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Tuesday September 23 2014
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Erie's Connor commits to Pitt

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Erie McDowell defensive end James Connor commits to Pitt

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst received his second verbal commitment in as many days when James Connor of Erie McDowell said he plans to play for the Panthers next year.
 
Conner, 6-2 and 235-pounds, has added size since his junior year and can play multiple positions, including linebacker, defensive end and running back. He'll play defensive end and running back as a senior.


Conner set a McDowell school record with 12 sacks as a junior in 2011. He also had offers from MAC programs Toledo, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green.
 
Pitt Recruiting Class 2013
Carson Baker, OL, Fairborn HS (Fairborn, OH) 6-5, 315
Chris Blewitt, K, West Potomic HS (Alexandria, VA) 5-10, 175
Zach Challingsworth, WR, South Fayette HS (McDonald, PA) 6-2, 180
Tra'von Chapman, QB, Theodore Roosevelt HS (Kent, OH) 6-2, 190
Corey Clement, RB, Glassboro HS (Glassboro, NJ) 5-11, 205
James Connor, DW, Erie McDowell HS (Erie, PA) 6-2, 235
Tony Harper, DB, St. John's HS (Toledo, OH) 6-4, 195
Titus Howard, DB, Clairton HS (Clairton, PA) 6-1, 165
Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Milford Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) 6-4, 310
Luke MacLean, LB, Grand Blanc HS (Grand Blanc, MI) 6-3, 230
Scott Orndoff, TE, Seton-LaSalle HS (Pittsburgh, PA) 6-6, 255
Jaymar Parrish, FB, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA) 6-1, 240
Aaron Reese, OL, Chambersburg HS (Chambersburg, PA) 6-5, 285
Shakir Soto, DE, G.A.R. Memorial HS (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 6-4, 245
Ryan Winslow, P, La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor, PA) 6-5, 215

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
Editor's DeskFeature OneHigh School
On the heels of two straight wins, the Franklin Regional Panthers are looking to improve to 3-1 Friday night as welcome the Indiana Little Indians (2-1) to Panther Stadium.
Feature TwoHSCOGOS2014Press Room
Belle Vernon will battle Hollidaysburg in a WPIAL Triple-A clash Friday night with both teams looking for their third win on the season.
Feature ThreeHSUSS2014Press Room
The Steelers traditional powerhouse defense has set a yearly standard for fans and pundits for decades. But an aging Pittsburgh defense has had a rocky time the last couple of seasons.
Feature FourPure Steel
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Twenty-two WPIAL football teams will have new coaches pacing the sidelines this season, including a few that will be featured in the CoGo's Feature Matchup this season.
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Several of the most coveted recruits throughout the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, most notably Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin. Others, like Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, are still being recruited.
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Bill Cherpak misses the way it used to be. Back in the 80’s, when the current Thomas Jefferson High School coach was a player at Steel Valley, the recruiting process wasn’t publicized. It was low-key compared to the present.
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The Mon-Valley has put plenty of athletes on Division 1 football teams over the years, including several who made it to the NFL. There are a few Mon-Valley natives playing D-1 ball this season.
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