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Mississippi State assistant director of recruiting Reed Case is leaving the Bulldogs to work as the director of recruiting for Pittsburgh.

Case has also worked as a recruiting specialist for schools like Oklahoma, East Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma State. He'll replace Mark Diethorn, who served as the recruiting director for the Panthers for the past six years before taking the job at Virginia Tech, Diethorn's alma mater.
Jun 18 - 12:57 PM

Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Davis Beville.

Beville was also considering Northwestern, and had interest -- albeit without offers at this time -- from schools like Duke, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound signal-caller ranks 24th among pro-style quarterbacks in 247 Sports composite rankings, and he's considered the eighth-best player in the state of South Carolina.
Jun 17 - 2:06 PM

ESPN senior staff writer Chris Low lists Pittsburgh as the team with the toughest non-conference schedule in 2018.

Things don't open up too difficult for Pat Narduzzi and company with a opener against Albany. After that, yikes. They take on Penn State on September 8, UCF on September 29, and on October 13 they'll host Notre Dame. The tough schedule also extends into the regular season, as Low notes. "The trips to South Bend and Orlando are part of a stretch that includes three road trips in four weeks for Pitt, which also travels to face ACC foe North Carolina on Sept. 22," he writes. "That's not to mention a home game with No. 13 Penn State the second week of the season." It could be a long season for the Panthers, if only because of the tough opponents they'll face in the 2018 campaign.
Source: ESPN
Jun 10 - 11:15 AM

Arkansas redshirt junior TE Will Gragg transferred to Pitt as a graduate.

The Panthers have targeted graduate tight end transfers each of the past two seasons, now, having gone that route for Matt Flanagan of Rutgers prior to the 2017 season. Gragg (6'4/254) began his collegiate year as a four-star recruit in then-Arkansas HC Bret Bielema's 2015 recruiting class. He did little damage over the course of three years in Fayetteville, finishing his career with just the five catches for 61 yards he made during the most recent campaign. He may well have a chance to start at Pitt -- that wasn't going to happen with the Razorbacks -- but will first have to fend off the likes of Tyler Sear, Charles Reeves and Grant Carrigan in August camp.
Jun 6 - 11:09 AM

Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore WR Ruben Flowers announced his intention to transfer.

Flowers (6'3/201) didn't make a catch for Pittsburgh in six games last season. The former three-star recruit will have to sit out a year if he transfers to an FBS program, but could seek immediate playing time by transferring to an FCS or lower school.
May 14 - 4:48 PM

Pitt redshirt senior LB Jalen Williams will transfer as a graduate.

Initially signing on with the Panthers as a three-star safety recruit in the winter of 2014, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Williams transitioned over to linebacker following his redshirt freshman season in 2015. He appeared in 15 games during his time in the program and registered 11 tackles in that space. As a graduate transfer, Williams will be eligible to play immediately with his program-to-be during the coming campaign.
May 3 - 4:07 PM

Steelers signed Pittsburgh WR Quadree Henderson.

Henderson (5’8/192) turned pro after three seasons with the Pitt Panthers, logging 45 career catches and 98 rushing attempts as a gadget player on offense. He made his mark on special teams, scoring four kickoff return TDs and three on punt returns. Henderson showed underwhelming speed for his size in Indy, however, running 4.5-flat and testing as a 26th-percentile SPARQ athlete. Unlikely to become an offensive factor in the NFL, Henderson’s ticket to a career will come strictly in the return game.
May 3 - 11:37 AM

Texans signed Pitt WR Jester Weah.

Weah (6’2/211) was a two-year starter for the Pitt Panthers, logging a career 77/1,570/14 receiving line on a whopping 20.4 yards per catch. Weah’s athleticism popped at the Combine with 4.43 speed and a 38-inch vertical. A straight-line downfield threat who lacks short-area quickness (7.24 three-cone time) and shows inconsistent ball skills, Weah profiles as a Brice Butler-like lid-popping specialist.
May 2 - 8:04 PM

Eagles selected Pittsburgh CB Avonte Maddox with the No. 125 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Maddox (5’9/184) started 3 ½ years in Pitt's secondary, logging 13.5 career tackles for loss, 42 pass breakups, and eight interceptions, and earning third-team All-ACC as a senior. Maddox helped himself in Indy with a 4.39 forty, 37-inch vertical, and twitchy 6.51 three-cone time. Maddox is far too small to cover plus-sized perimeter wideouts, but he offers premium short-area quickness and is an aggressive tackler. He should shine on special teams and has slot corner potential.
Apr 28 - 1:23 PM

Buccaneers selected Pittsburgh S Jordan Whitehead with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Whitehead (5’10/198) turned pro after starting all three years for the Pitt Panthers, logging 15 career pass breakups and three interceptions and even dabbling on offense, where he averaged 8.4 yards per carry with three TDs on 43 rushing attempts. Whitehead never hit his ceiling in college due to later-career injuries and a three-game 2017 suspension, and battled a hamstring injury before the draft. Whitehead was a decorated recruit who underachieved in college, and an undersized strong safety with minimal cover skills. He’d do well to forge a Jahleel Addae-like career path.
Apr 28 - 1:17 PM

Vikings selected Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

O’Neill (6’7/297) turned pro as a redshirt junior after beginning his career at tight end, manning right tackle as a freshman and sophomore, and moving to left tackle in 2017, where he earned first-team All-ACC. PFF College credited O’Neill with the third-highest pass-blocking efficiency rating (98.3) in this year’s tackle class, and O’Neill allowed just one sack over his final 825 pass-blocking snaps at Pitt. O’Neill then crushed the Combine with 85th-percentile SPARQ results and measured in with 34 1/8-inch arms. O’Neill needs weight-room work to improve his core strength, but he offers numerous NFL left tackle traits.
Apr 27 - 9:10 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Pitt T Brian O'Neill has "a lot to work with."

The full quote: "You’ve got a lot to work with," one scout said. "He was one of the top fuel eliminators at the combine in terms of size, speed, quickness and agility. But he didn’t play very hard. He’s got a long ways to go. He was a former tight end. That’s where some of the lack of toughness and aggressiveness (stems) from." Another scout believes that O'Neill (6'7/294) is similar to Justin Pugh, and that the hope is he can develop into a left tackle. A team that believes that could take him in the first 40 picks, but even as a right tackle, he'll likely be off the board by the end of the second round.
Apr 26 - 6:29 PM

An NFC executive told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Pittsburgh CB Avonte Maddox is "shooting up" their draft board.

"He's really shooting up the board in our building," the executive told Zierlein. "Great tester but he shows it on tape with how athletic he is in coverage. I know our position coach thinks he can get a lot better with some work on his technique." Maddox also performed well at the East-West Shrine game in January, so it's been a good "off-season" for the 5-foot-9, 180-pound corner. Zierlein expects him to go early on Day 3, but he could sneak into Day 2 for a team looking for help at defending the slot.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 1:53 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Pitt WR Quadree Henderson to former Falcons WR Eric Weems.

Zierlein says Henderson (5'8/192) is a "Dangerous return specialist who offers potential value as a gadget slot. Henderson's lack of hesitation and his ability to get to top speed quickly and stay there is what gives him a shot at having early success as both a punt and kick returner." Weems was largely a special-teams player who never fully carved out a role for himself as a wide receiver, a solid comparison for Henderson. Zierlein projects Henderson to be a priority free agent or selected in the 7th round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Pittsburgh T Bryan O'Neill to Kansas City Chiefs T Jake Fisher.

Fisher was the first-pick of his draft class, which O'Neill obviously won't be. Fisher has also developed into a solid -- but not spectacular -- starting right tackle, which is what O'Neill also projects to be. He's one of the best athletes at the position, as Zierlein notes, but there are concerns about his core strength and inconsistent footwork. He gives O'Neill a Day 2 grade, but someone who falls in love with O'Neill's projection (6'7/305) and athleticism and snag him near the end of the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 11:39 PM


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