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Pitt Football Recruiting

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An early glimpse at Pitt's verbal commitments in the class of 2013

 


Carson Baker, OT, Fairborn (OH)
The 6-5, 270-pound Baker received his first Division 1 offer from the Panthers and was quick to accept.


Tra'Von Chapman, QB, Theodore Roosevelt (OH)
The 6-1, 205-pound Chapman had a terrific junior season for Roosevelt, racking up 2,212 yards and 26 touchdowns in the air as well as 735 yards and eight scores on the ground. He completed 64 percent of his passes en route to leading the Rough Riders to their first playoff game. Chapman also had offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Illinois, Cincinnati and others.


Corey Clement, RB, Glassboro (NJ)
As a junior, the 5-11, 200-pound Clement carried 249 times for 2,510 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also registered 48 tackles and an interception on defense.Clement chose the Panthers over at least two dozen other programs, including Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida State, Notre Dame and West Virginia. Others to offer included Boston College, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers, UConn, Syracuse and Temple.


Zach Challingsworth, WR, South Fayette
Challingsworth had committed to Toledo earlier in the spring, but upon receiving an offer from the Panthers, the 6-2, 180-pounder has decided to attend Pitt instead. He also had offers from Temple and several MAC programs.


Tony Harper, ATH, St. John's Jesuit (OH) 
Harper played linebacker in high school and was recruited by most schools as a safety, but the Panthers plan to use him as an H-back. He also had offers from Akron, Ohio and Toledo.


Titus Howard, DB, Clairton
Howard chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from Rutgers, UConn, Toledo and Akron, as well as several FCS bowl subdivision schools. Howard is lanky at 6-2, 170 pounds, but is extremely fast and athletic and projects as a cornerback in defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable's defense.

Scott Orndoff, TE, Seton La Salle
The 6-5, 245-pound Orndoff originally committed to Wisconsin last year while Chryst was still the Badger’s offensive coordinator.  An excellent pass catcher, Orndoff is an improving blocker who also had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, UVA and BC. He’s not a highly-rated recruit, but Chryst liked him enough a year ago to target him, and his other offers seem to back that up.


Jaymar Parrish, ATH, Gateway
Parrish is a tight end and linebacker at Gateway but will likely start as a fullback for the Panthers. He was the Gators’ leading receiver with 22 receptions for 524 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 68 tackles, seven sacks and an interception as a junior. The 6-1, 235-pound Parrish runs a 4.5 forty-yard dash and has excellent hands, making him a versatile option as a fullback or an H-back. He chose the Panthers over Akron.


Aaron Reese, OT, Chambersburg
Reese committed to the Panthers just days after they became the first program to offer a scholarship in April. The 6-6, 290-pounder plays both offensive and defensive tackle at Chambersburg and had a strong camp season this past spring.


Shakir Soto, DE, GAR Memorial
An athletic defensive end, Soto recorded 114 tackles with nine sacks as a junior. The 6-4, 248-pound Soto also had offers from Boston College, Maryland, Virginia, Temple, Bowling Green and Kent State. Soto was a rising prospect this past spring, as he was starting to receive interest from Penn State, Miami, Rutgers and Syracuse when he committed to Pitt. A standout track performer, Soto’s speed and strength could garner more offers this fall, meaning the Panthers will likely have to keep close tabs on the Wilkes-Barre athlete.


Ryan Winslow, P, LaSalle College High School
Winslow averaged 40 yards per punt as a junior for LaSalle. His father George punted in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.
 

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