4-1-Zoo: Pitt’s 2012 Recruiting Class Getting High Reviews

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — While Pitt’s on-field performance in Todd Graham’s first year as head coach has left a lot to be desired, his work on the recruiting trail certainly hasn’t.

Graham and staff appear to already have the running back and quarterback of the future in Rushel Shell and Chad Voytik committed to play for Pitt. All told, the coaching staff has gotten 18 commits, putting them near the top in the country as far as size of recruiting class goes.

What’s more, the quality of that class has caught the eye of several recruiting sites.

Sports Illustrated recently put out its top 50 recruiting classes for 2012 and Pitt came in at 26th, once spot ahead of West Virginia and 10 behind Penn State.

Other lists have Pitt ranked even higher. Scout.com has Pitt at No. 20, one ahead of WVU and one behind PSU. Rivals.com has Pitt at 35th, ahead of WVU (41st) and behind PSU (22nd).

What seems to be unanimous among all recruiting services is Pitt has the best class in the Big East right now for 2012. That should be comforting to Pitt fans that worried about recruiting when Dave Wannstedt — a great recruiter — was fired.

Top Incoming Recruits:

RB — Rushel Shell, Hopewell High School
QB — Chad Voytik, Cleveland High School (TN)
LB — Dakota Conwell, Upper St. Clair High School
WR — Corey Jones, Penn Hills High School

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog


    Shell Voytik and Bisnowaty are the only decent playmakers this class is middle of the road at best and PITT will never have a top ten class so your homer dreams of that need to be forgotten. HIGH OCTANE AND TODD GRAHAM are FRAUDS this team will be garbage for years and when tey move to the ACC they will be similar to DUKE this is football I’m talking not basketball. They stink

  • Hugh Green Fan Club

    Reality Check is right on! By the time the ‘system’ has ‘its players’, the ACC will be sorry they took Pitt. It is a real shame. They will never have sellouts anytime soon but will continue to have stupid rap music blaring OVER THE BAND and we will always watch the student section clear out after Sweet Caroline. WHO CARES ANYMORE? Bring back the Maulers!


    Grapes you r a true Homer with no real sports knowledge or ability probably for that matter. Let me guess you were the kid on your little league team that played right field. Your coach told you it was an important position, I’m sure you believed him and while batting ninth in the order you had dreams of playing for a PITT sports program. Look at you now. Let me guess HIGH OCTANE is keeping you standing too right? Know something before making stupid comments and funny while you had your personal rant going on you decided to say if PITT only recruited a qb taller than 5’11 only sports knowledge you have cocerning recruiting. Besides Voytik is better than TINO (WHO IS PROBABLY YOUR BOY) right now and Trey Anderson had virtually no scholarship offers but everyone on the fan says hewas highly recruited. Voytik will end up like Bostic if he comes here just an afterthought. PITT hasn’t had a great QB since Marino and wont for a long time. My hope is that VOYTIK doesn’t sign with PITT decommits and goes somewhere else where he will play, for a GOOD team.

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  • Grapes

    Posting as the same person three times? lol

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