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Peace Ilegomah commits to Pitt

Pitt lands another 2017 basketball recruit

CBD Montverde C Peace Ilegomah has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.— Montverde Basketball (@MVABasketball) February 3, 2017

Pitt has landed their sixth basketball commitment for the 2017 season. Peace Ilegomah is a 6’11” center that is originally from Nigeria. He currently plays for Montverde Academy in Florida as a prep senior. He played for New Jersey power Roselle Catholic last season.

Ilegomah choose Pitt rather quickly after an offer came just yesterday. He had additional offers from DePaul and Saint Louis and some smaller schools. He looks like he will be a big body in the paint and is noted for his defensive presence, not so much for his offense at this point. At this late in the game, most big men are already taken. Pitt is certainly looking for potential and diamonds in the rough.

Kevin Stallings has been trying to make obvious in-roads at Montverde Academy, which is arguably the top prep basketball program in the country. Pitt already has an offer from four-star point guard Marcus Carr. They are also in pursuit of 6’10” big man Sandro Mamukelashvili. It is not a bad high school program to hang around for a college coach. There is always talent there.

Pitt has five open scholarships for next season, and they were filled once Shamiel Stevenson committed the other day. With Pitt adding Ilegomah today, it confirms a lot of speculation that some players may not be returning next season. I would still expect Pitt to look to add at least one, if not two more players in what will be a total rebuild.

Pitt hires offensive coordinator Shawn Watson

Losing offensive coordinator Matt Canada, it was going to be difficult to find someone that would fully appease the fanbase. Canada's offense for Pitt was unreal this year and to say he will be a tough act to follow is putting it mildly.

The Panthers finally made a hire after losing more than a month and a half ago in bringing aboard Shawn Watson. The connection is that he worked previously with head coach Pat Narduzzi at Miami of Ohio. Watson will also serve as the team's quarterbacks coach.

The good news is that Watson brings a ton of relevant/similar experience. He was not only a head coach for a few years at his Alma Mater Southern Illinois, but he was an offensive coordinator for nearly 15 years. Not only that, but he has been at some high-profile schools in that capacity, including Colorado (2000-05), Nebraska (2007-10), Louisville (2012-13), and Texas (2014-15 - assistant head coach for offense). Those few gaps he had in between weren't years of unemployment. Rather, he was a position coach for some of those seasons. His stops as a position coach include Illinois, Miami (OH), and Northwestern. Last year, he was at Indiana as a quality control coach (not a typo, I swear).

Watson had success at Louisville in developing Teddy Bridgewater and helping to turn him in an NFL signal-caller. He also did quite well at Colorado despite not having great quarterbacks, helping the Buffaloes to win four Division titles and one conference title.

One thing I always like about potential hires is finding guys at high-profile schools in the same position they are being hired for. They know what it takes to win at the P5 level and the job isn't going to be something out of their comfort level. Big time recruiting, etc., isn't going to be brand new to him. That's not to say Watson will work out here only that he's not going to come here and be completely out of his element. At the very least, he shouldn't be in over his head (i.e. see the Matt House hire).

The bad? His teams' successes have been a little mixed. Watson was run out of Texas and lost his playcalling responsibilities in his last year there. He was fired by Nebraska. In other words, this wasn't a guy leaving for greener pastures.

About that Texas gig, the last time he really served as an offensive coordinator wasn't pleasant. And if there's any reason to let the air out of balloon, it's from what he did there. His offense managed just three points in a 38-3 blowout loss to Notre Dame in 2015 and he was officially stripped of playcalling duties after just one game. But to be fair, it was more than that game that cost him. His 2014 offense with the Longhorns was nothing great, either. Texas put up only seven points against BYU. Only seven against Baylor. They were shut out by Kansas State. And the team managed only 17 combined points against TCU and Arkansas to close out that season. He had some success, but as you can see, almost half a season of complete dogs mixed in there.

Reviews on Watson are understandably somewhat mixed. This writeup talks about how things went downhill at Nebraska, but says it was in part to an injury at quarterback. Probably the easiest way to sum him up is that he has a lot of experience but only limited success.

So what type of offense will we see from Watson? Well, good luck with getting much of a handle on that. Here's a look at how others have described his style - sort of a blend between west coast offense and a spread, relying heavily on running backs. Despite the idea that that offense sounds pass-heavy, Watson is pretty clear that the running game is essential in that linked article above. That, of course, jives with how Narduzzi views the running game, too.

How Watson is able to utilize Pitt's numerous backs and also speedsters like Quadree Henderson and, part-time, Jordan Whitehead, on offense will be big. Does Pitt go back to a more predictable offense as they had with Jim Chaney? I doubt it but it will be up to Watson to keep defenses on their toes. In transfer quarterback Max Browne, big-play receiver Jester Weah, young but super talented tight ends, a solid offensive line, a killer fullback, and as many as five running backs that could probably start for other D-I teams, he has weapons.

I know a lot of people won't like the hire because he was run out of Texas in his last stint as a major offensive leader. But don't forget, Canada was also let go by North Carolina State before Pitt scooped him up and revitalized his career. That doesn't mean Watson will be due for the same type of success but Canada led Pitt to a lot of points this past year immediately after he was dropped by the Wolfpack. Just food for thought. The difference, of course, is that Canada's offenses didn't have nearly the kind of struggles that Watson's did at Texas.

One unnerving thing is that Watson apparently didn't impress too many folks after he was let go in Texas. That wasn't a huge surprise, I suppose, with how his offense performed there. Still, to end up doing quality control at Indiana for a guy with that much offensive coordinator experience at some bigger programs is a bit of a head-turner.  Full disclosure here - I don't know if Watson perhaps had other opportunities and turned them down, etc. But, on paper, that is quite a drop in assignment. And while his resume officially says he coached quarterbacks there, he literally only did so for a single game as Indiana was prepping for a bowl game. At any rate, he went from being an offensive coordinator at one of the biggest programs in the country to a QC guy for a lower-level P5 program.

I'm not going to get all bent of shape about this being a bad hire, etc. You would like to think with the kind of money Pitt was reportedly throwing around to try to keep both Chaney and Canada that there were some funds available to help them make a bigger splash. But perhaps this late in the game, there simply weren't great options available. But again, while the move might seem a little questionable on paper, I don't recall a ton of optimism around the Canada hire, either. I do think folks were probably a little more on board with that one but no one could have anticipated the amazing job he did here, either.

All hires have a wait and see attitude around them but that seems even more appropriate here.

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Ranking the 2017 Pitt football recruits

Jim takes a stab at ranking all of the Panthers’ newest recruits

With the 2017 recruiting class now wrapped up, it’s now time to take a look at what Pitt has coming into the program. In this day and age, we have many assets to evaluate recruits. In these rankings, I will link each player’s recruiting profiles from the four major sites, along with a Hudl or highlight tape.

Look, I’m not a scout or a football coach. My rankings may be a bit off, but I still want to paint a picture of what this class looks like. Feel free to discuss in the comments. It’s an exciting class with a few guys I think can make an immediate impact. And enjoy this for now, the class of 2018 watch has officially started.

The four recruiting sites rank the class in the following order.

ESPN - 31st

24/7 - 33rd

Rivals - 37th

Scout - 42nd

24. Kirk Christodoulou

6’1” 210 Punter Melbourne, Australia

Best Offers - N/A

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Highlights Commitment Story

Kirk Christodoulou is a rare international recruit for the Pitt football program. He comes from Australia, and more specifically ProKick Australia. The ProKick Australia program develops punters and kickers and sends them to America. A number of players have made it here and succeeded. Christodoulou should redshirt this upcoming season with Ryan Winslow back for his senior season. Beyond that, he will be expected to be the full-time punter beginning in 2018.

23. Owen Drexel

6’3” 270 Center Montclair, New Jersey (Montclair)

Best Offers - Rutgers, Air Force, Florida Atlantic

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Owen Drexel committed to Pitt back in June. He earned an offer by performing well at one of Pitt’s prospect camps. Drexel was not heavily recruited, but he comes in at a position of need. He will likely work at center, and that tends to be a position that is not heavily focused on by scouring services. Pitt has taken some hits on the depth chart on the offensive line lately, so Drexel could very well find himself on the two-deep depth chart after a redshirt.

22. Grant Carrigan

6’7” 250 Tight End Gibsonia, PA (Pine-Richland)

Best Offers - Wake Forest, Kent State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Grant Carrigan took a long path to get to Pitt. His high school career started at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman. He then moved to Weirton, West Virginia before finishing his high school career at Pine-Richland High School in Pittsburgh. Carrigan is a giant tight end prospect standing at 6’7”, but some believe he could play offensive line or even on the defensive line with his versatility. Given Pitt’s lack of depth at tight end, he should stick there for now. He was not highly recruited, but Pitt needs bodies at tight end.

21. Albert Tucker

6’2” 200 Outside Linebacker Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Best Offers - Colorado, Kentucky, Colorado State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Albert Tucker played for one of the best football programs in the country in his high school career. He was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Florida 7A state championship team this past season. The Panthers’ coaching staff actually found Tucker at a satellite camp back in the Summer and offered soon after. His recruiting profiles actually list Tucker as a defensive back, so he will need a year to add some muscle to play linebacker in the ACC. He will figure into Pitt’s “STAR” linebacker position, which focuses on speed and not so much size.

20. Darian Street

6’2” 170 Wide Receiver Bethlehem, PA (Easton)

Best Offers - Connecticut, Kent State, Army

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Darian Street is the younger brother of Pitt great receiver, Devin Street. Devin is second all-time in receptions in school history, so now we will see if the younger Street can live up to the expectations. Darian Street was a productive player for Easton High School in the Lehigh Valley during his prep career. He was not highly recruited, but I like his play-making ability more than most. He seems to glide with the ball in his hands, and makes some ridiculous catches as well. He will likely redshirt this season, but has the ability to find a role sometime after that.

19. Dontavius Butler

6’2” 200 Wide Receiver Plantation, Florida (American Heritage)

Best Offers - NC State, Temple, Toledo

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Dontavius Butler played for Florida powerhouse American Heritage High School. He finished this season with 23 receptions for 278 yards and four touchdowns this season while helping his team to the Florida 5A state championship. Butler’s lack of production is slightly concerning, but he looks the part physically. He should help add to the depth at wide receiver, and will likely take a redshirt this season.

18. Tyler Sear

6’5” 255 Tight End New Castle, Pennsylvania (Neshannock)

Best Offers - LSU, Temple, Cincinnati

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Tyler Sear was a team leader for nearby Neshannock High School in the WPIAL. He helped lead his team to the AA WPIAL title game before bowing out to fellow Pitt commit, Paris Ford and Steel Valley. Sear finished this season with 27 receptions for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was also a force on defense with 13 tackles for loss. He was once a Temple commitment, but a Pitt offer right before football season changed his mind. His strong play this season earned an offer from perennial power LSU, but he remained solid with Pitt throughout the process.

17. Jason Pinnock

6’1” 190 Cornerback Windsor, Connecticut (Windsor)

Best Offers - Boston College, Connecticut, Purdue

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jason Pinnock committed to Pitt late in the process. He visited Pittsburgh the weekend of January 13 and committed a few days later. The Connecticut product was a long time Boston College commitment, but an offer from Pitt and some interest from Notre Dame made him reevaluate his college choice. He’s a taller corner, and was a productive player in high school with 7 interceptions this past season. He fits the mold of corner that Narduzzi seems to like.

16. Gabe Houy

6’6” 270 Offensive Linemen Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Upper St. Clair)

Best Offers - Louisville, Maryland, Wake Forest

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Gabe Houy is a local product from nearby Upper St. Clair High School. It’s the second straight year USC has sent an offensive linemen to Pitt, as Brandon Ford took a redshirt this past season. Houy is an athletic linemen, and you have to like he’s a member of his high school basketball team. He needs to bulk up however, and a redshirt seems necessary.

15. Carson Van Lynn

6’6” 235 Defensive End Columbus, Ohio (Kilbourne)

Best Offers - West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Carson Van Lynn is a big athlete from the Columbus area. Most schools and recruiting services have Van Lynn pegged as an offensive lineman, but Pitt recruited him as a defensive end. He is just one of two defensive ends in the class. Van Lynn has a very big frame and seems like his position might not be settled. He could play on either side of the ball, and the staff will likely figure out where they like him best during a redshirt season.

14. Cameron Bright

6’1” 210 Outside Linebacker Montgomery, Alabama (Park Crossing)

Best Offers - Bowling Green, Miami (Oh)

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

OK, I’ll admit I like Cameron Bright more than any recruiting website. He was a highly productive player this past season for Park Crossing High School in Alabama. He had 16.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. He’s fast and can hit hard, and I think he fits in well for Pitt’s “star” linebacker position. Bright is a rare recruit from Alabama, but he played his junior season in Ohio, and the staff knew him from there.

13. Deslin Alexandre

6’5” 230 Defensive End Deerfield Beach, Florida (Deerfield Beach)

Best Offers - NC State, Syracuse, Rutgers

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Deslin Alexandre enrolled already, and is getting a head start on his fellow 2017 recruits. He visited Pitt during a successful official visit weekend back on December 13, and all 9 recruits that visited that weekend ended up with Pitt. Alexandre was a one-time NC State recruit but flipped to Pitt after the visit. He’s a big defensive end from Florida with loads of potential. He needs to work on his speed however.

12. Kyle Nunn

6’3” 190 Linebacker Findlay, Ohio (Findlay)

Best Offers - West Virginia, Northwestern, Iowa State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Kyle Nunn was one of Pitt’s longest standing commitments. He pledged during the Spring game of last year. Nunn is listed as a defensive back or an athlete by a lot of places, but the staff plans on using him as a linebacker. Nunn obviously needs to get stronger to play linebacker, but the athleticism is there.

11. Kenny Pickett

6’3” 190 Quarterback Oakhurt, New Jersey (Ocean Township)

Best Offers - North Carolina, Iowa, Boston College

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Pitt was able to hold on to Kenny Pickett without the benefit of an offensive coordinator. With a plan to enroll early and no offensive coordinator, conference rival North Carolina tried to swoop in and grab Pickett. Narduzzi was able to hold onto the quarterback prospect from New Jersey. Pitt initially flipped Pickett from Temple back in June after he visited Pitt for a camp. There is enough depth ahead of Pickett, so he should be able to redshirt this season and could compete for the starting job in 2018.

10. Michael Smith

6’2” 200 Wide Receiver Vero Beach, Florida (Vero Beach)

Best Offers - Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Washington State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Michael Smith was a member of that successful visit weekend of December 9. He took his time, but eventually committed to Pitt. Smith caught 24 touchdowns this season for Vero Beach HS, and was one of the biggest breakout players in the state of Florida. His senior season garnered attention from a lot of schools late in the process. Most notably, Pitt was able to beat out Notre Dame for his services. Smith is a speedy down field threat. He could redshirt, but he has a chance to work his way onto the field this season.

9. Kam Carter

6’4” 300 Defensive Tackle Gaithersburg, Maryland (East Mississippi CC)

Best Offers - Texas, Texas A&M, Louisville

24/7 Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Kam Carter had a long road to Pitt. He started out at Penn State, but was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. He then went to East Mississippi Community College to play for a season before earning an offer from Pitt. EMCC was the school that was profiled in the Netflix series Last Chance U. Carter was a big recruit out of high school as a four-star recruit from Maryland. Pitt offered him back then as well. Given Pitt’s depth and inexperience at defensive tackle, he should have a chance to play a lot this season.

8. Damarri Mathis

5’11” 180 Cornerback Lakeland, Florida (Lakeland)

Best Offers - Ole Miss, South Carolina, Louisville

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Damarri Mathis was originally a South Carolina commit. He opened things up and after a Pitt visit, he made the call to join the class. Mathis is one of two players from Lakeland High School in the class with his teammate AJ Davis committing yesterday. Pitt had to fight off some SEC schools for Mathis’ services. He’s an athletic corner that has a lot of skill. Given Pitt’s biggest weakness last year was corner, you can’t rule out Mathis from competing for playing time right away.

7. Jaylen Twyman

6’2” 310 Defensive Tackle Washington, D.C. (Woodson)

Best Offers - Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jaylen Twyman committed to Pitt weeks ago technically, but made it official yesterday on signing day. Twyman had a great offer sheet and is a talented defensive tackle. Pitt’s recruiting efforts on defensive tackle have been very impressive the past few seasons. Twyman probably has the luxury of redshirting this upcoming season, but he could push for playing time.

6. Jerry Drake Jr.

6’7” 310 Offensive Lineman Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Palm Beach Gardens)

Best Offers - Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jerry Drake was an off the radar recruit. Not due to his talent, but because it was a surprise name to hear. Drake is a massive offensive linemen from Florida with dozen or so offers. He wasn’t connected to Pitt until he visited, but he liked it enough to commit. Drake has a large frame for offensive line coach, John Peterson to work with, and my guess is he takes a redshirt this season.

5. Carter Warren

6’6” 320 Offensive Lineman Wayne, New Jersey (Passaic County Tech)

Best Offers - Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Carter Warren is a talented offensive line prospect from New Jersey. Like Drake, he is a massive player that should translate well to the college game. Warren had a ton of offers as well and he was a big recruiting win for Pitt. Actually, he committed when Pitt defeated Penn State, but revealed his commitment a month later.

4. Charles Reeves

6’5” 265 Tight End Steubenville, Ohio (Steubenville)

Best Offers - Alabama, Michigan, Penn State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Charles Reeves was introduced yesterday at 280 pounds so he is a big kid. After watching his Hudl tape however, he moves incredibly well for his size and position. Reeves was used a lot out wide as a wide receiver in high school. He has great athleticism and hands. Reeves just has the look of a player that can be special. Given that Pitt only has one scholarship tight end returning, Reeves could play a lot this upcoming season.

3. Todd Sibley

5’10” 210 Running Back Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)

Best Offers - Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia,

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Todd Sibley is a prolific running back from Ohio powerhouse Archbishop Hoban. He was once an Ohio State commitment, but the Buckeyes chose to go in another direction. Their loss is Pitt’s gain for sure. Sibley went to the Under Armor All American game in Florida this year and scored a touchdown in the game. He is a member of the ESPN300 rankings, and is considered one of the best backs in the country. He joins a crowded depth chart at running back, but he has as good of a shot as any to win the starting job.

2. A.J. Davis

5’11” 193 Running Back Lakeland, Florida (Lakeland)

Best Offers - Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

AJ Davis was a nice late addition to Pitt’s recruiting class. He waited until yesterday and chose the Panthers on ESPN’s national signing day broadcast special. Davis is a talented back with offers from seemingly everywhere. Like Sibley, he went to the Under Armor All American game, and was highly ranked by all of the recruiting services. Davis seems to be a bit faster than the other backs on Pitt’s roster, and could find a role immediately.

1 Paris Ford

6’1” 175 Safety Munhall, Pennsylvania (Steel Valley)

Best Offers - Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Paris Ford committed to Pitt, his hometown team, back in October of 2015. Not only is he the most talented player in the class, he seems to be the leader of it for having been committed for so long. Ford never wavered or visited anywhere, despite rumors and pursuits from many top programs. Ford is one of the best high school players in the country and he held offers from just about everywhere. He led Steel Valley to a dominant undefeated state championship this past season, his team mercy ruled every one of their opponents. I’m not saying he will start at Free Safety next year, but I’m also not betting against it either. He’s that good.

Rankings the Incoming Recruits

Ranking the 2017 Pitt Football recruiting class

With the 2017 recruiting class now wrapped up, it’s now time to take a look at what Pitt has coming into the program. In this day and age, we have many assets to evaluate recruits. In these rankings, I will link each player’s recruiting profiles from the four major sites, along with a Hudl or highlight tape.

Look, I’m not a scout or a football coach. My rankings may be a bit off, but I still want to paint a picture of what this class looks like. Feel free to discuss in the comments. It’s an exciting class with a few guys I think can make an immediate impact. And enjoy this for now, the class of 2018 watch has officially started.

The four recruiting sites rank the class in the following order.

ESPN - 31st

24/7 - 33rd

Rivals - 37th

Scout - 42nd

24. Kirk Christodoulou

6’1” 210 Punter Melbourne, Australia

Best Offers - N/A

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Highlights Commitment Story

Kirk Christodoulou is a rare international recruit for the Pitt football program. He comes from Australia, and more specifically ProKick Australia. The ProKick Australia program develops punters and kickers and sends them to America. A number of players have made it here and succeeded. Christodoulou should redshirt this upcoming season with Ryan Winslow back for his senior season. Beyond that, he will be expected to be the full-time punter beginning in 2018.

23. Owen Drexel

6’3” 270 Center Montclair, New Jersey (Montclair)

Best Offers - Rutgers, Air Force, Florida Atlantic

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Owen Drexel committed to Pitt back in June. He earned an offer by performing well at one of Pitt’s prospect camps. Drexel was not heavily recruited, but he comes in at a position of need. He will likely work at center, and that tends to be a position that is not heavily focused on by scouring services. Pitt has taken some hits on the depth chart on the offensive line lately, so Drexel could very well find himself on the two-deep depth chart after a redshirt.

22. Grant Carrigan

6’7” 250 Tight End Gibsonia, PA (Pine-Richland)

Best Offers - Wake Forest, Kent State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Grant Carrigan took a long path to get to Pitt. His high school career started at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman. He then moved to Weirton, West Virginia before finishing his high school career at Pine-Richland High School in Pittsburgh. Carrigan is a giant tight end prospect standing at 6’7”, but some believe he could play offensive line or even on the defensive line with his versatility. Given Pitt’s lack of depth at tight end, he should stick there for now. He was not highly recruited, but Pitt needs bodies at tight end.

21. Albert Tucker

6’2” 200 Outside Linebacker Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Best Offers - Colorado, Kentucky, Colorado State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Albert Tucker played for one of the best football programs in the country in his high school career. He was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Florida 7A state championship team this past season. The Panthers’ coaching staff actually found Tucker at a satellite camp back in the Summer and offered soon after. His recruiting profiles actually list Tucker as a defensive back, so he will need a year to add some muscle to play linebacker in the ACC. He will figure into Pitt’s “STAR” linebacker position, which focuses on speed and not so much size.

20. Darian Street

6’2” 170 Wide Receiver Bethlehem, PA (Easton)

Best Offers - Connecticut, Kent State, Army

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Darian Street is the younger brother of Pitt great receiver, Devin Street. Devin is second all-time in receptions in school history, so now we will see if the younger Street can live up to the expectations. Darian Street was a productive player for Easton High School in the Lehigh Valley during his prep career. He was not highly recruited, but I like his play-making ability more than most. He seems to glide with the ball in his hands, and makes some ridiculous catches as well. He will likely redshirt this season, but has the ability to find a role sometime after that.

19. Dontavius Butler

6’2” 200 Wide Receiver Plantation, Florida (American Heritage)

Best Offers - NC State, Temple, Toledo

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Dontavius Butler played for Florida powerhouse American Heritage High School. He finished this season with 23 receptions for 278 yards and four touchdowns this season while helping his team to the Florida 5A state championship. Butler’s lack of production is slightly concerning, but he looks the part physically. He should help add to the depth at wide receiver, and will likely take a redshirt this season.

18. Tyler Sear

6’5” 255 Tight End New Castle, Pennsylvania (Neshannock)

Best Offers - LSU, Temple, Cincinnati

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Tyler Sear was a team leader for nearby Neshannock High School in the WPIAL. He helped lead his team to the AA WPIAL title game before bowing out to fellow Pitt commit, Paris Ford and Steel Valley. Sear finished this season with 27 receptions for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was also a force on defense with 13 tackles for loss. He was once a Temple commitment, but a Pitt offer right before football season changed his mind. His strong play this season earned an offer from perennial power LSU, but he remained solid with Pitt throughout the process.

17. Jason Pinnock

6’1” 190 Cornerback Windsor, Connecitcut (Windsor)

Best Offers - Boston College, Connecticut, Purdue

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jason Pinnock committed to Pitt late in the process. He visited Pittsburgh the weekend of January 13 and committed a few days later. The Connecticut product was a long time Boston College commitment, but an offer from Pitt and some interest from Notre Dame made him reevaluate his college choice. He’s a taller corner, and was a productive player in high school with 7 interceptions this past season. He fits the mold of corner that Narduzzi seems to like.

16. Gabe Houy

6’6” 270 Offensive Linemen Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Upper St. Clair)

Best Offers - Louisville, Maryland, Wake Forest

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Gabe Houy is a local product from nearby Upper St. Clair High School. It’s the second straight year USC has sent an offensive linemen to Pitt, as Brandon Ford took a redshirt this past season. Houy is an athletic linemen, and you have to like he’s a member of his high school basketball team. He needs to bulk up however, and a redshirt seems necessary.

15. Carson Van Lynn

6’6” 235 Defensive End Columbus, Ohio (Kilbourne)

Best Offers - West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Carson Van Lynn is a big athlete from the Columbus area. Most schools and recruiting services have Van Lynn pegged as an offensive lineman, but Pitt recruited him as a defensive end. He is just one of two defensive ends in the class. Van Lynn has a very big frame and seems like his position might not be settled. He could play on either side of the ball, and the staff will likely figure out where they like him best during a redshirt season.

14. Cameron Bright

6’1” 210 Outside Linebacker Montgomery, Alabama (Park Crossing)

Best Offers - Bowling Green, Miami (Oh)

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

OK, I’ll admit I like Cameron Bright more than any recruiting website. He was a highly productive player this past season for Park Crossing High School in Alabama. He had 16.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. He’s fast and can hit hard, and I think he fits in well for Pitt’s “star” linebacker position. Bright is a rare recruit from Alabama, but he played his junior season in Ohio, and the staff knew him from there.

13. Deslin Alexandre

6’5” 230 Defensive End Deerfield Beach, Florida (Deerfield Beach)

Best Offers - NC State, Syracuse, Rutgers

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Deslin Alexandre enrolled already, and is getting a head start on his fellow 2017 recruits. He visited Pitt during a successful official visit weekend back on December 13, and all 9 recruits that visited that weekend ended up with Pitt. Alexandre was a one-time NC State recruit but flipped to Pitt after the visit. He’s a big defensive end from Florida with loads of potential. He needs to work on his speed however.

12. Kyle Nunn

6’3” 190 Linebacker Findlay, Ohio (Findlay)

Best Offers - West Virginia, Northwestern, Iowa State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Kyle Nunn was one of Pitt’s longest standing commitments. He pledged during the Spring game of last year. Nunn is listed as a defensive back or an athlete by a lot of places, but the staff plans on using him as a linebacker. Nunn obviously needs to get stronger to play linebacker, but the athleticism is there.

11. Kenny Pickett

6’3” 190 Quarterback Oakhurt, New Jersey (Ocean Township)

Best Offers - North Carolina, Iowa, Boston College

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Pitt was able to hold on to Kenny Pickett without the benefit of an offensive coordinator. With a plan to enroll early and no offensive coordinator, conference rival North Carolina tried to swoop in and grab Pickett. Narduzzi was able to hold onto the quarterback prospect from New Jersey. Pitt initially flipped Pickett from Temple back in June after he visited Pitt for a camp. There is enough depth ahead of Pickett, so he should be able to redshirt this season and could compete for the starting job in 2018.

10. Michael Smith

6’2” 200 Wide Receiver Vero Beach, Florida (Vero Beach)

Best Offers - Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Washington State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Michael Smith was a member of that successful visit weekend of December 9. He took his time, but eventually committed to Pitt. Smith caught 24 touchdowns this season for Vero Beach HS, and was one of the biggest breakout players in the state of Florida. His senior season garnered attention from a lot of schools late in the process. Most notably, Pitt was able to beat out Notre Dame for his services. Smith is a speedy down field threat. He could redshirt, but he has a chance to work his way onto the field this season.

9. Kam Carter

6’4” 300 Defensive Tackle Gaithersburg, Maryland (East Mississippi CC)

Best Offers - Texas, Texas A&M, Louisville

24/7 Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Kam Carter had a long road to Pitt. He started out at Penn State, but was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. He then went to East Mississippi Community College to play for a season before earning an offer from Pitt. EMCC was the school that was profiled in the Netflix series Last Chance U. Carter was a big recruit out of high school as a four-star recruit from Maryland. Pitt offered him back then as well. Given Pitt’s depth and inexperience at defensive tackle, he should have a chance to play a lot this season.

8. Damarri Mathis

5’11” 180 Cornerback Lakeland, Florida (Lakeland)

Best Offers - Ole Miss, South Carolina, Louisville

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Damarri Mathis was originally a South Carolina commit. He opened things up and after a Pitt visit, he made the call to join the class. Mathis is one of two players from Lakeland High School in the class with his teammate AJ Davis committing yesterday. Pitt had to fight off some SEC schools for Mathis’ services. He’s an athletic corner that has a lot of skill. Given Pitt’s biggest weakness last year was corner, you can’t rule out Mathis from competing for playing time right away.

7. Jaylen Twyman

6’2” 310 Defensive Tackle Washington, D.C. (Woodson)

Best Offers - Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jaylen Twyman committed to Pitt weeks ago technically, but made it official yesterday on signing day. Twyman had a great offer sheet and is a talented defensive tackle. Pitt’s recruiting efforts on defensive tackle have been very impressive the past few seasons. Twyman probably has the luxury of redshirting this upcoming season, but he could push for playing time.

6. Jerry Drake Jr.

6’7” 310 Offensive Lineman Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Palm Beach Gardens)

Best Offers - Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Jerry Drake was an off the radar recruit. Not due to his talent, but because it was a surprise name to hear. Drake is a massive offensive linemen from Florida with dozen or so offers. He wasn’t connected to Pitt until he visited, but he liked it enough to commit. Drake has a large frame for offensive line coach, John Peterson to work with, and my guess is he takes a redshirt this season.

5. Carter Warren

6’6” 320 Offensive Lineman Wayne, New Jersey (Passaic County Tech)

Best Offers - Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Carter Warren is a talented offensive line prospect from New Jersey. Like Drake, he is a massive player that should translate well to the college game. Warren had a ton of offers as well and he was a big recruiting win for Pitt. Actually, he committed when Pitt defeated Penn State, but revealed his commitment a month later.

4. Charles Reeves

6’5” 265 Tight End Steubenville, Ohio (Steubenville)

Best Offers - Alabama, Michigan, Penn State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Charles Reeves was introduced yesterday at 280 pounds, he is a big kid. After watching his hudl tape however, he moves incredibly well for his size and position. Reeves was used a lot out wide as a wide receiver in high school. He has great athleticism and hands. Reeves just has the look of a player that can be special. Given that Pitt only has one scholarship tight end returning, Reeves could play a lot this upcoming season.

3. Todd Sibley

5’10” 210 Running Back Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)

Best Offers - Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia,

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Todd Sibley is a prolific running back from Ohio powerhouse Archbishop Hoban. He was once an Ohio State commitment, but the Buckeyes chose to go in another direction. Their loss is Pitt’s gain for sure. Sibley went to the Under Armor All American game in Florida this year and scored a touchdown in the game. He is a member of the ESPN300 rankings, and is considered one of the best backs in the country. He joins a crowded depth chart at running back, but he has as good of a shot as any to win the starting job.

2. A.J. Davis

5’11” 193 Running Back Lakeland, Florida (Lakeland)

Best Offers - Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

AJ Davis was a nice late addition to Pitt’s recruiting class. He waited until yesterday and chose the Panthers on ESPN’s national signing day broadcast special. Davis is a talented back with offers from seemingly everywhere. Like Sibley, he went to the Under Armor All American game, and was highly ranked by all of the recruiting services. Davis seems to be a bit faster than the other backs on Pitt’s roster, and could find a role immediately.

1 Paris Ford

6’1” 175 Safety Munhall, Pennsylvania (Steel Valley)

Best Offers - Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State

24/7 ESPN Rivals Scout Hudl Commitment Story

Paris Ford committed to Pitt, his hometown team, back in October of 2015. Not only is he the most talented player in the class, he seems to be the leader of it for having been committed for so long. Ford never wavered or visited anywhere, despite rumors and pursuits from many top programs. Ford is one of the best high school players in the country and he held offers from just about everywhere. He led Steel Valley to a dominant undefeated state championship this past season, his team mercy ruled every one of their opponents. I’m not saying he will start at Free Safety next year, but I’m also not betting against it either. He’s that good.

Pat Narduzzi improving the overall quality of Pitt football recruits

Pitt's 2017 football recruiting class is in the books (or close to it, I suppose). And while Pat Narduzzi and company didn't land a slew of four-star and five-star commits to vault the program into a top 10 or 20 class, the program is slowly starting to weed out the number of offers they are doling out to lower-level guys.

There is, of course, value in two-star players. Rori Blair, for instance, was one of the team's top defensive ends and was a starter this season with Dewayne Hendrix out. Devin Street came in as a two-star recruit and left as the school's statistical receiving leader. And that's not even to mention that the recruiting site rankings are not an exact science. But as a general rule, you always want to avoid a class with too many of those types of players because, by and large, they are absolute gambles. Taking four, five, and six of them in a class can absolutely hurt. Doing it year after year means that you could have 20-25% of your roster eaten up by them, which is far too many.

Pitt has had its fair share of two-star players come through the doors and has typically relied on several to help fill out rosters. But the good news is that, lately, they are taking fewer of them. Here's a look at the number of Rivals two-star players going back ten years in each recruiting class (leaving kickers out of the discussion):

2008 - 4

2009 - 5

2010 - 1

2011 - 9

2012 - 2

2013 - 7

2014 - 4

2015 - 5

2016 - 3

2017 - 1

It should also be noted that the class of 2012 included only 16 players. That made the two they took less impressive.

Another thing to note is that coaches can sometimes take two-star players that become three-star players by the time they sign. I didn't account for that but since I didn't count it in any season, it should be less of a factor overall.

The bottom line here is that Narduzzi has really started weeding out taking the lower-level guys. It's not that Pitt won't ever take any. Coaches will always see what they perceive as a diamond in the rough and even programs bigger than Pitt take some. But the recent trend suggests that they are trying to get away from that a bit more and bringing in better players. Narduzzi did take in five of them in 2015 but that was because he had little time to put the class together as he was hired shortly before National Signing Day.

As you'll notice, the four two-star players he has taken in the two years since then are the fewest the school has had in any two years in the ten-year span mentioned above.

There's little doubt that Pitt eventually needs to land a few more four- and five-star players to get their classes into the Top 20. To get to the upper echelon of college football, you have to recruit lights out and get the best of the best. But one thing that shouldn't be forgotten is that Pitt is at least moving in the right direction by taking fewer less heralded players. Three-star players are much less of a gamble and the more of those you can get over two-star guys can be a significant factor in winning more games.

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Pitt 2017 football recruiting class review

Pitt came into the day with 22 verbal commits for the 2017 football recruiting class. All got in by 10:00 a.m. and in relatively short order. Unlike past years, there was no sweating it out for any of the known committed guys. In fact, the most angst was for two kids that Pitt was hoping to get - defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman and four-star running back A.J. Davis. Those both went the Panthers' way, too, as Twyman committed first and was followed by Davis earlier this afternoon.

Both of those kids were big gets.

Davis is listed as Rivals' 14th best running back and had a slew of huge offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and countless others. That Pitt was able to get a kid like that from Florida over all of those schools is nothing short of incredible, despite the potential help from teammate and fellow commit Demarri Mathis, as Jim alluded to in his writeup earlier today.

Twyman, too, had a ton of offers, including some big time schools such as Florida, Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

In all, the class isn't spectacular by any means. There are three four-star players and zero five-stars, while ranking 33rd by Rivals. But there's also plenty be excited about here.  Here's why, overall, I'm pretty happy with the class.

Florida Connections

I've long said that I don't particularly care where Pitt gets its talent from as long as they get it. That remains true. But it also behooves the program to be able to branch out as much as possible and pluck kids from areas away from Pennsylvania. The Panthers used to have a pretty decent connection to Florida kids and this year got nearly 1/3 of their entire class from the state, headlined by Davis. Seven Florida kids signed and the Panthers also got Cameron Bright from Alabama and Kam Carter from JUCO in Mississippi.

Again, I don't think Pitt has to get guys from Florida, etc. But the more they are able to branch out and increase awareness of the brand, the better. Only five kids came in from Pennsylvania and when you struggle like Pitt did with some of the bigger in-state talent, it's imperative to be able to go elsewhere. I maintain that getting western Pennsylvania/Ohio-area players is very important because that is simply where Pitt will continually have its best shot at getting four- and five-star players. But when that falls through, as it did last year, you need to be able to go outside of the state and have success.

Running Back Depth

One area Pat Narduzzi shouldn't be hurting in the next few years is at running back. The Panthers already have a pretty strong group slated to come back next season in Chawntez Moss, Darrin Hall, and Qadree Ollison. Now, add two four-star guys to the mix in Davis and Todd Sibley. Even all of the veterans don't return, Pitt should be set at running back for at least the next three seasons.

All five guys won't be dynamite and we already sort of know what we have with Hall and Ollison. But someone will emerge out of Moss, Davis, and Sibley and the Panthers' backfield has a ton of potential if guys stay healthy.

Restocking the Offensive Line

Pitt didn't get a big name guy as they have in the past with guys like Dorian Johnson, Alex Bookser, and Adam Bisnowaty, but that they added five offensive linemen was great to see. And while there aren't any four-five star guys among the group of Jerry Drake, Gabe Huoy, Carson Van Lynn, Owen Drexel, and Carter Warren, don't forget, Pitt has been able to develop some guys in the past. T.J. Clemmings, one of the Panthers' best tackles in recent memory, was a converted defensive lineman. Brian O'Neill, one of the team's starters, was a converted tight end.

Plus, some of the offers held by this group were very impressive. Drake was wanted by Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma, and numerous others. Louisville was after Huoy. West Virginia and many others offered Van Lynn. Michigan, Penn State, and plenty of others offered Warren. These guys collectively were pretty desired players.

The Panthers' five offensive linemen are among the most they've taken in the past 15 years or so and are the most since 2013 when they also took five.

Lack of Two-Star Players

Plenty of two-star players turn out to be capable contributors for teams. We all know that. But you also don't want a class consisting of a bunch of them, which Pitt has sometimes had in the past. I'll have a separate article coming on this later, but without giving too much of that away, the Panthers have generally had 3-4 in each class. This year? Aside from Australian kicker Kirk Christodoulou, they had only one (according to Rivals) in Drexel. And even in that case, Pitt recruited four other offensive linemen so they are well-stocked there, anyway.

Pitt is still trying to find a way to lure more four-star and five-star guys. And there's no doubt that head coach Pat Narduzzi has work to do in that regard. But the Panthers are also not taking nearly as many flyers on lower-level guys, and that's a good thing.

Focus on Defensive Backs

There's no doubt that the secondary was Pitt's biggest weakness this season. Aside from offensive line, where Pitt brought in five players, the Panthers' four scholarships at defensive back were the most of any unit. Kyle Nunn is also capable of playing safety but his position is unknown right now. That could give the program five players in the secondary if he winds up there.

The group is, of course, led by top recruit Paris Ford. And while there aren't any players that look like sure things after him (the other three, Mathis, Jason Pinnock, and Albert Tucker, are all three-star guys), all Pitt really should need is a couple to develop into strong starters. Even a couple of misses among that group shouldn't kill Pitt as long as they can get Hamlin to develop and add a player or two in other classes.

Tight End Depth

Beyond emerging star Jester Weah, Pitt still has questions at wide receiver. But the Panthers shouldn't have many questions at tight end going forward. The team has former No. 1 tight end recruit Chris Clark ready to get onto the field in 2017. Along with him, they added three more tight ends to the roster in four-star recruit Charles Reeves, Tyler Sear, and Grant Carrigan. Reeves, in particular, was a huge get as he had offers from Alabama, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and plenty of others.

With so much depth, it isn't inconceivable to see someone change positions. But even if someone does, the position looks to be in great hands for the next three years at the very least.

As I said, this isn't a top ten class with huge names. But I like quite a bit of what Pitt did here and some of these offers several guys got were flat out incredible. Pitt was able to build a stronger class consisting more of three-star players than ones that were only rated as two-star players and the recruiting is, in general, heading in the right direction. Narduzzi very quietly put together a pretty strong class, in my opinion.

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UnScripted: The Cardiac Hill Podcast w/ Corey Cohen (Signing Day)

Corey and Jim discuss every angle to Pitt Football’s Signing Day

In this episode of UnScripted: The Cardiac Hill Podcast, Corey Cohen welcomes Jim Hammett to discuss everything involving Signing Day for Pitt Football. They grade Narduzzi's class, break down strengths and weaknesses by position, and decide who will be the surprise breakout of the group.

AJ Davis commits to Pitt

A four-star running back picks Pitt on national TV

It's like Christmas in February... Hope we get what we want!! 1:00 PM on ESPN2. #SteelCity17— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) February 1, 2017

Pat Narduzzi certainly knows how to keep a secret. Well, not really. That tweet got everyone running to a TV to put on ESPN2 just in time to see Lakeland, Florida running AJ Davis commit to the Pitt Panthers on national television. This announcement should wrap up the class of 2017 at 24 commitments.

AJ Davis is now the second four-star running back to commit to the Pitt Panthers for this recruiting cycle, joining Ohio native Todd Sibley. With James Conner leaving early, it’s nice to have some serious talent entering the fold at the position next season. AJ Davis is graded as a four-star by three of the four major recruiting outlets. He is #147 on the ESPN300 rankings, and ranked #247 on the RIvals250 rankings. Both sites call him the 14th running back in the nation.

Not only did Davis pick Pitt over Louisville and South Florida on ESPN2 today, he had a host of additional offers. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Oklahoma just to name a few. He is a teammate of already signed Pitt recruit, Damarri Mathis, which many suspect helped Pitt get into the mix.

Pitt finishes the class with seven recruits out of the state of Florida. It has been an added emphasis by this staff to hit the Sunshine State hard, and it’s paying off this cycle. Davis is the first four-star Florida recruit to commit to Pitt since Conredge Collins back in 2005. We’ll see how the class finishes in the final team rankings sometime tomorrow, as there are still moving parts the rest of the day for other schools across the country.

'Rudy' fans: Notre Dame jersey, helmet sold at NFL auction

College football fans were not left out of the excitement during Super Bowl weekend in Houston.Rudy Ruettiger, whose rise from a struggling student with dyslexia to a member of the Notre Dame football team and was immortalized in the hit 1993 film, "Rudy," parted with memorabilia for an NFL auction that benefited charities.

Ruettiger's Notre Dame gear was auctioned off Saturday for $241,500, according to The Associated Press

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Ruettiger auctioned off the helmet and jersey he wore on Nov. 8, 1975, during the one game he played in for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After football, Ruettiger has gone on to have a successful career as a motivational speaker.

Pat Signal: Jaylen Twyman commits to Pitt

The Panthers land a big time defensive tackle

PITT IS IT! #H2P #SteelCity17 #SilentAssassin— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 18, 2017

Pitt has landed defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman from Washington DC. This commitment could be dated back to January 18, as Pat Narduzzi put out a Pat Signal on Twitter with the hint that it could be a silent commitment. After Pat Narduzzi’s initial tweet, Twyman came out and said he was cancelling his upcoming visit to Missouri, which led to speculation of him being the possible commitment. He announced today on National Letter of Intent day and confirmed he will be joining Pitt’s 2017 recruiting class at his high school.

.@JaylenTwyman announces he is committed to @Pitt_FB pic.twitter.com/zWy29YXjCl— Eric Goldwein (@EricGoldweinWP) February 1, 2017

Jaylen Twyman is a 6’2” 310 pound defensive tackle from our nation’s capital. He played for Woodson High School, and helped lead them to an 11-2 season. Twyman is a four-star by ESPN, while Rivals, Scout, and 24-7 all call him a three-star recruit. His recruitment came down to Pitt, South Carolina, and Missouri, but he also held offers from Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, and Michigan State among others.

Twyman becomes the second defensive tackle commitment for the 2017 recruiting class joining Kam carter. He is the 23rd recruit overall. Interestingly enough, he becomes the first recruit from the DMV (Washington D.C. metro area), and that’s an area I expected Pitt to hit more.

Pitt had a strong year of recruiting defensive tackles last season, and adding Twyman only adds to the depth and talent pool Pat Narduzzi is looking to build inside. With Tyrique Jarrett and Shakir Soto graduating, there will be plenty of snaps available for some young defensive tackles. Given Pitt’s increasing depth, Twyman may be afforded the luxury of redshirting.

As you well know, today national letter of intent day. Pitt still has one recruit they are waiting on potentially. AJ Davis, a four-star running back from Florida plans to announce today at 1:20 on ESPNU. Beyond that, the class appears to be done.

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