15 catches for 163 yards (10.9 avg.) and a TD...also was a nose tackle and collected 34 tackles and a sack...rated the No. 52 prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout.com...played under Coach Bob Forgrave...also a standout basketball player who is a career 1,000-point scorer.

 

Max Gruder, LB, 6-2, 230, Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Country Day School - VIDEO CLIP

First team All-North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA)...two-time first team All-Charlotte Independent School Athletic Conference...compiled 111 tackles, 17 tackles for losses, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and two fumble recoveries as a senior...two-year starter at middle linebacker and offensive guard...led team to the Charlotte Independent School Athletic Conference championship and the state championship game as a senior...team went 10-3 his senior year and 18-7 (.720) his two seasons as a starter...selected to play in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Football Classic (but chose not to participate)...played under Coach Bob Wittman at Charlotte Country Day...rated one of the top 35 prospects in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com.

 

Justin Hargrove, DL, 6-4, 245, Pittsburgh, Pa., Baldwin

Enrolled at Pitt full-time in January and will have true freshman eligibility for the 2006 season (five years to play four seasons)...will participate in spring drills...a defensive end prospect who played in just one full game as a high school senior (2005) due to injury...had 13 tackles and a sack in less than two full contests played at Baldwin High...played diverse roles during his high school career, including linebacker, defensive back, tailback and fullback...as a junior tailback rushed for 186 yards against Mt. Lebanon and 106 against Central Catholic...rated the nation's No. 29 weakside defensive end prospect and Pennsylvania's No. 25 overall prospect by Rivals.com...played under Coach Mike Silianoff...joins two fellow Baldwin products at Pitt, including sophomore offensive lineman Jason Pinkston and sophomore fullback Chris Bova...Coach Dave Wannstedt also graduated from Baldwin (1970) before matriculating to the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Shariff Harris, RB, 6-1, 190, Irvington, N.J., St. Peter's Prep School - VIDEO CLIP

One of New Jersey's top running backs as a senior at St. Peter's Prep...considered one of the top 10 overall prospects in the state by Scout.com...rushed for 1,410 yards and 17 touchdowns on 163 carries (8.7 avg.) as a senior...as a junior he primarily played linebacker but his sophomore season (at Marist High School) he rushed for more than 1,400 yards and scored 25 TDs...member of the 2006 MSG Network High School Heisman Team, which honors 23 of the top players from the Tri-State (New Jersey, New York and Connecticut) area...named to The Associated Press New Jersey All-State Team (third team)...helped St. Peter's Prep to a two-year mark of 23-1 (.958) and consecutive berths in the New Jersey Non-Public Group IV championship game at Giants Stadium...helped the team gain a second consecutive trip to the state title game by rushing for 213 yards on just 18 carries (11.8 avg.) in a 21-7 victory over Seton Hall Prep in the semifinals...Harris scored two touchdowns in the victory, including an 80-yard TD run, and was named The Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week for his performance...as a junior he helped St. Peter's to the state title with a 12-0 mark...rated the No. 18 prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-East Region...Scout East "Hot 100" list...played under Coach Rich Hansen.

 

Kyle Hubbard, WR, 6-4, 225, Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward - VIDEO CLIP

Big receiver prospect who totaled 88 catches for 1,400 yards his final two seasons at perennial Ohio power St. Edward High...becomes the second St. Edward product to sign with Pitt in as many years....sophomore offensive lineman Joe Thomas is also a St. Edward product...as a senior, Hubbard had 30 receptions for 600 yards and three touchdowns...his junior year he totaled 58 catches for 800 yards and six TDs...all-conference, all-district and all-county honoree...Honorable Mention All-Ohio...helped team to a 9-2 mark as a senior, including a berth in the Ohio Division I (largest classification) playoffs...his junior year, St. Edward went 12-1 and advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs...played under Coach John Gibbons...rated the No. 21 prospect in Ohio by Scout.com...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...rated the nation's No. 27 tight end prospect by Scout.com...also a standout for St. Edward's basketball team, which was ranked among the nation's Top 25 teams by USA Today.

 

Henry Hynoski, FB, 6-2, 245, Elysburg, Pa., Southern Columbia - VIDEO CLIP

Prolific runner who finished sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards...also scored an astonishing 113 touchdowns during his high school career at perennial power Southern Columbia...named The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year after rushing for 2,407 yards and 42 touchdowns on 206 carries, an average of 11.7 yards per attempt, as a senior...compiled his impressive rushing totals despite not playing a full game during his senior season as he led Southern Columbia to a 16-0 mark with an average victory margin of 39 points per contest...Southern Columbia won the PIAA Class A championship for a state-record fifth consecutive year...in the state title game against West Middlesex, Hynoski rushed for 126 yards, added 109 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns in a 56-14 victory...

in 20 career playoff games (all victories), Hynoski rushed for 3,234 yards and 41 touchdowns on 320 attempts (10.1 avg.)...as a four-year starter, led Southern Columbia to a 58-3 mark (.951)...was named first team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State as a senior and junior...named second team all-state as a sophomore...two-time Central Susquehanna Conference Offensive Back of the Year...rated the nation's No. 4 fullback prospect by Scout.com and No. 7 by Rivals.com...rated Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Scout.com, No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 23 by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-East Region...Scout All-East Region...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Jim Roth...father, also named Henry, was a star fullback at Temple (1972-74) and spent the 1975 season with the Cleveland Browns.

 

Buddy Jackson, DB, 6-0, 160, Weston, Fla., Cypress Bay - VIDEO CLIP

Two-year starter at cornerback for Cypress Bay, a Florida 6A (largest classification) school...was discovered by Pitt's coaching staff at the Panthers' 2006 summer football camps, where Jackson ran a 4.31 40-yard dash...was a three-year varsity letterman and helped team to two Florida 6A playoff berths...team captain...had 16 defended passes as a senior...played under Coach Bill Hobbs...his defensive coordinator was Frank Hepler, who coached such Pitt products as H.B. Blades, Darrell Strong and Cedric McGee at Plantation High...Jackson was also a regional qualifier in the 100 meter dash in his first year running track.

 

Chris Jacobson, OL, 6-3, 285, Pittsburgh, Pa., Keystone Oaks - VIDEO CLIP

One of the nation's top offensive line prospects... selected a U.S. Army All-American and played in the All-American Bowl, an all-star game featuring the nation's top 80 high school players at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas...SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American...considered the top overall prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout.com...rated the No. 38 overall prospect in the country on Scout's "Hot 100" list...rated one of the nation's top 10 offensive guard prospects by Scout.com (No. 3) and Rivals.com (No. 9)...Scout All-East Region...compiled an impressive 137 pancake blocks as a senior and 259 over his final two seasons at Keystone Oaks...was a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball as well...had 43 tackles, 13 tackles for losses and three sacks his senior year...for his career had 147 tackles, 49 tackles for losses and 17 sacks...shared Keystone Oaks' team MVP honor with fellow Pitt recruit Myles Caragein...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (first team)... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...first team All-Big Seven...four-year starter at Keystone Oaks, including both sides of the ball his final three seasons...led the Eagles to the WPIAL playoffs as a senior...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Nick Kamberis...Jacobson and Myles Caragein join fellow Keystone Oaks product Frank Kochin, a junior offensive lineman, at Pitt.

 

Wayne Jones, DL, 6-2, 315, Johnstown, Pa., Johnstown Bishop McCourt - VIDEO CLIP

Named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team) as a defensive lineman...was the Johnstown area's fourth-leading tackler with 86 stops, including 68 solo from his nose tackle position...also had two sacks...as an offensive lineman, helped the Crushers rush for 2,691 yards and pass for 1,630...The Tribune-Democrat All-Area Team (first team)...helped Bishop McCourt to an 11-2 mark and the District 5-6 AA championship...played under Coach Ken Salem...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...has extensive football family ties...stepbrother Artrell Hawkins Jr. plays for the New England Patriots...another stepbrother, Andrew Hawkins, plays for the Toledo Rockets...cousin Carlton Haselrig played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

                                                                                                                                                                          

Brandon Lindsey, LB, 6-2, 225, Aliquippa, Pa., Aliquippa - VIDEO CLIP

Continues the outstanding pipeline of Aliquippa players to Pitt...considered one of the nation's top linebacker prospects...SuperPrep All-American...rated the nation's No. 9 strongside linebacker prospect by Scout.com...was a two-way standout for the Quips, playing running back in addition to linebacker... named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team)...led team in tackles each of his final two seasons, compiling 115 stops his senior year...rushed for 743 yards as a senior and had over 1,000 his junior year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...led Aliquippa to a 10-1 record, the Midwestern Conference championship and quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs his senior year...team went 18-3 (.857) his final two seasons, including 14-1 in the Midwestern Conference, and advanced to the WPIAL playoffs each year...rated one of the country's top 20 linebacker prospects by SuperPrep...Scout All-East Region...PrepStar All-East Region...rated Pennsylvania's No. 12 prospect by SuperPrep, No. 14 by Rivals.com and No. 15 by Scout.com...played under Coach Mike Zmijanac...continues the recent stream of Aliquippa products to Pitt that includes All-Big East defensive backs Darrelle Revis (2004-06) and Bernard "Josh" Lay (2002-05).

 

Dan Matha, OL, 6-6, 310, Erie, Pa., Erie McDowell - VIDEO CLIP

Highly accomplished offensive tackle who was named first team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State each of his final two seasons...graded out in his blocking assignments at 96% as a senior and 95.4% as a junior...also was a starting defensive tackle...first team All-Region 6...first team All-District 10...led team to two District 10 runner-up finishes...McDowell won the Region 6 championship his junior year...listed as a national top 20 offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com...Scout East "Hot 100" list...PrepStar All-East Region...rated Pennsylvania's No. 13 prospect by Scout.com, No. 14 by SuperPrep and No. 19 by Rivals.com...played under Coach Joe Tarasovitch.

 

LeSean McCoy, RB, 5-11, 205, Harrisburg, Pa., Bishop McDevitt H.S., Milford Academy (N.Y.) - VIDEO CLIP

One of the country's elite running back prospects...rated the nation's No. 7 running back by Scout.com... spent this past year at Milford Academy (N.Y.) after a heralded high school career at Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt...rated the country's No. 2 prep school prospect by Scout and No. 10 by Rivals.com...averaged 7.1 yards per carry at Milford Academy, gaining 547 yards on 77 attempts with four touchdowns...helped Milford to a 7-3 record against a schedule made up of collegiate competition...played under Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford...one of two Milford prospects signed by Pitt this year...the other is receiver Aundre Wright...at Bishop McDevitt was one of the most prolific rushers in Pennsylvania history...entered his senior season on pace to break the state rushing record but suffered a compound ankle fracture (right) in the season's fourth game...in just three-plus games that year, rushed for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns on 83 carries (10.3 avg.)...finished his high school career as Pennsylvania's ninth all-time leading rusher with 6,640 yards and scored 75 TDs... rushed for more than 2,500 yards in both his junior and senior years...twice named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...was AP Class AAAA Player of the Year as a junior...SuperPrep All-American...PrepStar "Dream Team"...rated the nation's No. 11 high school prospect by Tom Lemming...in signing with Pitt, McCoy is reunited with former Bishop McDevitt teammate Aaron Berry, a sophomore cornerback for the Panthers...played under Coach Jeff Weachter.

 

Sherod Murdock, DB, 6-0, 170, Tampa, Fla., Middleton - VIDEO CLIP

Highly regarded defensive back who is considered one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Florida...named to the Florida Sports Writers Association's Class 4A All-State Football Team...first team All-Hillsborough County...played free safety and cornerback as a senior and compiled 60 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups...three-year starter for Middleton High, helping the Tigers to two Florida regional playoff berths...rated Florida's No. 71 prospect by SuperPrep and No. 97 by Rivals.com...rated one of the nation's top 50 cornerback prospects by Rivals...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...played under Coach Harry Hubbard...selected to play in the East-West All-Star Football Game at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium and had a 95-yard kickoff return in the game.

 

Tristan Roberts, LB, 6-0, 215, Perkasie, Pa., Pennridge - VIDEO CLIP

Speedy two-way standout who excelled as both a running back and linebacker at Pennridge...rushed for 1,592 yards on 286 carries (5.6 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns...selected All-Suburban I League on both sides of the ball...as a two-year, two-way starter, played running back, linebacker, strong safety and also punted...nominee for the Maxwell Football Club's Annual Jim Henry Award for the Area High School Player of the Year...recipient of the Club's Mini Max High School Award...rated the nation's No. 26 weakside linebacker prospect by Scout.com...rated one of Pennsylvania's top 50 prospects by Scout.com... PrepStar All-East Region...played under Coach Randy Cuthbert, former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-93)...Roberts' father, Richard, is a first cousin of former Pitt defensive backs Tim Lewis (1979-82) and Louis Riddick (1987-90).

 

Jabaal Sheard, DL, 6-4, 240, Hollywood Hills, Fla., Hollywood Hills - VIDEO CLIP

All-Broward County defensive lineman who had 54 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior at Hollywood Hills, a Florida 6A (highest classification) school...speedy prospect who was timed at 4.6 in the 40 at the Nike combine prior to his senior season...rated the nation's No. 23 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com...rated one of the top 60 prospects in the state of Florida by Rivals...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...rated one of the top 100 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep...Scout.com Southeast "Hot 100"...rated one of the top 75 prospects in the southeast region by Scout.com...played under Coach Al Lang.

 

Tony Tucker, DL, 6-2, 225, Bowie, Md., St. John's College (Washington D.C.) - VIDEO CLIP

One of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Washington D.C. area...national-caliber defensive end prospect who was named a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American...two-year, two-way starter at defensive end and tight end at St. John's College...compiled 43 tackles, 13 tackles for losses, seven sacks and 17 quarterback hurries as a senior...also had 23 receptions for 426 yards and scored three touchdowns with two 2-point conversion receptions and one 2-point conversion run...had 50 tackles, 19.5 tackles losses and 9.5 sacks as a junior...Washington Post All-Metropolitan First Team...unanimous first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC)...selected to George Michael's "Golden 11"...rated the District of Columbia's No. 3 prospect by Rivals.com...rated the No. 4 prospect in the Maryland/D.C./Delaware region by Scout.com...rated the Mid-Atlantic region's No. 8 prospect by SuperPrep...rated the nation's No. 11 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 24 defensive end by Scout.com...rated the nation's No. 36 defensive line prospect by SuperPrep...played under Coach Joe Paterson...four-year letterman at St. John's...led team to an 8-2 mark his senior year, St. John's best record since the 1980s...helped team to a 27-13 (.675) record during his varsity career...selected to play in the East Meets West All-American Game in Orlando, Fla....announced his commitment to Pitt on Jan. 6 at the all-star game via ESPNU...legendary Pitt defensive end Hugh Green (1977-80) was an East assistant coach.

 

Greg Williams, RB, 6-3, 215, Naples, Fla., Barron Collier - VIDEO CLIP

Rated one of Florida's top 50 overall prospects after rushing for 1,481 yards as a senior at Barron Collier High...averaged 6.9 yards per attempt on 215 carries...also scored 17 touchdowns...his junior season, rushed for 1,210 yards on 146 carries (8.3 avg.) and 15 TDs...two-time All-Collier County...selected Honorable Mention Class 4A All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association...finished fourth in school history with 3,077 career rushing yards and 234 career points...rated Florida's No. 45 prospect by SuperPrep, No. 47 by Scout.com and No. 78 by Rivals.com...PrepStar All-Southeast Region...played under Coach Billy Sparacio.

 

Maurice Williams, WR, 6-1, 190, Erie, Pa., Erie Strong Vincent - VIDEO CLIP

An exceptional athlete with tremendous versatility...was a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner for Erie Strong Vincent...also played receiver during his career, the position he is projected to play at Pitt...SuperPrep All-American...selected to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (first team) as a defensive back...two-time all-region at both quarterback and defensive back...his senior season threw for 829 yards and eight TDs on 43-of-89 passing...also rushed for 660 yards and 14 TDs on 112 carries (5.9 avg.)...averaged an impressive 16.92 yards on 12 punt returns and had an 82-yard return for a TD...collected 44 tackles and had a fumble recovery for a TD on defense...also contributed as a punter and kickoff specialist...a three-year starter who led team to three district playoff berths, a district title, one state playoff berth and a combined 29-8 mark (.784)...rated the No. 4 prospect in Pennsylvania by Keystone Recruiting, No. 6 by SuperPrep, No. 7 by Scout.com and No. 12 by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 13 receiver by SuperPrep...rated one of the top 40 receiver prospects in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.com...Scout East "Hot 100" list...played under Coach Tom Cacchione.

 

Aundre Wright, WR, 5-11, 185, Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry Traditional Academy, Milford Acad. (N.Y.) - VIDEO CLIP

Former Perry standout who spent the 2006 season at Milford Academy (N.Y.), where he was a receiver and returned kicks...rated a top 40 prep school prospect by Rivals.com...Scout Prep School "Hot 50" list...PrepStar All-East Region...had 22 receptions for 409 yards (18.6 avg.) and five touchdowns during the 2006 season...also scored TDs on a 92-yard kick return and 35-yard punt return...helped Milford to a 7-3 record against a schedule made up of collegiate competition...played under Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford...one of two Milford prospects signed by Pitt this year...the other is running back LeSean McCoy...an All-City League performer at Perry...as a senior helped the Commodores to an 11-2 record, the City League title and quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs...caught 45 passes for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns his final two years...played under coach Bill Gallagher...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic.

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