Pitt has addressed a big area of concern today by landing linebacker Shane Gordon. With Gordon and Mason, Pitt now has 2 legitimate solid prospects to become linebackers of the future. I will say that I was surprised with the Gordon commitment as I thought some of the other schools may be a little more lucrative for him, but in the end he chose Pitt.
One thing you will see posted every where is that he is a "soft-verbal". Don't read too much into that folks. The only reason he is listed as that is due to his visit to Kansas this weekend. While Shane has said he is not sure if he is going to go or not, I fully expect him to make the trip. I, however, do not expect him to waver from his commitment. He has friends on the team and a teammate headed here in the summer with him.
I think that Shane could be a star of this class down the road. I, like many others, feel that Florida is one area we cannot allow to go untapped for the Panthers. We should, and hopefully will, remain a player with many of the prospects in Florida. We have had luck with the guys we have pulled from there not only because of our scouting abilities, but also because there is an abundance of talent in Florida.
Another impact of this signing is that we are now 5 scholarships ahead of where we thought we would be at the beginning of this season. Only a few months ago it looked as if we were only going to take around 14-16 guys, and with the list we had it did not look that impressive. Now we are up to 20 with some good players coming in for next year.
We are still heavily recruiting 3 others: Bush, Holmes, and Evans. If we are able to land at least 2 of those 3 guys, this class will have went from being a decent class to a very strong class. Landing all 3 would make this a great class.
We are still showing some interest in some other guys but no real noise is being made as the 3 above are our main targets and rounding out with those 3 would put a close on our 2009 recruits. If we do lose one or two of those guys then some others will eventually pop up as we have seen in the past. Hopefully Evans enjoys his visit this weekend and tells Wanny and staff that he is on board with us.