The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 5, 2014

Pitt releases football recruiting class

PITTSBURGH — The Pitt football team has released its 23-man recruiting class. All information is provided by the University of Pittsburgh.

Name                                      Pos.            Ht.               Wt.          Hometown/High School/Prep School

Patrick Amara                       DB               6-2              190         Lansdowne, Pa./West Catholic

Adam Bertke                         QB               6-6              210         Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local

Rori Blair                                DL               6-4              230         Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair

Alex Bookser                          OL               6-6              295         Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon

Dennis Briggs                        RB               5-10            195         Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy

Jaquaun Davidson                ATH            6-2              170         Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward

Jamal Davis II                       LB                6-2              200         Canton, Ohio/Canton McKinley

Connor Dintino                      DL               6-3              295         Mashpee, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.)

James Folston Jr.                   LB                6-3              200         Rockledge, Fla./Cocoa

Mike Grimm                           OL               6-6              325         Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park

Connor Hayes                        OL               6-4              270         Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City West

Mike Herndon                       DL               6-4              320         Staunton, Va./Riverheads

Chris James                            RB               5-11            210         Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame College Prep

Adonis Jennings                    WR              6-3              195         Clementon, N.J./Timber Creek

Avonte Maddox                     DB               5-9              165         Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King

Phillipie Motley                     DB               5-10            170         Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson

Qadree Ollison                       RB               6-2              215         Niagara Falls, N.Y./Canisius

Brian O’Neill                          TE               6-6              245         Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School

Shane Roy                              DL               6-4              245         Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading

Hez Trahan                            DL               6-4              250         Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic

Jalen Williams                        DB               6-2              180         Newburgh, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy

Quintin Wirginis                    LB                6-2              220         Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel

Elijah Zeise                             WR              6-2              195         Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny


Patrick Amara, DB, 6-2, 190, Lansdowne, Pa./West Catholic

Pennsylvania Football News first-team All-Class AA performer at defensive back…All-Southeastern Pennsylvania…Philadelphia Daily News All-City…All-Catholic League…playing safety and wide receiver, led West Catholic to a 9-3 record, the Catholic League Class AA championship and the PIAA playoffs…compiled 43 tackles, 22 passes defended and three interceptions…had 25 receptions for 391 yards (15.6 avg.) and five touchdowns on offense…in his final two varsity seasons, led team to a combined 16-7 record, two Catholic League titles and consecutive state playoff berths under Coach Brian Fluck…rated the No. 20 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports…selected to play in two prominent all-star games, the Offense-Defense Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and Chesapeake Bowl in Virginia…was lauded by Rivals as one of the top performers in both games…had an interception and three pass breakups in the Offense-Defense Bowl…joins fellow West Catholic product Jaryd Jones-Smith, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, at Pitt.

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