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National Letter of Intent Day

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The new coaching staffs at Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia welcomed their first recruiting classes today, as high school football players across the country made their verbal commitments binding by signing letters of intent. PSR has the complete list for the local schools, plus where all the local players are headed.



Top WPIAL and City League Players
Shakim Alonzo, WR, Woodland Hills - CINCINNATI
J.J. Beggan, OL, Seton-LaSalle - BOWLING GREEN
Adam Bisnowaty, OL, Fox Chapel - PITT
Wayne Capers, WR, Chartiers Valley - ARIZONA
Mike Caprara, LB, Woodland Hills - PITT
Jaylen Coleman, LB, University Prep - TOLEDO
Trenton Coles, WR, Clairton - PITT
Dakota Conwell, LB, Upper St. Clair - ARIZONA
Demetrious Cox, DB, Jeannette - MICHIGAN STATE
Dustin Creel, ATH, Western Beaver - EASTERN MICHIGAN
Logan Dietz, OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - BOWLING GREEN
Julian Durden, RB, Montour - KENT STATEphoto by Bill McBride
Dontez Ford, DB, Sto-Rox - SYRACUSE
Greg Garmon, RB, Erie McDowell - IOWA
Arthur Goldberg, OL, Mount Lebanon - WISCONSIN
Juwan Haynes, DB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - TOLEDO
Treyvon Hester, DT, Penn Hills - TOLEDO
Perry Hills, QB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - MARYLAND
JP Holtz, TE, Shaler - PITT
Jesse James, TE, South Allegheny - PENN STATE
Corey Jones, WR, Penn Hills - TOLEDO
Damion Jones-Moore, RB, Pittsbrugh Central Catholic - TOLEDO
Reggie Mitchell, ATH, Shady Side Academy - WISCONSIN
T.J. Neal, LB, McKeesport - ILLINOIS
Anthony Nixon, DB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - MARYLAND
Ian Park, OL, Upper St. Clair - NORTHWESTERN
Deaysean Rippy, LB, Sto-Rox - PITT
Jack Schwaba, TE, Upper St. Clair - NORTHWESTERN
Rushel Shell, RB, Hopewell - PITT
Chaz Whittaker, WR, Penn Hills - TOLEDO
Jake Witucki, OL, Highlands - KENT STATE

Pitt's 2012 Recruiting Class
Adam Bisnowaty, Fox Chapel/Pittsburgh, PA OL 6'6" 275
Bam Bradley, Trotwood-Madison/Trotwood, OH S 6'1" 200
Mike Caprara, Woodland Hills/Pittsburgh, PA LB 6'0" 210photo by Bill McBride
Trenton Coles, Clairton/Clairton, PA WR 6'3" 175
Chris Davis, Austintown Fitch/Austintown, OH ATH 5'9" 185
Demitrious Davis, Austintown Fitch/Austintown, OH ATH 5'10" 183
JP Holtz, Shaler/Pittsburgh, PA TE 6’4” 240
Terrell Jackson, Marion Franklin/Columbus, OH DT 6'3" 255
Ryan Lewis, Eastlake/Sammamish, WA ATH 6'0" 185
Jahmahl Pardner, Aquinas Institute/Rochester, NY DB 6'1" 179
Devon Porchia, Gilman School/Baltimore, MD LB 6'2" 200
Darryl Render, St. Edward/Brook Park, OH DE 6'3" 240
Deaysean Rippy, Sto-Rox/McKees Rocks, PA LB 6'2" 198
Gabe Roberts, New London/New London, WI OG 6-4, 275
Rushel Shell, Hopewell/Aliquippa, PA RB 6'0" 210
Chad Voytik, Cleveland/Cleveland, TN QB 6'1" 183

Compiled by Dan Miller

RB Rushel Shell: Pennsylvania’s all-time leading rusher is the true headliner of the Panthers’ class, and was considered by almost every recruiting outlet to be a top-three running back. Shell finished with 9,078 career rushing yards and a national record of 39 consecutive 100-yard games. With several returning members in the backfield it will be hard for the four-star recruit to find carries, but he figures to be in the mix from the start.

QB Chad Voytik: Tino Sunseri returns for his senior season, but many believe Voytik will be his successor. The four-star quarterback is equipped with a strong arm, and judging by his campaign to keep the recruiting class together, possesses the leadership necessary to compete at the Division I level.

OL Adam Bisnowaty: It was no secret that the offensive line had its issues this past season. Bisnowaty is a four-star recruit who turned down an offer from Florida to attend Pitt. While he projects to be a left tackle in the long run, he could have an impact on the right side of the line as early as this season.

Penn State's 2012 Recruiting Class
Steven Bench, Cairo HS/Cairo, Ga. QB 6-3, 206
Da’Quan Davis, Calvert Hall College HS/Baltimore DB 5-11, 172
Derek Dowrey, John Handley HS/Winchester, Va. DT 6-4, 308
Brian Gaia, Gilman School/Baltimore DT 6-3, 290
Malik Golden, Cheshire Academy/Cheshire, Conn. WR 6-1, 185
Jesse James, South Allegheny HS/McKeesport, Pa. TE 6-7, 248
Austin Johnson, St. Augustine Prep/Richland, N.J. DT 6-4, 276
Jake Kiley, The New Hampton School/New Hampton, N.H. CB 6-2, 173
Wendy Laurent, Hun School/Princeton, N.J. OL 6-4, 285    
Eugene Lewis, Wyoming Valley West HS/Plymouth, Pa. WR 6-2, 181
Jordan Lucas, Worcester Academy/Worcester, Mass.    DB 6-1, 185
Akeel Lynch, St. Francis HS/Athlol Springs, N.Y. RB 6-1, 205
Jamil Pollard, West Depford HS/Westville, N.J. DT 6-4, 280
Evan Schwan, Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, PA DE 6-6, 234    
Anthony Stanko, Howland HS/Warren, Ohio OL 6-5, 302
Jonathan Warner, Camas HS/Camas, Wash. WR 6-2, 200
Nyeem Wartman, Valley View HS/Archbald, Pa. LB 6-3, 220
Brent Wilkerson, Dematha Catholic HS/Hyattsville, Md. TE 6-4, 245
Trevor Williams, Calvert Hall College HS/Baltimore WR 6-2, 190

Compiled by Steve Sampsell

WR Eugene Lewis: Among the most heralded members of the recruiting class. Not considered exceptionally fast, but recruiting experts like his size and ability to move with the ball in his hands. Considered a good downfield threat.

LB Nyeem Wartman: Highest-rated defensive player in the class. Experts like his ability to deliver a hit and his pass coverage skills.

TE Jesse James: First in class to sign his letter of intent. More a project than an immediate-impact player, but his size—especially at tight end—might intrigue coach Bill O’Brien, formerly of the TE-heavy New England Patriots.

West Virginia's 2012 Recruiting Class
Imarjaye Albury, Northwestern/Miami, Fla. DT 6-1, 280
Christian Brown, Bridgeton/Bridgeton, N.J. DT 6-2, 280
Roshard Burney, Palm Beach Gardens/Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. RB 5-10, 205
Ford Childress, Kinkaid/Houston, Texas QB 6-4, 210
Torry Clayton, South Dade/Homestead, Fla. RB 5-10, 190
Travares Copeland, Treasure Coast/Port St. Lucie, Fla. WR 6-0, 185
Kimlon Dillon, Apopka, Apopka, Fla. DB 6-2, 180
Mark Glowinski, Lackawanna C.C./Scranton Pa. OL 6-5, 290
Jarrod Harper, Mountain Ridge/Frostburg, Md. DB 6-1, 200
Korey Harris, Bartram Trail/Fruit Cove, Fla. DE 6-4, 230
Garrett Hope, The Woodlands/The Woodlands, Texas LB 6-3, 220
Will Johnson, Osseo/Osseo, Minn. TE 6-7, 245
Karl Joseph, Edgewater/Orlando, Fla. DB 5-11, 190
Darreal Joyner, Miami Central/Miami, Fla. WR 5-11, 180
Nana Kyeremeh, Thomas Worthington/Worthington, Ohio DB 5-11, 170
Sam Lebbie, DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md. LB 6-2, 240
Devonte Mathis, Miramar/Miramar, Fla. WR 6-2, 205
Tony Matteo, Manchester/Akron, Ohio OL 6-5, 280
Deontay McManus, Dunbar/Balimore, Md. WR 6-2, 215
Brandon Napoleon, St. Peter’s Prep/Jersey City, N.J. CB 6-0, 175
Noble Nwachukwu, Wylie/Wylie, Texas DE 6-2, 240
Tyler Orlosky, St. Edward/Lakewood, Ohio OL 6-4, 290
Adam Pankey, Hamilton/Hamilton, OH OL 6'5" 300
Devonte Robinson, Village Academy/Delray Beach, Fla. WR 6-2, 175
Jordan Thompson, Katy/Katy, Texas WR 5-9, 163
Sean Walters, Hallandale/Hallandale Beach, Fla. DB 6-2, 195

Compiled by Dan Scifo

Deontay McManus, WR: McManus highlights a group of five talented receivers recruited by the Mountaineers. The 6-2, 215-pound four-star recruit from Baltimore runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and is put together like a linebacker. He’s raw at running routes and fights the ball sometimes, but he appears ready. He’s too big and too strong not to get on the field next year.

Ford Childress, QB: With Geno Smith set to return for his senior season, the Mountaineers won’t count on Childress next year, but the No. 14-ranked QB could be the future for WVU. He is a good fit for the spread offense, thanks to his accuracy, ability to make quick decisions and get the ball out fast. At 6-4, 210-pounds, Childress has size and strength, but needs work on his mechanics.

After a slow start to the recruiting season, things have picked up for new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi.
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