The Pittsburgh Sports Report’s
Keystone Recruiting Reports
June 24, 2005
Blue Chip Receiver Makes It Official
by Tony DeFazio
“As you all already know, I’m committing to the University of
With those words, West Allegheny wide receiver Dorin Dickerson
gave a verbal commitment to the Pitt Panthers. The 6-2, 212-pound
Dickerson held a low-key press conference in his high school gymnasium
on Thursday evening in front of his family, friends, teammates
and media to announce his college decision. Pitt and Michigan
were his finalists, although Dickerson had over 20 offers from
such schools as Florida, Ohio State, LSU, Penn State, Nebraska,
Purdue, Michigan State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Virginia.
Dickerson said he came to the conclusion he wanted to play for
Pitt about three weeks ago after an hour-plus talk with Panthers
receivers coach Aubrey Hill.
“We talked about everything, not just football, and I knew then
where I wanted to go,” Dickerson said. “But I wanted to really
think about everything and make sure this was what I wanted before
I made any announcement.”
His coach, Bob Palko, said he thought his star receiver had
started to grow weary of the recruiting process.
“Last week he started to talk about how he was getting tired
of the process – the text messages, cell phone calls, emails…everything.
It’s really a grueling process if you are a national recruit,
like Dorin is, and I really think he was tired of it and he knew
in his heart what he wanted,” Palko explained. “So he said he
was ready, and my first response was ‘Dorin, are you sure? Are
you sure you’re sure?’ And he said he was sure.”
Just two summers ago, Pitt received verbal commitments from
two of the WPIAL’s biggest stars – North Hills running back Andrew
Johnson and Penn Hills quarterback Anthony Morelli – only to see
both sign elsewhere on Letter of Intent Day. Could that happen
“No chance,” says the West A star. “I’m a Pittsburgh guy and
I want to play here. I respect the people in Pittsburgh, the fans
and especially the players on the team.”
When asked the same question about his player, Palko simply
shook his head and said, “He wasn’t raised that way. The young
man was not raised that way.”
Dickerson will play wide receiver for the Panthers, although
he’s willing to play wherever the coaching staff wants him.
“If they need me there I’ll play there,” he said. “If there
is an open position on the field, I’ll play where the coaches
Baldwin Duo Sets Monday Press Conference
By Chris Dokish
Keystone Recruiting has confirmed that Baldwin High School stars
Jason Pinkston and Justin Hargrove will hold a press conference
at the South Hills Country Club on Monday at approximately 7:00
PM to announce their college choice. While PSR was informed of
the decision, the young men prefer to make the public announcement
themselves, so out of respect for their wishes, we will let them
The 6’4-½”, 280-pound Pinkston is considered one of the top
defensive tackles in the country and one of the top five players
in the state of Pennsylvania. He has approximately 20 written
offers, including Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio
State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Louisville,
Iowa, and Wisconsin. His final three are Michigan, Pittsburgh,
Hargrove is a sleeper, as he missed all but two games during
his junior season due to a high ankle sprain. He was expected
to get many more offers during the upcoming season, but decided
that he already found the school that he wanted to attend.
“I was always a fan of them so I figured I would just do it
now,” said Hargrove in a recent interview.
Hargrove says he is now 6’4” and between 240-245 pounds and
recently ran a 4.52 forty at Joe Butler’s Metro Index Camp. He
has offers from Pittsburgh, Marshall, Akron and Kent State. Last
season at Baldwin, he started at halfback at the end of the season
and he is expected to start at that position again this fall.
He also played tight end, linebacker and defensive end. He is
being recruited as a defensive end by most, though Pittsburgh
recently told him that they have some interest in him at outside
Linebacker U Searching for New Charges
by Tony DeFazio
The emergence of linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor last
fall left no doubt that, despite a down season or two, Penn State
is still Linebacker U. Only two backers were added in last season’s
recruiting class – although Jerome Hayes and Upper St. Clair’s
Sean Lee both have bright futures – so expect the Lions to go
heavy at the position this season. At least half a dozen prep
linebackers have been offered scholarships by Penn State thus
far. Keystone Recruiting takes a look at each.
Navorro Bowman, LB
With over 20 offers, Bowman has become one of the hottest players
on the east coast. Back to back performances at Penn State Nike
Camp and New Jersey’s Elite Camp – where he was said to be even
more impressive than at Penn State – have vaulted him to blue-chip
status by several recruiting services. He was named Maryland’s
Defensive Player of the Year after recording 165 tackles and 9
sacks as a junior – to go along with 1,250 yards rushing and 22
Local school Maryland once seemed to be the team to beat for
Bowman, although Virginia Tech appears to have closed the gap.
Bowman has said that he loves the ACC and is only considering
a few schools outside the conference, including Penn State, Tennessee
and Texas. Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan State, Connecticut and
Syracuse are also in pursuit.
Coached by Nick Lynch at Suitland, Bowman has already qualified
to play as a freshman.
Bani Gbadyu, OLB
Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard HS
The Nittany Lions are among six schools Gbadyu (pronounced BAHD-joo)
considers as possible leaders, along with LSU, Virginia Tech,
Ohio State, Nebraska and Boston College. Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma
and N.C. State are also in the mix. He plans to take official
visits to LSU and Nebraska in September. Three other schools will
also get a visit, although he’s not sure which ones they will
be. Expect Ohio State and the ACC – particularly Virginia Tech
and Boston College – to make a strong run for his services.
Penn State plans to be right there as well. Gbadyu is impressed
with – not surprisingly – Beaver Stadium, Joe Paterno, and the
tradition that is Penn State football. Larry Johnson is recruiting
him and that also appears to bode well for the Lions. Gbadyu plans
to visit Penn State this week.
Jeremiha Hunter, LB
Hunter, rated No. 9 in Pennsylvania by Keystone Recruiting,
has over 30 offers including Penn State, Florida, Georgia, Iowa,
Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, West
Virginia and Connecticut.
Hunter runs a 4.55 forty and has been impressive on both sides
of the ball, piling up 143 tackles, 5 sacks and 4 interceptions
his junior season – in addition to gaining 1,100 yards and scoring
24 touchdowns on offense. Ohio State, Georgia, Florida and Georgia
Tech, among others, have talked to him about playing running back.
Most schools project him as a linebacker, however, including Penn
So where do the Lions fit in?
Apparently right there with the other top schools. Hunter attended
the Blue and White Game this past spring, and his father Brian,
who has been impressed with the Penn State coaching staff, mentions
that geography is always an issue. Larry Johnson is recruiting
Initially, Michigan was a clear favorite for Hunter, but that
changed when Wolverine defensive line coach Bill Sheridan took
the same position with the NFL's New York Giants in February.
Since his departure, Hunter says Michigan has fallen a bit.
Hunter’s summer is going relatively slow, as he had a second
surgery on his arm May 5 to repair some broken bones that were
not healing well. The setback won’t allow him to resume workouts
until July, but should not be a hindrance to his senior season.
It’s not only his college choice that has people paying attention
to Hunter, though. The star linebacker has withdrawn from Pennsylvania
Triple-A power Manheim Central and plans to transfer into a program
closer to the Harrisburg area, where his father works. There have
been plenty of rumors about where he will wind up, the most common
of which is Bishop McDevitt, although Harrisburg High has also
Andrew Moten, OLB
Gwynn Park, MD/ Suitland HS
Penn State is one of three schools to offer a scholarship to
Moten, along with Maryland and Illinois. Moten, who has added
about 15 pounds since last spring, impressed college scouts at
Maryland’s camp, where he showed enough athleticism and versatility
that some recruiters believe he can play strong safety despite
not playing the position in high school. Moten will play tight
end and linebacker for Suitland this season, where be will line
up with highly sought-after teammate Navorro Bowman. Moten boasts
a 3.25 GPA and is also interested in Georgia Tech, Stanford and
Colin Neely, LB
Bethlehem, PA/Freedom HS
Neely currently projects as a linebacker, but his athleticism
and his size could make him a tight end or even a defensive end
eventually. He caught 20 passes for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns
as a junior, and recorded 60 tackles – including 10 sacks – on
the defensive side of the ball.
While Neely often mentions Virginia as being one of his favorites,
the Cavaliers have not offered a scholarship just yet. He has
also talked about Penn State, Michigan State and Syracuse as schools
near the top of his list. Penn State’s close proximity will certainly
be a factor in his final decision, which he would like to have
out of the way before his senior season. West Virginia, Rutgers,
Boston College, Maryland, Pitt and Iowa have also been involved.
Penn State recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary is recruiting
Andrew Quarless, OLB
Uniondale, NY/Uniondale HS
One of the top prospects in the state of New York, Quarless
is being recruited as both a tight end and outside linebacker.
In addition to the Nittany Lions, Quarless entertains offers from
Boston College, Miami (FL), Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Big
10 rival Wisconsin. He has no real leaders at this stage, although
he is expected to camp at Penn State this month and take an unofficial
visit this summer. Safeties coach Brian Norwood is handling his
Gateway Athlete Talks To Keystone Recruiting
By Chris Dokish
Apparently, the new trend of committing to Pitt has not been
lost on Gateway High School athlete Aaron Smith. The 5’11”, 175-pounder
has 17 written offers and a new leader.
Keystone Recruiting: Do you have a leader yet?
Aaron Smith: Yeah, Pittsburgh now.
KR: I know you are friends with Dorin Dickerson. Did he try
to recruit you to Pitt?
Smith: No, not yet. But (Jason) Pinkston talked to me a few
days ago. If he commits to Pitt on Monday, then Pitt is my leader
KR: Do you think you would commit to them, or anybody else,
soon or wait it out some?
Smith: If Pinkston commits on Monday to Pitt, then I will probably
commit before school starts.
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