Good morning, the first faxes should start rolling into the Pitt offices in just a few minutes. I'll keep this space updated throughout the day as the players sign. I'll be bouncing around today, going to Clairton at 10 a.m. for Tyler Boyd's signing ceremony then over to the South Side at 3 p.m. to see what Paul Chryst has to say about this class. Your best bet is to follow me on Twitter @SWernerPG for all the latest updates.
1:28 p.m.: And that should do it. A few minutes ago, DT Jeremiah Taleni (6-2, 300 lbs) got his LOI in to Pitt all the way from Kailua, Hawaii. That wraps up Pitt's 2013 class, and I'll be heading over to the South Side soon to get Chryst's take on these 27 guys that will join Pitt next year.
10:49 a.m.: Breath easy, Pitt fans, Tyler Boyd's letter of intent is signed, sealed and delivered to the Pitt football offices. Boyd, Terrish Webb and Titus Howard all signed with Pitt at their high school this morning. I'll have much more, including quotes from all three in a separate blog post later, but this pretty much assures that it'll be an as-planned signing day for Pitt. All they're waiting on now is Jeremiah Taleni, who should be able to send his LOI in just over an hour.
9:53 a.m.: While I was en route to Clairton, basically the rest of Pitt's recruiting class faxed in their LOIs. No surprises so far. The only guys Chryst and staff are still waiting on are these three Clairton guys — WR Tyler Boyd, WR Terrish Webb and DB Titus Howard — and Kailua, Hawaii, DT Jeremiah Taleni. I still expect all three of the Clairton guys to sign with Pitt in a few minutes (though anything can happen) and Taleni can't fax his letter in until 7 a.m., Hawaiian time (noon eastern).
8:09 a.m.: Three more letters coming across the fax machine for Pitt. RB James Conner (6-2, 230 lbs), OL Dorian Johnson (6-5, 290 lbs) and TE Devon Edwards (6-4, 255 lbs) are now officially Pitt Panthers. Johnson is the crown jewel of this class, as Pitt's first Rivals.com five-star recruit since Jonathan Baldwin in 2008. He's a guy who could've played anywhere in the country and, even though he may redshirt as a freshman, should anchor the Panthers' offensive line for years to come. I'm getting ready to head off to Clairton for Tyler Boyd's announcement soon, so there may be some time before the next update, but I'll be active on Twitter (not while I'm driving, of course).
7:42 a.m.: The first batch of letters have come into the Pitt offices. So far, the Panthers have received signatures from OL Aaron Reese (6-5, 300 lbs), WR Zach Challingsworth (6-2, 185 lbs), DE Luke Maclean (6-3, 235 lbs) and K Chris Blewitt (5-9, 165). I would expect that the fax machine is whizzing at this point with other guys, especially Pennsylvania guys. Should get another batch as soon as the compliance office clear the faxes as they come in.