What did Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi think of the players in Pitt's 2016 recruiting class? You can see his quotes on the offensive players here, and here's a rundown of his comments on the new Panthers on the defensive side of the ball...
Keyshon Camp, DL, 6-4, 275 lbs; Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson HS
"A big, big football player. You may have seen, if you follow Twitter enough — I know some of you guys do — he made a big snow angel at the middle of Heinz Field. That was him. That was his body. By the size of that angel, you know that's the guy. Josh Conklin did an unbelievable job staying on him. He was originally to USC, Southern Cal. Josh did a great job staying on him. When things didn't quite go how Keyshon wanted, he fell into our lap and we were able to gain his trust. Keyshon's going to be an unbelievable player for us. Defensive tackle, but athletic enough to play defensive end. He can fit several different molds there."
Phil Campbell, DB/RB, 6-1, 195 lbs; Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick HS
"He'll start off at the safety position, unless [running backs] coach [Andre] Powell has something to do with it. Coach Salem recruits New Jersey, New York area, really all of New England. Did a great job with Phil. Tremendous athlete, athletic safety. Could be a tailback as well. We'll see where our needs take us, and he knows that. Phil's a tremendous person with a great family."
Therran Coleman, DB, 6-0, 190 lbs; Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear HS
"From Brashear High School here in the city. Champion. Will play corner for us. Tall, athletic, has great ball skills. Will just add to our secondary in every way. He's probably the most mature player we have in our program, really. When you talk to him, he is focused and locked in to what he wants to do. He works out about every day with his dad. Maybe too much. He does an unbelievable job in every aspect of his life, and he's a great student."
Bricen Garner, DB, 6-1, 175 lbs; Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic HS
"He is a great football player, probably one of the most underrated players in this class. Bricen was a guy that we loved on tape, wanted to find out more about who he was and what he was. He came to camp and blew it away. When you talk about earning a scholarship, Bricen certainly did that. Not only because of his play on the field, but he came into camp with the pressure being on. The Central Catholic guys, very well-coached by Terry Totten, and a lot of them are in this Pittsburgh area. [Bricen]'s a great technician. Everybody's got different skill levels, and he's a guy, with his skill levels, also plays with great technique. Bricen's going to be a great addition to that secondary."
Zack Gilbert, DL, 6-1, 240 lbs; Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg HS
"A big defensive tackle, played some defensive end. His d-line coach was a guy by the name of Sean Gilbert, obviously a great football player here. Zack is a super, super kid. Going to be a big-time player for us and can't wait to get him on campus."
Damar Hamlin, DB, 6-1, 185 lbs; McKees Rocks. Pa./Central Catholic HS
"Tremendous athlete. Had him in camp, as well. Damar came into our indoor facility for kind of a one-day came with Evolve. You talk about a tremendous athlete, some of the best feet, hips, athletic corners that you can probably recruit. Can't say enough about him in the process. You guys all watched the video the other night about sitting right over here as far as how excited the staff got. Any time you go on TV and commit to the University of Pittsburgh at 6 o'clock in the evening when we're not really working, we're just kind of hanging out enjoying ourselves. Damar's a super player, he's very intelligent not only in the classroom, but on the field. We're excited, obviously, to have him in this class."
Bryce Hargrove, DL, 6-4, 260 lbs; Akron, Ohio/Coventry HS
"Another kid that camped here at the University of Pittsburgh. I talk about those guys that come to camp. Bryce came over to camp, as well. I don't believe we offered him prior to camp. I may be wrong, but again, another very big athlete. Something that we don't have a lot of, didn't get a lot in the last class."
"Bryce certainly helps us in the 'power' category. He's athletic, he's a basketball player. Great family support system there. Another guy, like lot of these guys got that hit late by some other big schools. The beautiful thing about some of these guys that got hit is they didn't call me and say, 'Coach, I'm thinking about going to visit here.' They just said, 'No thank you,' hung up and said, 'Coach, I got a call from such-and-such.' Don't need to mention the school, but just flat-out turned them down immediately without a fight."
George Hill, ATH, 5-11, 200 lbs; Youngstown, Ohio/Hubbard HS
"We've got him listed as an athlete because he is a flat-out athlete. Fast, probably one of the faster guys we have. A 10.6[-second] hundred-meter guy in the state of Ohio, I believe. Or at least will be this year. Has timed out anywhere between 10.6 and 10.8 in the 100-meter. He can play offense or defense. May just start him off on offense as a tailback or some H-back position. He shows up on every type of film you're going to find. He's got really good speed and athletic ability. He can go up and get the ball. We're looking forward to getting George here."
Patrick Jones, DL, 6-5, 250 lbs; Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield HS
"He’s 250 on the dot, but he’s a big athlete. Another guy that adds to that ‘power’ position. He can play tight end, he can play defensive end. If we need his services on offense, we’re going to find out what his ball skills look like because we did not have him in camp. Again, another very underrated player that can run and tackle people, so we’re happy to have him on defense."
Henry Miller, DB, 6-3, 205 lbs; Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway HS
"Henry’s another tall, lengthy DB. He’s 6-foot-3, can do a lot of different things if you watch him play cornerback. Plays a little tailback. You guys will see the video, very athletic guy. Again, another guy that was being hit very late in the recruiting process and we were able to hang on to him."
Chase Pine, LB, 6-2, 220 lbs; Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette HS
"He’s all over Twitter. People thought he was back and forth. Rob Harley did a great job of recruiting him and keeping him in the boat. He’s been forever committed. He really never wavered. It looked like he was, it looked like he was in, he’s out, he’s in, he’s out. A guy that has a lot of people around him in his ear, like all these kids do. In the end, Chase was able to sign with us today. He’s a big, very physical linebacker that’s going to play a lot of football for us on defense."
Kaezon Pugh, LB, 6-1, 210 lbs; Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa HS
"We know about the tradition at Aliquippa and it’s just great to keep that tradition going. Kaezon, a very athletic linebacker, a guy that can line up and play tailback for you. Came to camp, as well. Had a scholarship going into camp because his tape was unbelievable. Again, at 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, I think this guy’s going to blow up when he starts eating in our program and lifting with coach Andrews. Kaezon Pugh, super, super kid."
Elias Reynolds, LB, 6-2, 225 lbs; Brooklyn, N.Y./Poly Prep Country Day School
"Just another guy that we really don’t have enough of in our program. Guys that can play special teams, play linebacker. That guy can be an H-back, an athletic guy on offense, as well. Elias is a super kid that committed to us probably about three weeks ago, I believe. Maybe two-and-a-half weeks ago. A linebacker that we badly need. Very intelligent kid at Poly Prep and has great football intelligence."
Amir Watts, DL, 6-3, 270 lbs; Chicago/Wendell Phillips Academy
"Really a super kid, like every one of these guys. A defensive tackle. It says 6-3, 270-pound guy that’s, again, athletic. He could come in here and play defensive end, as well. We’ll see what he looks like when he gets here. Happy to have him in this class."
Rashad Weaver, DL, 6-5, 255 lbs; Cooper City, Fla./Cooper City HS
"I’ve known for a couple of days that he was going to come. He wanted to mess with coach Salem a little bit. I’ve known for the last couple of days, but you never know until you get that paper in. He just wanted to keep it quiet and make a big splash on signing day. As 2:30 approached, I was like, ‘Where is this guy? Maybe he’s not coming.’ From Cooper City High School right down outside of Fort Lauderdale in south Florida. A big, 6-foot-5, 255-pound kid that was originally committed to Michigan. They dropped him for whatever reason, and he’s a guy that really adds depth to our defensive line in this class. Big, athletic defensive end that can run. He can be a tight end. Very physical and, again, just another super kid who came up here without his mom for a visit. I think it was real hard for the mom to let her go someplace she hadn’t seen, so we’ll get her up here eventually, let her see it. Very, very intelligent kid that’s coming to this program and will add a lot to us."
Rashad Wheeler, DL, 6-3, 280 lbs; Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic HS
"Another big defensive tackle, played some defensive end. Those guys are very athletic. At that ‘power’ position, we’ve got a lot of big athletes that really can do a lot of different things, whether it’s d-end or d-tackle. Rashad is, again, a guy that’s really been a great recruiter in that high school for the last five or six months. I think he committed late summer and is going to be a super, super player for us."