Counting down to signing day 2014: Wide receivers

Written by Sam Werner on .

Another day, another look at the high school seniors expected to sign with Pitt in exactly one week. Today, let's take a look at the receiving corps Pitt will bring in this year...

Verbal commitments:
Adonis Jennings (6-3, 190 lbs)
Timber Creek High School (Sicklerville, N.J.)
Rivals: 4*, No. 38 WR
Scout: 3*, No. 92 WR
247: 4*, No. 43 WR

Elijah Zeise (6-2, 185 lbs)
North Allegheny High School (Wexford, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, No. 98 WR
Scout: 3*, No. 102 WR
247: 3*, No. 38 ATH

Jaquan Davidson (6-2, 173 lbs)
Elizabeth Forward High School (Elizabeth, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 136 WR
247: 3*, No. 20 Dual-threat QB

At the end of the day, the relatively late commitment of Adonis Jennings may be one of the most important Pitt got in this class. Just as it was this season, wide receiver is a bit of a question mark heading into 2014. Tyler Boyd will obviously be the star, but the starting job across from him is wide open, as are the other rotation spots at the position. That said, there are a lot of guys who could be contenders for that spot. In terms of returning guys, I would expect Kevin Weatherspoon and Chris Wuestner to be contenders for playing time, and the group will get a boost from the return of Ronald Jones and the addition of Dontez Ford. Pitt also had three guys (Zach Challingsworth, Reggie Green and Jester Weah) redshirt this year who could battle for playing time next year. From what I hear, Challingsworth seems like the most likely to grab a starting job.
Even with all those guys, though. Jennings will definitely be in the mix for playing time. He's got a really nice frame at 6-3 and 190 pounds and, from watching some of his tape, he looks a little bit faster than maybe people are giving him credit for. While I think at least one or two of the younger, less-heralded guys on the roster will pan out as good college receivers, it's nice to have a guy with Jennings' pedigree on the roster.
Zeise and Davidson are both probably redshirt candidates, but both have some potential long-term. Zeise is a really good, long, athlete who still has room to put some weight on and could end up as a really good physical receiver. Davidson is a bit smaller, but looks much faster than his rankings might indicate.

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