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2024 3-Star WR Jeremiah Watkins Wanting Ahead to Bonding With Pitt Employees on Go to



KIPP Columbus Excessive Faculty out in Ohio is a frequent stomping floor for Ryan Manalac and Pitt’s teaching employees on the recruiting path.

Manalac was out at KIPP lately, checking in with a few Pitt targets within the class of 2024, and he spent a while with Jeremiah Watkins — a 6-foot-1, 185-pound three-star huge receiver.

“He was very cool,” Watkins informed PSN. “He was telling me issues I wanted to work on and issues that he want to see me develop and work on on and off the sphere. But in addition, he was cool. He was telling me about Pitt, and he made me , in order that’s why I’m coming.”

Watkins hasn’t but picked up a suggestion from Pitt, however he’s making a visit out to Pittsburgh on April 4 for a spring apply go to. “(Manalac) informed me to return after I was free and I used to be free, so I needed to e book it,” Watkins mentioned.

Whereas Watkins doesn’t but have a suggestion from Pitt, holding gives from Bowling Inexperienced, Campbell, Central Michigan, Massachusetts, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Toledo, UAB and Western Michigan, he’s constructed a robust relationship with Manalac.

It’s Manalac who satisfied Watkins to take a look at Pitt. Nevertheless it goes deeper than Manalac’s affect upon him.

KIPP teammate Cameron Frazier made it out to Pittsburgh for Pitt’s Junior Day in January, constructing a bond with huge receivers coach Tiquan Underwood within the course of, and he made positive to inform Watkins precisely the form of man Underwood is.

Watkins has talked to Underwood a bit himself, however the glowing endorsement from Frazier left him extra excited to fulfill Underwood in particular person than ever earlier than. Watkins, in fact, is gonna attempt to carry Frazier with him once more.

Watkins and Frazier shaped a number one 1-2 duo at huge receiver for KIPP in 2022, and in simply 5 video games, Watkins racked up 467 yards (20.3 yards per reception) and 7 touchdowns on 23 receptions and added 15 tackles (seven solo) and 4 tackles for loss defensively.

Manalac, whereas not a large receivers coach himself, sees a robust, big-bodied huge receiver in Watkins, who is ready to play within the slot and outdoors. He’s a bodily presence, however he’s a artful route runner, too.

247Sports charges Watkins because the One hundred and fiftieth-ranked huge receiver and the Sixty fifth-ranked recruit from Ohio within the class, whereas Rivals and On3 haven’t but rated him. However a robust summer season of camp appearances ought to assist him rise throughout recruiting boards.

Watkins has his April go to lined up proper now, and he’s planning a camp look over the summer season — adopted by both an official or unofficial go to down the road relying on how the longer term unfolds. He additionally has plans to go to Marshall, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Michigan over the summer season, too.

“Hopefully I can get (a suggestion) visiting subsequent month, but when I don’t get it, I don’t have any downside coming to camp and present out,” Watkins mentioned. “Additionally, I’m gonna attempt to have coach Underwood come go to me within the spring.

“Pitt is definitely one among my faculties that I need to — I’m very focused on. So, if I do get a suggestion from there, I’ll truly take my time and go to down there as a lot as I can.”

With regards to the place Watkins can see himself enjoying on the subsequent stage, he’s in search of a college the place he can construct robust relationships. A training employees that is ready to take him beneath its wing and assist him develop as a participant and an individual.

After all, the soccer side, becoming within the offense and carving out a task as early as attainable, is necessary, too.

He’s watched the best way Pitt has developed its gamers over the previous few years, taking explicit curiosity in a wideout like Jordan Addison, and he’s preferred what he’s seen. In his eyes, Pitt is on the rise.


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Duquesne Reaches Out To Boise Middle Switch Middle Burke Smith



The Duquesne Dukes are amongst a listing of groups which have reached out to Boise State middle Burke Smith.

In two seasons with Boise State, Smith hasn’t acquired a lot taking part in time, however the potential is actually there. This previous season, Smith performed in simply 10 video games and averaged simply 3.4 minutes per recreation.

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Smith is 6’11”, 230-pounds and is initially from Glen Allen, Virginia. Popping out of Trinity Episcopal Excessive College, Smith was a 3-star recruit as he led his group to a 104-18 report and 4 Virginia Prep League titles throughout his profession. As a senior, Smith averaged 14.4 factors, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a couple of.2 blocks per recreation. Regardless of his measurement, Smith shot 37.6% from 3-point vary and was one of many high capturing massive males in Virginia.

The Dukes shall be shedding measurement of their entrance court docket with the commencement of Austin Rotroff and Joe Reece, so Keith Dambrot shall be wanting so as to add some measurement to his 2023-24 roster.

Different faculties which have additionally reportedly reached out to Smith embody Michigan State, Richmond, Princeton, Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, Tulsa, East Carolina, Montana State and Florida Gulf Coast.


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Duquesne Basketball Q&A With Dave Harper



With each Duquesne basketball seasons within the books, there may be now loads of time to look again on the peaks and valleys each the women and men have skilled.

This piece would be the first in regard to season evaluate as Duquesne Vice President of Athletics Dave Harper spoke to PSN’s Zac Weiss previous to the lads’s staff formally being within the CBI.

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Under are his ideas in full.

General ideas on the lads’s staff’s season: “Clearly we had been all happy with the progress that we’ve made however on the identical time there’s a relentless drive to be a high-level postseason caliber staff and there can be a give attention to recruitment and participant improvement with the gifted core that we’ve bought. Hopefully it would result in extra incremental success.”

Concerning the turnaround from final season to this marketing campaign: “Our coaches work tirelessly in recruiting. They traveled extensively, labored on evaluations and analytics. The mannequin we used final 12 months will assist us this 12 months. We’ve bought work to do however we’ve got issues in our toolkit to maximise alternatives with recruiting. Will probably be the identical tireless method to amass and retain good expertise.”

Ideas on the group the staff had in place this season: “That’s a testomony to the younger males, they’re unbelievable youngsters. They’re profitable youngsters and nice human beings that get pleasure from taking part in with each other, the core coming again helped set up the sturdy tradition we’ve got. Hopefully this could venture to extra success in our convention.”

On the setback to La Salle within the Atlantic 10 Championship: “I do know there’s a bitter style in everybody’s mouths with how all the things ended. We had some inconsistent play which was unlucky however probably the most telling this was the eagerness within the locker room. That scene I used to be proud to see, they’re passionate and categorical gratitude for each other. These attributes contribute to profitable. Now we have to play constantly and recruit extra items. That may result in extra incremental success.”

On what it would take to make that subsequent step: “I’ve an excessive amount of confidence as a result of they’ve been extra adaptive of their teaching and extra targeted on participant improvement. There’s a good camaraderie which is necessary. They’re energized with the place they’re at proper now. We’re 3-4 video games from being in that prime a part of the A-10 and postseason dialog. There may be lots of work to do however that workers is craving that chance.”

General ideas on the ladies’s season: “There was enchancment little question however like on the lads’s aspect, they’re wanting extra. Now we have room for development in a lot of areas. Now we have a core group coming again that may be developed. Recruiting so as to add a number of lacking items is what we have to battle for the highest spot within the convention.”

What it takes to return to the previous commonplace of success: “Our give attention to recruiting on recruiting and participant improvement is vital to get again to the place we as soon as had been. There’s a batch of gifted new coaches, so it’s going to be a tricky climb little question. Now we have to be laser targeted on what is required for extra success.”

Ideas on coach Dan Burt: “The important thing for any coach is how adaptive you might be to the sport and expertise that you’ve. If you are able to do that and perceive what it takes to achieve success, you possibly can adapt and put the gamers in a spot to succeed. That’s one thing all good coaches do and that’s one thing that Dan can give attention to.”

On each groups seeing elevated consideration: “There’s been some excellent advertising and marketing efforts to develop attendance however there’s nothing higher than having an entertaining product and that’s what we’ve got. They’re youngsters you wish to help due to how they play and who they’re. Now we have development in all areas however that’s the place our focus stays and received’t waver.”

Concerning Pink & Blue Collective: “The NIL conversations weren’t a lot inner as they had been exterior. We had been lucky to have a really gifted, passionate group of supporters that perceive the NIL and to be current in that area. You possibly can’t sit on the curve and cease; you must be energetic and have a sustainable technique. We’ll by no means have one the place a participant picks a faculty primarily based on that however these are a part of the general bundle. It’s a mandatory piece for achievement and we’re lucky to place it in place formally and took our time to do it proper. Issues out of the gate had been loopy in lots of methods. We began having discussions 4-5 months in the past and got here to a consensus and realized we had been going to have a robust system for our NIL. Our gamers can be concerned in a lot of NIL actions within the subsequent 2-3 months that can serve a objective. Placing all the help instruments in place was simply as necessary as kicking it off.”

On transferring ahead: “Now we have all the mandatory aims by way of what we’ll help and allocate assets accordingly. Now it’s incremental development. We’ll win the following factor we do in recruiting and creating gamers. It’s a unending focus put it that method. The turnarounds that each made usually are not simple and the problem of attending to the 23–25-win stage with the precise wins is a big climb. We’ve bought lots of work to do.”

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