Courtesy of Pittsburgh Athletics
PITTSBURGH â€“ Coming off a 10-win season and Top 15 finish in the national polls, the Pitt football program continued its upward trend today by signing a recruiting class that is already earning praise as one of the best in the Big East and nationally.
Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt introduced the 24-player class this afternoon at his annual National Letter of Intent Day press conference held in the Panthersâ€™ locker room at Heinz Field.
â€œWe had an outstanding season on the field this fall and that momentum carried over to our coachesâ€™ recruiting efforts,â€ Wannstedt said. â€œProspects are recognizing the national emergence of our program and they want to be part of that. These young men want to help Pitt football continue its rise and be part of an outstanding institution like the University of Pittsburgh.â€
Pittâ€™s class is comprised of players from six different states. In addition to Pennsylvania, the Panthersâ€™ recruiting arm stretched to Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
Pittâ€™s 2010 class includes:
· Eight players who were named to the 2009 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Team, including two-time first-team honorees in defensive lineman Aaron Donald (Penn Hills), quarterback Anthony Gonzalez (Liberty) and receiver Kevin Weatherspoon (Clairton).
· Defensive lineman T.J. Clemmings, the No. 1 overall prospect in New Jersey according to Scout.com.
· Bryan Murphy and Brandon Sacco, two all-state linemen from New Jerseyâ€™s Don Bosco Prep, which finished No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 high school football poll.
· The top-rated quarterback prospect in Ohio according to Rivals.com in Mark Myers, who threw for 2,127 yards and 20 touchdowns as a first-team all-state performer for Clevelandâ€™s St. Ignatius.
· Scout.comâ€™s top-rated running back in Virginia in T.J. Peeler (Broad Run), who rushed for 2,199 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.
· Defensive back/receiver Todd Thomas, a former Beaver Falls standout who starred at Milford Academy (N.Y.) this past fall and is considered the No. 4 prep school prospect in the country according to Rivals.com. Thomas was a three-time all-state selection at Beaver Falls from 2006-08
· Two players from perennial Maryland power DeMatha Catholic, including consensus all-state offensive lineman Shane Johnson and defensive back Jeff Knox.
· Nine players who won at least one state championship during their high school careers.
One member of the Panthersâ€™ 2010 class, defensive back Saheed Imoru, enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in January and will participate in spring drills. Imoru was a standout cornerback at Navarro Junior College in Texas.
2010 Pitt Football Recruits
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Prep School
Derrick Burns DB 5-11 205 New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington Area
Brendan Carozzoni TE 6-4 220 Rocky River, Ohio/St. Ignatius
Drew Carswell WR 6-4 210 McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox
T.J. Clemmings DL 6-6 280 Teaneck, N.J./Paterson Catholic
Arthur Doakes OL 6-6 325 Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon
Aaron Donald DL 6-0 270 Verona, Pa./Penn Hills
Andre Givens RB 5-10 185 Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard
Anthony Gonzalez QB 6-3 215 Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty
Brandon Ifill DB 6-1 190 Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills
Saheed Imoru* DB 5-10 190 Houston, Texas/Navarro J.C./Alief Hastings H.S.
Shane Johnson OL 6-5 295 Ft. Washington, Md./DeMatha Catholic
Jeff Knox DB 6-2 205 Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha Catholic
Khaynin Mosley-Smith DL 6-0 290 Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills
Bryan Murphy DL 6-3 245 Monroe, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)
Mark Myers QB 6-4 225 Pepper Pike, Ohio/St. Ignatius
T.J. Peeler RB 6-1 210 Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Matt Rotheram OL 6-6 300 North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted
Brandon Sacco OL 6-3 255 Long Valley, N.J./Don Bosco Prep
Dan Schneider TE 6-4 240 Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake
Todd Thomas DB/WR 6-2 205 Beaver Falls, Pa./Beaver Falls/
Kevin Weatherspoon WR 5-10 170 Clairton, Pa./Clairton
Eric Williams LB 6-3 215 Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury
Kâ€™Waun Williams DB 5-10 175 Paterson, N.J./St. Joseph Regional
Salath Williams WR 6-3 200 Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
*enrolled January â€™10